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ROC Russia's women ready to make their mark
Making no mistake

The ROC team missed out on qualifying for Rio 2016 in heartbreaking fashion, losing the Olympic Repechage final to Spain.

Five years on, the ROC were determined not to suffer the same fate as they competed at the repechage in Monaco.

Andrey Kuzin’s side duly secured their progress to Tokyo 2020 with a six-try 38-0 qualifier final win over Kazakhstan in June.

Sevens pedigree

The ROC team have appeared in every women’s World Rugby Sevens Series, missing just one tournament.

They have reached two Cup finals, but are yet to win a World Series tournament.

Their highest World Series finish is fifth, something they’ve done twice times — in 2014 and 2017. 

The European nation has appeared at three Rugby World Cup Sevens, reaching the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2018.

They have won six Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix Series titles, including the last four in a row.

Brilliant Baizat

Baizat Khamidova has been a near constant presence in the team since the inception of the World Series.

Khamidova and her sister Navrat were plucked from obscurity by former team coach Pavel Baranovsky.

She has gone on to score 108 tries in 184 World Series matches.

Prolific Zdrokova

Elena Zdrokova was in her first year as an international when the ROC team lost the repechage final in 2016.

But the 24-year-old caught the eye in Monaco as she scored nine tries in five matches to help seal Olympic qualification.

Zdrokova has been equally prolific on the World Series, scoring 86 tries in just 113 matches.