Ellie Kildunne: England star aims for Olympics after helping Red Roses retain Women’s Six Nations | Rugby Union News | Sky Sports

Ellie Kildunne: England star aims for Olympics after helping Red Roses retain Women’s Six Nations | Rugby Union News | Sky Sports

Ellie Kildunne has her sights set on making up for missing out on the Olympics three years ago as she eyes a spot the Great Britain rugby sevens team for this summer’s event in Paris.

The 24-year-old helped Team GB qualify for the 2020 Games, which were delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but did not play in Tokyo as the offer of a full-time contract from the RFU to play the traditional 15-a-side form of rugby union in 2019 had proven too good to turn down.

Yet after helping England retain the Guinness Six Nations title and claim a third-straight Grand Slam with last Saturday’s 42-21 victory away to France, versatile back Kildunne is determined to secure a spot in the 2024 Olympic squad after being unable to compete last time around.

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“It’s still a big question I’ve got to find the answer to myself,” Kildunne told Sky Sports News. “I was part of the sevens group before the last Olympics and unfortunately, I had to take a different route and head towards the World Cup instead.

“It’s always been that almost been there and didn’t quite take it. I talk about wanting to be the best player in the world, and that comes from taking opportunities and taking leaps which is what I’m doing.

“I’m just looking forward to what’s in store. Being part of a new group and bonding with a new team is just going to get me to places that I don’t know where they are yet.”

Kildunne was one of the stars of the Red Roses team as they again swept all before them to clinch the Women’s Six Nations title for the sixth time in a row, finishing as the tournament’s leading try-scorer after crossing the whitewash nine times.

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