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The town of Penrith has a familiar ring to devotees of the game nowadays with Mike Ellery hailing from there, along with England head coach Stuart Lancaster. A speedy back-row forward at 15-a-side, Michael played for Penrith, Darlington Mowden Park, Westoe and Newcastle Falcons Academy before joining Moseley in 2010.
He made an impact in the Midlands, appeared in 38 matches in two seasons and scored nine tries, all of them in 2011-12 before signing an England Sevens contract and playing in the Hong Kong, Japan and Glasgow events this year. His first tournament produced a try in each of his fourth, fifth and sixth matches against France, South Africa and hosts Hong Kong in the Bowl final that England won 42-7. Mike took his overall try total to seven with touchdowns against Fiji and Kenya at Twickenham in May this year.
His move away from the North East meant he had to defer his studies at Northumbria University but he retains the option of returning to complete the final year of his degree.
He said: “I think Sevens suits my game a lot more. There’s the Olympic Games in three years’ time and I’d love to be there. It’s definitely something I had not considered as a kid but it would be amazing to be part of it. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, though.”
In 2011-12, many of his tries for Moseley were scored in Sevens style from long range as he helped the club to survive in the RFU Championship.
Last updated: May 15, 2013