The England Sevens squad tour the world on the annual HSBC Sevens World Series, exciting crowds with tries galore in the fast-paced, high-octane, abridged form of the game.
In 2013-14 England will compete in nine events starting on the Gold Coast in Australia and taking in tournaments in Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Las Vegas, Wellington, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Glasgow and London. The final leg - the Marriott London Sevens - is at Twickenham on May 10-11, 2014.
England also compete in the summer FIRA AER European GP Sevens tournaments, the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens - finishing second in the 2013 Moscow event - and go to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the July 2014.
Sevens becomes an Olympic sport in the 2016 Rio games so these are exciting times for both players and fans.
A try in each of his first three matches in the HSBC Sevens World Series at Wellington in February 2012 launched the career of Tom Mitchell, who combined his initial season on the circuit with a Historical Studies course at Kellogg College, Oxford.
A spectacular spree of 52 tries, an England record, in the IRB 2012-13 World Series swept Dan Norton, the top touchdown maker in the tournament last season, into second place behind Ben Gollings (220) in the list of England’s all-time top scorers. With four at the Las Vegas event in January this year and three in the subsequent tournament in Wellington, he has increased his total to150 overall. He has overtaken Richard Haughton (106), Rob Thirlby (101) and former captain Simon Amor (71), now the England Sevens head coach.
Winning the Emirates Airlines London Sevens in front of a home crowd at Twickenham in May 2009 was “an amazing feeling” in the words of James Rodwell, who plays No. 8 at 15-a-side but shows adaptability, mobility and handling skills in the abbreviated game.
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