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Midlands quartet in England Sevens squad

08 October 2009

  • Midlands quartet in England Sevens squad
  • The four are part of 21-strong IRB Sevens World Series squad

Worcester Warriors flanker Jake Abbott

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Four Midlands-based players have been included in this season's England Sevens training squad.

Worcester Warriors flanker Jake Abbott, Moseley No. 8 James Rodwell and Birmingham & Solihull pair David Akinluyi and Chris Brightwell have all been included in the 21-strong squad for the IRB Sevens World Series.

Abbott, who has played for Midlands Under-20s and senior rugby for North Midlands, has been included in the England Sevens squad for the first time along with flanker Brightwell, a New Zealander who is in his second season with Birmingham & Solihull.

Brightwell played for the Help for Heroes side in the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham earlier this season alongside Akinluyi who was recently registered by Birmingham & Solihull.

Winger Akinluyi, who scored a try for Cambridge in the 2005 Varsity Match, previously played for Northampton Saints.

Rodwell, another former North Midlands Under-20 player, has been included in the England Sevens training squad for a third season.