- England Sevens coach Ben Ryan previews the Adelaide Sevens
- We need to use the whole squad on fastest pitch – Ryan
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England Sevens coach Ben Ryan trusts the depth of his squad as they look to hunt down New Zealand at the International Rugby Sevens Adelaide this weekend.
After losing to the Kiwis in the final of Cathay Pacific Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, England are five points off the summit of the HSBC Sevens World Series with three events remaining.
With the sharp turnaround after last weekend’s Hong Kong tournament, Ryan knows he will have to use all of his squad to be in contention on the fastest pitch on the Sevens circuit.
Speaking to RFU.com from Adelaide, he said: "In the past we haven’t had the depth of squad – we’ve had to roll the guys out that front lined it in Hong Kong for three days and they’ve had to do the same in Adelaide.
"It’s really tough for them so what we’re doing this time round is trusting the rest of that squad to deliver and that means the guys who didn’t play so much in Hong Kong have go and step up and take more of the workload.
"If you’re going to win the world series you’ve got to have a good squad and not just your front liners so it’s a real chance for guys on the fringes this weekend to play on what is the fastest pitch and probably suits us as well as any tournament on the circuit."
Ryan wants another shot at New Zealand
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England face Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Argentina on Saturday with the group winners likely to play Kenya or Wales in Sunday's quarter finals.
The Australian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series has not been a happy hunting ground in recent times, but Ryan knows what his side needs to do to stay in contention for a maiden overall title – beat New Zealand.
"It’s definitely been our most underperforming tournament – that’s a nicer way of saying we’ve been rubbish here for the last five years.
"It will probably come down to us and New Zealand, which means for us it’s a very straightforward goal. We need to make sure we get into London with a serious tilt at the title and if that points difference between us and New Zealand gets anything above double figure we can forget any world series.
"But if we can keep it down to below that and hopefully this weekend we can narrow that five point gap.
"If we get a chance to play New Zealand again this weekend, I think on a firm surface and with what we learnt from the final as individuals and as a collective, will make a big difference."
You can buy tickets to see England in action at the Emirates Airline London Sevens beach party via RFU.com, with prices from £15.