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Earnshaw calls up England Sevens stars for World University Championships

13 June 2012

  • Mitchell, Bibby and Edgerley named in squad for Brive
  • Earnshaw leads coaching team at World University Champs
England Sevens playmaker Tom Mitchell is appearing in his second World University Championships

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Two of next season's full-time England Sevens squad have been named in the Great Britain side for next month's World University Championships.

Playmakers Tom Mitchell (Oxford University) and Dan Bibby (Cardiff Metropolitan University) both featured in the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2011-12 as did Rosslyn Park half back Sam Edgerley (University College, London).

The 12-man group also includes former Northampton Saints and England Sevens wing David Smith (Newcastle University) while Sam Shires (Newcastle University & England) and Owen Jenkins (Cardiff Metropolitan University & Wales) appeared for their countries in this month's opening round of the FIRA AER European GP Sevens.

This year's World University Championships Sevens is staged in Brive from July 11-13 with 18 competing teams and Great Britain are aiming to improve on their third place finish behind Portugal and Russia in Porto two years ago, when Mitchell and Smith both featured in the team.

England's Russell Earnshaw was appointed as head coach by BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sports) backed up by Wales's Richard Hodges in a Great Britain team delivered by BUCS in a collaborative venture with the home unions

And Earnshaw believes they have the personnel to improve on their 2010 record at the Stade Amedee-Domenech.

He said: "There's lots of experience in the squad and we've expanded the selection process and programme this year in terms of training and playing in tournaments.

"That's brought other players through with the likes of Sam Shires and Owen Jenkins going on to play for their countries this summer.

"We want to do well in Brive and we've put together a strong side with that goal in mind."

Great Britain squad
Joseph Atkinson (Loughborough Univ)
Christopher Banfield (Cardiff Metropolitan Univ)
Daniel Bibby (Cardiff Metropolitan Univ)
Samuel Cross (Cardiff Metropolitan Univ)
Sam Edgerley (University College, London)
Jake Henry (Cardiff Metropolitan Univ)
Owen Jenkins (Cardiff Metropolitan Univ)
Dante Mama (Loughborough Univ)
Thomas Mitchell (Oxford Univ)
David Smith (Newcastle Univ)
Sam Shires (Newcastle Univ)
Luke Treharne (Exeter Univ)