- De Carpentier and Barrell added to England Sevens squad for Murrayfield
- Ben Ryan’s side looking to finish season on a high after London disappointment
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Richard de Carpentier has been called up make his England Sevens debut at Murrayfield in the final leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.
England Students No.8 de Carpentier and Saracens flanker Don Barrell are the two changes made by Head Coach Ben Ryan for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival.
They take over from injured forward Tom Powell – who needs surgery on a skull fracture – and Toulon-bound England flanker Steffon Armitage.
Powell suffered the depressed fracture above his right eye against the USA in England’s opening game at the Emirates Airline London Sevens and took no further part in the tournament.
Barrell, 25, made his England Sevens debut in 2005-06 and featured in last year’s series. Fylde product de Carpentier, 21, captained the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) this season and has appeared for Leicester Tigers in the Aviva A League.
"Although we’ve had to make changes, Don and Richard will bring lots of enthusiasm to the group and give the squad a lift going into the final tournament of the series," said Ryan.
"Don Barrell we know well from last year and he’s already up to speed while Richard de Carpentier has trained with us and he’s a great young talent who’s been outstanding for England Students this season."
England’s exit from the cup completion at the pool stages in London leaves them in second-place, heading to Murrayfield with a five-point lead in the series rankings over London champions South Africa.
They complete an all European Pool B with Spain, Portugal and Wales with the group winners facing the runners-up in Pool A, which consists of champions New Zealand, Argentina, Russia and France.