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Doctor’s orders: Polish team to ‘quit jobs’ if they win Women’s World Series qualifier at Hong Kong Sevens

History making outfit made up of nurses, builders, teachers and more are ecstatic to have the chance to ply their trade at the home of sevens

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 2:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 2:29pm

They are the first team from Poland to play at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and they want to quit their jobs if they win the Women’s World Series qualifier.

The outfit – made up from a wide range of professions – are already the most successful rugby team in Poland’s history, but victory this week would be life changing.

“Everybody has got a job – we have got a nurse, a doctor, an architect, a builder, a teacher and an accountant,” said captain Karolina Jaszczyszyn.

“Qualifying for the World Series would be a big change for us. If we make it we should quit our jobs and start training two to three times a day.”

Funding is limited and there is no guarantee there would be any major increase should Poland qualify for the World Series – “we hope so but first of all we have to win, then we will see” – but the team is ecstatic just to be at the home of sevens.

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“We are very excited and everyone in Poland is proud of us,” said Jaszczyszyn. “This is the biggest achievement for Polish rugby, the first one was our sixth place in the European Championship and the qualifiers [for Hong Kong] was the second one.

“It’s something fresh, people don’t know rugby in Poland and not many cities have a team. It’s an unusual sport in Poland.”