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VIDEO – Dan Norton’s England Sevens ambitions

27 April 2012

 

Dan Norton is set on increasing his lead as the world’s most deadly Sevens marksman at the Marriott London Sevens after extending his contract with Ben Ryan’s side.

The flying wing has bagged 33 tries in sparkling campaign for England – six more than his nearest rival in the charts – but the 24-year-old needs to keep crossing the tryline if he is to meet his season’s target’s in the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The former Bristol man re-signed for England amid interest from a number of clubs and explained his reasons for staying on at a media day at Twickenham.

Norton said: “There was some interest in me but it didn’t mature and I’m happy with what I’m doing here. I’ve been here for the last three years and enjoy the environment, enjoy working with the players and the staff – it’s not really a bad day job.

"At the start of the season I set myself 45 tries but unfortunately I’m a little bit short of that. Dubai went really well for us but we’ve had a few tough results here and there throughout the season.

"We’ve now got the two home legs so we’re looking to finish on a high."

England Sevens wing Dan Norton shows a clean pair of heels to Fiji

Photo: Getty Images

England Sevens play in Glasgow on May 5/6 and then round off the season at the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham the following weekend.

Although Norton has signed for another year, there is much to look forward to on the Sevens circuit with a World Cup, Commonwealth Games and sevens’ accession to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Talking about his continued ambitions as the shorter form of the game grows, he added: "I'm looking forward to the World Cup next year in Russia.

"I’ve never been to a world cup before and only a handful of our boys in the squad have so it’s exciting and a great task to have.

"After that there’s things like the Commonwealth Games and then the Olympics in four years’ time. That’s on everyone’s agenda so watch this space."

You can buy tickets for the Marriott London Sevens via RFU.com, with weekend tickets from £30, with single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets from £5 each day.