By Lisa Burgess • 19 February 2020 • 17:19
Photo credit: Villajoyosa town hall
SPAIN’S national rugby team, nicknamed Los Leones, have been training in Villajoyosa on the Costa Blanca for the current World Rugby Sevens Series. The World Sevens series is a top-level competition of 10 tournaments between 15 core international teams, plus one regional qualifier. Los Leones earned their place as a core team in 2017 and since then have fought to stay remaining amongst the top sides in the course of tournaments that are played in 10 countries on five continents. The Spanish side spent six days in the town, training at the pitch in El Pantano, the home ground of the La Vila Rugby Club, which Pablo Feijoo described as one of the best rugby grounds in Spain.
“Alicante’s climate, as well as El Pantano’s fantastic installations, were key to our decision to train in Villajoyosa for our next matches,” he said. All of Feijoo’s indispensable players were present in Villajoyosa with the team’s captain Paco Hernandez at their head. Also, there were young talents including Martin Alonso, Nil Vessuri, Juandre Kleynhans, Enrique Bolinhes, Jorge Calvobut the best news was the return of Alejandro Alonso. Fundamental to the Los Leones’ success, he is now 100 per cent recovered from an injury that kept him out of the game for more than six months. Los Leones will be playing in Los Angeles on February 29 and March 1 where they will face their main rivals, Wales, before moving on to Vancouver on March 7 and 8.
LOS LEONES: Spain’s rugby side trained in Villajoyosa
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