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England Sevens bring in Watson for Adelaide

29 March 2011

  • London Irish wing Marcus Watson replaces Greg Barden at the Adelaide Oval
  • England chasing top spot with three tournaments remaining
Wing Marcus Watson appeared for England at Under 20 level last season

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Marcus Watson has been added to the England squad for this weekend's International Rugby Sevens Adelaide.

The London Irish wing, who makes his first appearance at this level, will replace Greg Barden, who returns home to play for the Royal Navy.

Watson, 19, has played for England's Under 20 side and appeared at last year's IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina. He should be suited to this weekend's playing surface at the Adelaide Oval, which is regarded as the quickest pitch on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit.

"Marcus has fitted in really well and looked very sharp in training," said England head coach Ben Ryan.

"He makes his debut for us on a pitch that should really suit him and adds to the options among our outside backs alongside the likes of Dan Caprice, Dan Norton and Mathew Turner."

England have been edged into second place in the HSBC Sevens World Series after being beaten 29-17 by New Zealand in the final of last weekend's Cathay Pacific Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.

But there are three tournaments remaining in which they can regain top spot and a first ever title with Adelaide followed by the Emirates Airline London Sevens (May 21-22) and the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens (May 28-29).

England face Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Argentina on Saturday in Adelaide with the group winners likely to play Kenya or Wales in Sunday's quarter finals.

You can watch the England Sevens team 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 now from £15 via RFU.com.

England Sevens squad for Adelaide
Player Team
John Brake England Sevens
Dan Caprice England Sevens
Chris Cracknell England Sevens
Ben Gollings (C) England Sevens
Ollie Lindsay-Hague Harlequins
Dan Norton Bristol Rugby
Mark Odejobi Esher and Brunel Uni
Tom Powell England Sevens
James Rodwell England Sevens
Nick Royle England Sevens
Mathew Turner England Sevens
Marcus Watson London Irish

HSBC Sevens World Series rankings

1 New Zealand 110pts, 2 England 105, 3 Fiji 84, 4 Samoa 84, 5 South Africa 72, 6 Australia 46.