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‘Very privileged’ was the way that Kevin Barrett described his elevation to England’s captaincy for the opening rounds of the 2009-10 HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai and George. Winning the Plate competition in South Africa initially brought a third place ranking behind New Zealand and Fiji.
He had begun the initial tournament in Dubai with a try in the 40-12 win over the United States and scored another against New Zealand in the Cup quarter final in George before again crossing the USA line in Wellington.
A newcomer to Saracens in July last year, Kevin had spent four seasons with Exeter Chiefs and before that six with London Irish where he had originally been a mini-player from the age of seven.
He was educated at St John’s Beaumont School in Old Windsor, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire and Royal Holloway University of London, where he obtained a degree in Geography. Kevin made his England Sevens debut in Malaysia eight years ago but his second call was not until 2008.
He rates the 2009 triumph in the Wellington final, England’s first tournament win there, as his most memorable rugby match. In May that year, he helped his country to take the London Sevens title with a 31-26 victory over the All Blacks in sudden death extra time.
The player that he most admires is Simon Geoghegan, the former London Irish wing who won 37 caps for Ireland from 1991-96. Kevin’s favourite ground is Wembley Stadium, where he shared in Saracens’ 24-23 win over the South Africa XV last November in one of his five appearances for the club before the IRB Series began.