Seven Olympians in Eng­land squad

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Eng­land Sevens have an­nounced a squad that in­cludes seven Olympians for the first stop of the World Rugby Sevens Se­ries in Dubai next week­end. The squad, cap­tained by Tom Mitchell, will play Samoa, Rus­sia and New Zealand on day one. Mitchell is joined by fel­low Olympians Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Ol­lie Lind­say-Hague, Ruar­idh McCon­nochie, Dan Norton and James Rod­well.

“It is a very phys­i­cal pool so we need to match that but be smart in play­ing to our strengths,” said head coach Si­mon Amor.

“The first tour­na­ment is al­ways an in­ter­est­ing one as new coaches and play­ers bring dif­fer­ent styles and create un­known chal­lenges. It has been three months or more since the guys have played a com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment. This time has al­lowed for a good break and for some play­ers to have op­er­a­tions to clear up nig­gles and work to­wards full fit­ness. The squad are very much look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there, giv­ing their best in front of the ex­pat sup­port­ers, and mak­ing Eng­land proud.” Eng­land squad: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Alex Davis, Richard de Car­pen­tier, Ol­lie Lind­say-Hague, Char­lie Hayter, Ruar­idh McCon­nochie, Tom Mitchell (c), Dan Norton, James Rod­well, Ethan Wad­dle­ton. –Planet Rugby

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