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England's rugby star hopes that a brave sacrifice can catapult her to the Olympic Games in Paris

Meg Jones, 27, played for the victorious Red Roses in the 15s team last season but has now returned to the 7s team ahead of the HSBC SVNS 2024 Grand Final in Madrid.

Meg Jones of Leicester Tigers celebrates(2024 Getty Images)

Meg Jones knows that rugby is unfair, so she is doing everything she can to take part in the Olympics.

The 27-year-old played in the 15s team for the victorious Red Roses last season, but has now returned to the 7s team ahead of the HSBC SVNS 2024 Grand Final in Madrid. The tournament is the last chance for competitors to bid for Olympic selection in a competitive environment, with Jones hoping to displace one of the players who has been part of the cycle all along.




“My biggest problem is that the game is unfair,” she said. “No matter how much you want to be loyal and stand by the team and its tasks.”

“You also have to stick to what you have to do and I understood that when I came back to the Red Roses and then back to Sevens.

“Yes, there is a team aspect and how you fit into that, no doubt, and my emotional intelligence is probably something that sets me apart, so I understand that. But the game isn't forever, so you have to do what's best for you, and when you do that, I think you get the best out of the individual.”

Jones admits that while an Olympic medal is her current priority, she also has her eye on winning the Rugby World Cup, which returns to England next year. That was also her motivation for spending last season with John Mitchell's Red Roses and being there when England won the Grand Slam.

And she is not the only one making the switch: Women's Six Nations Championship player Ellie Kildunne is also returning to Sevens.

Megan Jones of England scores a goal against France at the 2017 World Cup(Getty Images Europe)

She added: “Under John Mitchell the attitude has changed that the game is unfair and that is important in the sevens game too. I learned that before but I think it has become even clearer now. How can we react if the referee makes a wrong decision or has not seen something?