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England Sevens reveal their inner monsters

16 April 2014

  • Tom Mitchell, Mat Turner and Marcus Watson as you’ve never seen before
  • England Sevens gearing up for monster-themed London tournament

England Sevens players have been unleashing their inner monster ahead of the Marriott London Sevens tournament on May 10 and 11. Tom Mitchell, Marcus Watson and Mat Turner set free their inner monsters at a photo-shoot at Twickenham Stadium to promote this year’s monsters fancy dress theme.

England Sevens' Mat Turner and his monster alter ego

Photo: RFU Archive

In a series of distinctive photographs the England players’ reflections were “monsterfied” to represent their character off the pitch and their rugby skills on it. The rest of the squad were asked for their input on each player’s monster attributes before they were transformed for the photo shoot, which lasted for eight hours and involved a faux fur morph suit, layers of body paint, some silicone prosthetics and a pair of fake ears and teeth.

  • Marcus Watson, described by his teammates as having sublime vision on the field, was given a third eye, and a scaly, streamlined appearance to give his monster an aerodynamic advantage and reflect his impressive speed
  • Mat turner, known for his rugby brain and fierce competitiveness, was given a supernatural head and some fierce fangs, with his trademark look of socks down
  • Tom Mitchell, friendly and approachable off the field and tough and strong on it, was layered with pink fur reflecting his role as a key playmaker for the team. His infamous blond quiff also made it onto his monster
England Sevens' Marcus Watson and his monster alter ego

Photo: RFU Archive

Captain of the team Mitchell said: “It was good fun playing on the idea of ‘the monster in you’ and seeing how each other’s physical characteristics and playing strengths were reflected in our monster makeover. Fans go to extreme efforts to show their support and get into the spirit of the theme at Twickenham, so it’s great to be able to play our part.”

Last year’s safari theme saw a record breaking 113,000 supporters come through the Twickenham gates to watch England finish third in the competition. England are currently sitting fourth in the HSBC Sevens World Series with two tournaments remaining, and, with London selling fast and Saturday nearly sold out, fans need to be quick to get their hands on tickets.

Simon Amor, England Sevens Head Coach added: “It’s only once a year that the team get to run out in front of a packed home crowd at Twickenham.  The atmosphere will be incredible, the players are really looking forward to it.  The London event continues to grow year on year and I think having a theme is a big part of this. Monsters is a fun one, my young children already have their outfits sorted!”

England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell and his monster alter ego

Photo: RFU Archive

The Marriott London Sevens is a rugby experience like no other, allowing friends and family to enjoy an action-packed weekend. As well as the excitement on the pitch there will also be lots of activity off it with live music, entertainment and a big screen and stage at Monsterville in the West Fan Village at Twickenham.

The winners of both the Marriott London Sevens and the HSBC Sevens World Series will be crowned on the Sunday, which is also the family day with face painters, balloon artists and a specific rugby activity zone for little monsters. 

For further information on tickets please visit RFU.com/londonsevens.