- England Sevens add Brightwell and Edgerley to squad for inaugural Tokyo Sevens
- Ben Ryan’s side looking to build on fourth place in Hong Kong
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England have added forward Chris Brightwell and half back Sam Edgerley to the squad for this weekend’s inaugural Tokyo Sevens.
The former Sale Sharks flanker replaces Chris Cracknell, who sustained a shoulder injury in yesterday’s semi final defeat against Fiji at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Brightwell, 27, is a full-time England Sevens player and appeared at the Gold Coast Sevens in November, the opening event of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
There is one other change to the squad – centre Isoa Damudamu returns home because of his commitments with the British Army so Rosslyn Park half back Sam Edgerley comes in for his first appearance at this level.
England will face Hong Kong champions Fiji again in the pool stages at the Prince Chichibu Stadium in Tokyo this weekend.
Hosts Japan and Dubai finalists France are their other opponents in Pool A with Pool D big guns South Africa and Samoa the potential quarter final opponents.