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England Sevens apply Brake in Port Elizabeth

06 December 2013

  • One change to England squad pooled with Samoa, Argentina and Zimbabwe
  • Teams and tournament pay tribute to former South Africa President Mandela
John Brake in action at the Gold Coast Sevens

Photo: Getty Images

John Brake replaces Mike Ellery in the England squad for this weekend’s Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in South Africa.

Ellery – who scored four tries in Dubai last weekend – has been ruled out with a quadriceps injury.

England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor said: “It’s a shame that Mike won’t be fit to follow up on his excellent performances last weekend but John is an experienced England Sevens international who will bring a great deal of energy to the side and make a big impact.”

All the 16 international teams in action this weekend will wear black armbands and pay tribute to former South Africa President Mandela in the Port Elizabeth stadium named after him.

Amor added: “It’s a very sad day here in South Africa and the grief is very tangible. You can feel the sense of loss wherever you go and it’s right that all the teams and the tournament will pay tribute to such an important and inspirational figure this weekend.”

England are fourth in the HSBC Sevens World Series following the opening two events with third and fourth place finishes at the Gold Coast and Dubai tournaments.

They take on Samoa (09:44 GMT), Zimbabwe (12:50) and Argentina (16:20) in the pool stages tomorrow live on Sky Sports HD2 (from 09:00, Red Button from 13:00).

England Sevens squad

Dan Bibby, John Brake, Phil Burgess, Sam Edgerley, Alex Gray, Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton, Tom Powell, James Rodwell, Mathew Turner, Marcus Watson, Jeff Williams.