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England make two changes to Hong Kong Sevens squad

07 March 2013

  • Ellery to make first HSBC Sevens World Series appearance
  • Worcester flanker De Carpentier adds to England firepower
Mike Ellery

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Forwards Mike Ellery and Richard De Carpentier have been drafted into the England squad for this month’s Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

Ellery, 23, has been sidelined by a back injury since appearing in the European GP Series for England last summer but is set to make his first HSBC Sevens World Series appearance at the showpiece tournament.

De Carpentier, 22, from Worcester Warriors, returns to the fold nearly two years after featuring at Murrayfield at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.

They bring extra forward firepower as Head Coach Ben Ryan aims to build on a good start to 2013 that saw England clinch the Wellington Sevens title in dramatic style last month.

Ellery played for Penrith, Darlington Mowden Park, Westoe and Newcastle Falcons before joining Moseley, scoring nine tries in 39 appearances before signing an England Sevens contract last summer.

De Carpentier is a product of the Fylde club and former England Students captain who moved to Sixways from Leicester Tigers at the end of last year.

Ryan said: “We’ve made a couple of changes to the winning 12 from Wellington and we have more players fit and available to us.

“It’s good to see Mike Ellery making his debut for us after a long spell out of action and our thanks go to Worcester for letting Richard De Carpentier train and play with us, which will continue his development as a player.

“They bring extra physicality to our squad and they’re both talented back row players with good aerial skills, which means we have a strong core of forwards available to us.

“Our goals in Hong Kong (March 29-31) and at the following leg in Tokyo (April 6-7) are the same as they were when we went to Wellington: keep on improving our performance so that we keep moving up the table.

“We also want to make the most of the incredible support for England in Hong Kong and we’ve certainly got a spring in our step heading to So Kon Po.”

England Sevens squad
John Brake
Richard De Carpentier (Worcester Warriors)
Sam Edgerley
Mike Ellery
Christian Lewis-Pratt
Dan Norton
Tom Powell
James Rodwell
Mathew Turner
Rob Vickerman (Captain)
Marcus Watson
Jeff Williams