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England face tough trio at Emirates Airline London Sevens

11 April 2011

  • England chasing HSBC Sevens World Series leaders at Twickenham
  • Ryan's men face USA, France and Argentina in pool stage on Day 1
England Sevens head coach Ben Ryan is aiming at a London title to keep up the pressure on New Zealand

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England have learned the identity of their pool stage opponents at next month's Emirates Airline London Sevens.

The second seeds have been grouped with Argentina, the USA and France in Pool B of the tournament staged at Twickenham Stadium on May 21-22.

Ben Ryan's side trail leaders New Zealand by 13 points going into the final two legs of this season's HSBC Sevens World Series. Their target is to repeat their 2009 title win at Twickenham to close the gap going into the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens on May 28-29.

If England top their group they will face the runners-up from Pool A – containing New Zealand, Wales, Kenya and Spain – on Day 2 at Twickenham.

"We're primed for a pretty big assault on the Emirates Airline London Sevens and we need to win the tournament to have a chance to win the series," said England head coach Ryan.

"France are looking to turn things around at sevens and the USA and Argentina sides are improving all the time.

"The strength of the emerging European teams – like Russia and Portugal – means you can argue that this is the most competitive tournament in the series. Who we're drawn against doesn't matter too much, we know we'll have to do our homework and work very hard."

Micky Young celebrates England's 2009 win at the Emirates Airline London Sevens

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London title-holders Australia face series champions Samoa, Scotland and Canada in Pool C, with South Africa, Fiji, Russia and Portugal in Pool D.

IRB Sevens Manager Beth Coalter said: "Once again the stage is set for a thrilling climax to the season. Last year the crowd, the weather and the rugby combined to make Twickenham an electric and truly memorable weekend of sevens and we can all expect more of the same this year."

England won the 2009 Emirates Airline London Sevens in stunning style, coming from 19-0 down to beat New Zealand 31-26 with Newcastle Falcons scrum half Micky Young scoring the winner.

Australia are the current holders after Henry Vanderglas's late try clinched their 19-14 success against South Africa in last year's final.

Emirates Airline London Sevens

Pool A: New Zealand, Wales, Kenya, Spain
Pool B: England, Argentina, USA, France
Pool C: Samoa, Australia, Scotland, Canada
Pool D: South Africa, Fiji, Russia, Portugal

HSBC Sevens World Series standings

1 New Zealand 134pts, 2 England 121, 3 Samoa 100, 4 South Africa 92, 5 Fiji 90, 6 Australia 52, 7 Argentina 32, 8 Wales 30, 9 Kenya 12, 10 USA 10, 11 Portugal, Russia, Scotland 8, 14 Canada 5.

You can watch England Sevens in action and join the beach party on May 21 and 22 at Twickenham Stadium in the Emirates Airline London Sevens, the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Tickets are available from £15 via RFU.com.