POOLE-born Amy Wilson Hardy helped England's rugby sevens women to qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Competing in the Europe qualifying event in Kazan, England defeated Russia 19-0 in the final, following earlier 17-7 and 14-12 wins over Ireland and France respectively.

Heather Fisher, Emma Uren and Alex Matthews all crossed the whitewash for England against Russia with the Red Roses now going onto represent Great Britain next year.

England head coach James Bailey said: "I'm absolutely over the moon and so proud of everyone's effort.

"The girls have just put in performance after performance.

"The quarter-final against Ireland, the semi-final against France and the final against Russia were all built on effort and desire.

"They are a special group and it's been an incredible journey.

"We've had to dig in deep many a time, but they've got their reward this weekend. They are still a really young group and it's so exciting to think what the future holds for them."