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De Carpentier nails down England Sevens place

24 May 2011

  • 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
Richard De Carpentier celebrates a try for England Students against France Universities

Photo: Getty Images

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.

England Sevens squad for Edinburgh Sevens
Player Team
Don Barrell Saracens
John Brake England Sevens
Dan Caprice England Sevens
Chris Cracknell England Sevens
Ben Gollings (C) England Sevens
Richard de Carpentier UWIC
Ollie Lindsay-Hague Harlequins
Dan Norton Bristol Rugby
James Rodwell England Sevens
Nick Royle England Sevens
Mathew Turner England Sevens
Marcus Watson London Irish