- Consistency vital for Norton and England Sevens
- Former Bristol flyer gunning for home success
England Sevens back Dan Norton is flying high as this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series top try scorer but team success is at the forefront of his ambitions.
Speaking at the launch of the new England Sevens Canterbury home and away shirts, the former Bristol wing highlighted the frustration within the team following disappointing pool defeats in Hong Kong and Tokyo last month, despite his personal tally of 37 tries to date.
“To be honest, I’d rather trade my tries for being higher up in the standings. It’s annoying the way the season’s gone for us. It’s been pretty up and down. We’ve shown in the last two tournaments that we can perform but we need to be better in the bigger games, and in the important games, the pool games.”
Ben Ryan’s England Sevens team currently sit tenth in the World Series standings after claiming the Bowl title at the Tokyo Sevens thanks largely to an eight-try haul in three games by Norton: “It was good to be scoring those tries but again, frustration that we’re not in a stronger position. It would be nicer to be scoring them in the Cup. If I scored ten tries in the Cup I’d be pretty happy with that.”
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Glasgow is the next port of call on May 4-5 for the squad, with a return to home soil the following weekend at the Marriott London Sevens. Norton is relishing a return to a happy hunting ground with memories of the 2009 Twickenham leg win still fresh in the mind: “It was amazing. It was my third tournament and to be involved in winning a tournament in front of 50,000 people was just quite a surreal moment.
“Hopefully we can re-enact it and get some more good memories here of this year. Get the crowd on their feet again and get them all enjoying the [Safari] theme and shouting and screaming for us.
“Our family and friends are here and we’re playing in front of people who love us as well and it’s just an awesome experience.”