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Vickerman ready to spearhead RWC challenge

24 June 2013

  • Vickerman ready to put 2009 disappointment behind him
  • England set to play Portugal, Hong Kong & Argentina in World Cup pools
England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman (C) at the Marriott London Sevens

Photo: Getty Images

Rob Vickerman says England have learned their lessons from the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens and they won’t be making the same mistakes again in Moscow this week (June 28-30) for the 2013 RWC.

The England Sevens captain is one of just two survivors from the RWC 7s four years ago, alongside fellow forward James Rodwell, when England finished fifth at that tournament after being knocked out in the quarter finals by Samoa.

“My abiding memory of 2009 is of utter disappointment,” said Vickerman. “Getting knocked out at the quarter-finals when all four top seeds fell was crushing. I’ve got a picture of me at home with my now wife in the crowd and there is just sheer devastation on my face.

"The guys in the changing room were shattered. That is something I am definitely going to take with me because we can have no regrets in Moscow. This is a one off, all gunning blazing event and we can leave nothing behind if we are to be successful.”

England Sevens wing Dan Norton

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Vickerman leads an exciting squad this time around, on which includes top try scorer in this season’s HSBC World Sevens Series Dan Norton, who was also named the HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year last month.

Also nominated for the award were Marcus Watson and Tom Powell and they both make the squad alongside Mat Turner and Tom Mitchell, who returned from injury at the end of the world series campaign. 

“I am honoured to be leading this team,” added Vickerman. “For me I am just doing my bit and contributing how I can. I am lucky there are lots of players here who are natural leaders. This is a really exciting squad; we have got some quick and agile backs and a dogged set of forwards who I know can achieve a lot. If we are physical and bring our A game to Russia then I think we can do some damage.”

England will play Portugal on Friday and then Hong Kong and Argentina in the pool stages on Saturday.

England Sevens World Cup squad

Tom Powell
James Rodwell
Mike Ellery
Rob Vickerman
Jeffrey Williams
John Brake
Mat Turner
Tom Mitchell
Christian Lewis-Pratt
Marcus Watson
Dan Norton
Mark Odejobi