Girls Sevens Squad Named For European Championship

The Ireland Sevens management have confirmed their squad of 12 players to travel to Vichy in France this weekend to compete in the Rugby Europe Under 18 Women’s Sevens Championship. The tournament fixtures/pools are listed here.

The squad features seven players who won bronze medals at the UK School Games in Loughborough University last weekend.

Brittany Hogan, Claire Boles, Eimear Corri, Ellie Rix, Emily Lane, Enya Breen and Katie Heffernan were all involved in last weekend’s competition, with Portlaoise winger Corri scoring six tries in as many games.

The Irish side have been drawn in a challenging pool with Russia, Germany and invitational side USA.pandora charms Coach Stan McDowell is looking forward to seeing how the players get on in France.

“We have a very talented group of Under 18 players and we have selected 12 of those to travel to Vichy this weekend to take part in the Rugby Europe tournament,” said McDowell.

“We are going to be up against some very good opposition in Pool C. Germany, Russia and the USA will all have strong teams with them so the players will need to be at the top of their game.

“There was a strong showing last weekend at the UK School Games, so we’ll be hoping the players who were involved there can build on that success, while the new players in the squad will have the opportunity to show what they can do.”

18 fatal Redmere crash pilot US Marine Taj Sareen who would risk life to save others

Emergency services at the scene of a plane crash at Shippea Hill.

Witnesses have suggested the US Marine Corps pilot, who leaves behind a young daughter, appeared to eject later than he had to in a bid to avoid nearby houses in Redmere, Cambridgeshire.

Friends of Major Sareen, a pilot of 11 years in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the “hero” pilot, who is from the San Diego area.

Preston Phillips, ABC news anchor, was a friend of the pilot who had taken off from RAF Lakenheath with five other F/A 18C Hornets (F 18s) on Wednesday morning.

After hearing reports that Major Sareen had attempted to avoid houses, he told ABC 7 News: “I knew that was Taj. That’s Taj in a heartbeat. I mean, he would do that to save people.”

Emergency services at the scene of a plane crash at Shippea Hill.

He added on Twitter that he was “crushed” by the news, saying that he “couldn’t hold back tears” while working on the story of his friend’s death for ABC.

He posted: “A friend. A hero. An all around great guy. You will be greatly missed Taj, but you will never be forgotten.”

Major Sareen, who went to the University of San Francisco, was flying home to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in California, after seeing active combat duty on a six month tour in the Middle East.

ABC 7 News Photographer Chris Jewett went to university with the pilot, telling US media: “He had this confidence and infectious smile.

Emergency services at the scene of a plane crash at Shippea Hill.

“When he came in the room everyone wanted to talk to him whether he was wearing his dress blues (uniform) or not. It just seemed like something he was called to do, something meaningful.”

The F 18 that Major Sareen was flying crashed into fenland five miles from RAF Lakenheath at around 10.30am on October 21, with an ejector seat seen drifting through the fog and cloud and coming to rest nearly a mile from the debris.

The five other F 18 Hornet pilots were safely diverted to RAF Lossiemouth, in Scotland.

Witnesses spoke of a 300 to 400 foot fireball and an “unbelievable” bang that shook the houses around the farmer’s field.

Emergency services at the scene of a plane crash at Shippea Hill. Eye witness Karen Miles Holdaway.

Karen Miles Holdaway, 48, of Redmere, was in her garden, which backs onto the field where the jet came down.

“I have to say the whole community is feeling for the pilot’s family, and we send our condolences and prayers. I think that he could have ejected earlier, but was trying to avoid the houses and for that we are incredibly grateful. I wish I could shake his hand as a lot of us were home in our houses today, it could have been far worse.”

The USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing, at RAF Lakenheath, is now dealing with securing the crash sites, confirming yesterday that an investigation is now underway.

The 48th Fighter Wing commander, Colonel Robert Novotny, visited the scene. He said: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of the Marine aviator’s life yesterday, and here at RAF Lakenheath we stand ready to assist.

“The squadron had a successful combat deployment in the Middle East, and then to have an accident like this on their way home was tragic.

“We only get one chance to make this right. It’s times like this that highlight the great alliance we have with the UK, working side by side during the response efforts.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this Marine, as well as with the Red Devils and everyone at Miramar as they endure this tragedy.”

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