The end of the season finds us at the peak of our performance, having had a very good final HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament in Biarritz last month.

We finished fourth, beating Australia in the quarter-finals, in what was a good tournament, making us very happy before so many of our fans who had made the trip to support us.

We have been working very hard and well towards the end of the season and our goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games and this weekend we play the European qualifying tournament at Kazan, Russia.

We took a confidence boost from the way we played in the first round of the Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Marcoussis last month, where we finished third behind hosts France and Russia.

This is important because it means we are seeded third for the qualifier, but we need to stay focused as the tournament will be very hard and there are many teams of a similar standard, not least the five core teams on the world series in Russia, France, Ireland, England and, of course, Spain.

We think that anyone can win and the truth is that two of these core teams will not even make it to the global repechage.

But we have worked very seriously this week, we are very focused, knowing that games will be decided on small details and we are hoping that we will win this Olympic qualifying tournament.

If not, the next best will be secure a place in the Olympic Repechage tournament next year by finishing second or third.

As we await for the moment to take the field, we are hoping that we will be able to once again live the experiences of Rio 2016.