|Weight||95kg (14st 13lb)|
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With assets that include blistering pace and awareness of where gaps appear, Phil Burgess is a welcome addition to the England Sevens squad for 2013-14 from Cornish Pirates, the club he captained last season. He had initially played for Camberley and Harlequins before leading an outstanding Loughborough University side.
Phil, a back-row forward, had appeared for England U18, went on to captain England Students, joined the Pirates for 2010-11 and became a crowd favourite. The first of his 79 games was against Newport Gwent Dragons that August and he marked his final outing with a touchdown in the 28-24 win over Jersey last April.
He scored 28 tries overall, including a hat-trick in a 53-21 home victory over Rotherham Titans last November. None was more spectacular than a 50-metre blockbuster in the Championship semi-final at Bristol in the spring of 2012. It helped to take the Pirates into their second successive Championship final against most predictions.
Last December, he sustained a fractured jaw in a match against Bedford Blues but still played in the game that followed against Nottingham. Born in Frimley, just as Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood were, and educated at Tomlinscote School, Phil has the speed to be pressed into service in the backs at 15-a-side level.
His maiden season at the Mennaye brought 12 tries and he said: “With me, the open-field stuff comes quite naturally but I have needed to work quite hard on other aspects. (Pirates head coach) Ian Davies helped me out. We reviewed a lot of games early on and we worked out how I could improve.”
Phil’s achievements include being selected for the Championship XV that met the Maori All Blacks at Castle Park, Doncaster in November last year.
He went on to appear in England's FIRA/AER European GP Sevens Series victories in Lyon and Bucharest before new Head Coach Simon Amor called him up to make a first HSBC Sevens World Series appearance on the Gold Coast in October this year. Phil scored two tries as the side took third place with a 47-0 win over South Africa.
Last updated: October 21, 2013