Simon Amor's appointment in September 2013 as Head Coach extended a connection with England Sevens that began as a player in 2001 and continued as captain from 2002-07. He remains his country's fifth highest try-scorer at that level with 71, behind Ben Gollings, Dan Norton, Richard Haughton and Rob Thirlby, and his track record in rugby management is equally impressive.
Before joining the RFU, he guided London Scottish from National One into the Championship as head player-coach in 2011, became the club’s director of rugby and remained there until a few months ago. He had already launched a career in management as UK Sport Performance Advisor (2008-10) and the England Women’s Sevens Head Coach from 2007-10.
Equally adept as a player in either half back role, Simon won a Cambridge Blue in 2000 before going on to win the Powergen Cup with Gloucester in 2001 and the European Challenge Cup four years later. As a London Wasp, he shared in their Heineken Cup triumph in 2007 and the Premiership title the following year. Between his Sevens exploits, his playing career included 43 Premiership appearances from 1998-2008.
He was the IRB World Sevens Player of the Year in 2004, won a Commonwealth Games Silver medal with England at Melbourne in 2006 and was a member of the team that triumphed at Hong Kong Sevens tournaments in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Simon said: “My most memorable moment was when we won that tournament for the first time in 2002. I am delighted to have been given the chance to lead England Sevens at such an exciting time in the development of the sport.
“We have a talented squad and my focus is on helping the players realise their potential in the HSBC World Series, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next July and beyond.”
Born in Kingston upon Thames and educated at Denmead Prep School and Hampton School, Simon took up the game at the age of eight and played for London Irish and London Scottish as well as Cambridge University, Gloucester and London Wasps.
Last updated: January 2, 2014