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Your News Day says England are ready for the World Cup

With just three weeks to go before the 2009 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens kicks-off in Dubai, England Women are fine-tuning their preparations in San Diego this week.

Led by skipper Sue Day, England will play Japan and the USA in the San Diego Sevens pool stages on Friday before hoping to contest the latter stages of the competition.

Day, who has 59 caps for England, said: "We arrived in San Diego on Sunday night and although we have had little time here so far we are really enjoying being here in the States.

"San Diego for us is really all about dotting the i's and crossing the t's, getting everything right and putting it all into practice ready for the world cup. Certainly we hope we are already there, but this is our dry run.

"It's also a great chance for us to learn more about our opposition, and to get more game time, which is the most important thing for us."

The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens is the first of its kind for women's rugby, and it will run alongside the men's tournament in March. For Day this competition was clearly too much for her to resist, despite initially hanging up her international rugby boots in 2007.

She added: "The chance to play in a sevens world cup was an opportunity I just couldn't miss. I have played in three other world cups, but they've always been in XVs so this was and is really exciting.

"It has been hard work, it's a new code to learn and a new programme to get on with but it's great to be back with the players. Certainly being back hasn't been a shock to the system, it's just been a wonderful experience."

Day is back in the squad with her former England captain Jo Yapp, who also returned to international rugby last season just to play sevens. The duo are joined by a handful of players who were just making their mark when Day and Yapp called it a day in XVs.

"This is a really exciting bunch of players and I am proud to be their captain," added Day. "It's nice to be back with Yappy as one of the two more experienced players, but it's also nice to be playing with this young squad who, despite their age, already have huge amounts of international experience. They are players who aren't afraid to give it a go, they want to make it happen. Our ultimate aim is to win the world cup and I think we have the potential to do that with this squad."

England San Diego Sevens Squad

Sue Day Wasps C

Maggie Alphonsi Saracens

Heather Fisher Wasps

Emma Layland Richmond

Sarah Beale Lichfield

Jo Yapp Worcester

Rachael Burford Saracens

Danielle Waterman Blaydon Team Northumbria

Claire Allan Saracens

Kat Merchant Worcester

Michaela Staniford Wasps

Charlotte Barras Saracens

San Diego Sevens Schedule:

Friday February 13th

Pool Stages:

England v Japan, KO 420pm GMT

England v USA 2, KO 550PM GMT

England v USA1, KO 755PM GMT

Semi-final, KO TBC

Saturday February 14th

Final, KO 11.01PM GMT

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