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England back in action ahead of new HSBC Sevens World Series

20 September 2013

  • Norton returns for Bucharest GP Sevens tournament
  • Six more players in Kenya to continue World Series build-up
England Sevens' Tom Powell 

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England have the chance to secure a second successive European title at this weekend’s Bucharest Grand Prix Sevens, with six more contracted players in action in Kenya for the Royals development side at the Safaricom Sevens in Nairobi.

The tournaments are the final warm-up events before the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off on the Gold Coast in Australia next month.

Forward Tom Powell leads the senior side in Romania as England look to complete the defence of their European crown having won the first leg, the Lyon GP Sevens, in June.

All 12 of the squad featured in last season’s World Series with 2012-13 leading scorer Dan Norton returning to action after touching down an England record 52 tries last term.

England take on Italy, Wales, Romania, Portugal and Georgia in the pool stages.

The Royals side in Kenya – guided by England Women’s Sevens coach Barry Maddocks – includes full-timers Sam Edgerley, Rob Vickerman, Mark Odejobi, James Rodwell, Mat Turner and new signing Callum Wilson.

England Sevens sqaud for the Bucharest GP: Tom Powell (captain), Dan Bibby, John Brake, Phil Burgess, Chris Cracknell, Mike Ellery, Alex Gray, Christian Lewis-Pratt, Ollie Marchon, Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton, Marcus Watson.

Royals squad for the Safaricom Sevens in Nairobi, Kenya: Andrew Boyce (Worcester), Sam Edgerley (England Sevens), Ruaridh McConnochie (Nuneaton & University of Gloucestershire), Mark Odejobi (England Sevens), James Rodwell (England Sevens), Auguy Slowik (Bristol Rugby), Mathew Turner (England Sevens), Rob Vickerman (England Sevens), Marcus Webber (Bristol Univ).