The possibility of defending the title “Wolfpack” is not bad. This is what the German national team in rugby seven is called. The first of two tournaments for the European Championship starts in Lisbon on Saturday. “We want to win the title, and that’s the goal,” said Phil Sasseny, of Hanover 78.
The team’s only Hanover player, club teammate Bastian van Bosch (formerly Himmer) and coach Nicholas from Germany are missing with injuries. The DRV selection is followed by a 15-month hiatus with Lithuania, Georgia and Portugal. These are solvable tasks. “We want to be a group winner and an easy opponent in the quarter-finals,” he said.
The big rugby nations of France, Ireland and Great Britain are missing this year. The tournament for the final Olympic ticket is scheduled for next week – that’s their focus. Rio won the Great Britain Silver Medal in 2016. The second European Championship tournament for Germany’s selection will take place in Moscow at the end of June.
The German Sevens women’s European championship season begins in Lisbon. For them, this means continuing after being promoted again. Katherine Epp and Jessin Adler are on the list from Germany.
Group A coach Max Pietrek’s team will face defending champions Russia and Romania.