Burgess to captain England

Date published: October 2 2014

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England have named their squad for the first leg of the Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia, with Phil Burgess leading.

England Sevens have named their squad for the first leg of the Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia, with Phil Burgess leading.

There are Series debuts for Charlie Hayter, Alex Davis and Tom Bowen for the 2014/15 opener.

England finished fourth last time around and head coach Simon Amor says that he is looking forward to getting their World Series campaign underway.

“We’re fortunate to have played in Manchester and Romania over the past of couple weeks and that’s enabled us to take a look at the squad, as well as some younger guys coming through. It was a good opportunity for players to stake a claim, and some of them really stood out,” he said.

“We have a good balance in the squad: we have strength and pace, and some exciting playmakers pulling the strings so we’re in a good place. The challenge of this first leg is that all of the teams come into the season with new players and new styles, so you’re going into the unknown a little, but it also gives us the opportunity to focus solely on ourselves to be as good as we can be.

“The preparation has been done so we get to head out there, get over the jet-lag and then really concentrate on performing well.

“With the Olympics in mind, first of all it’s a huge honour to be carrying the baton for Team GB, but for us as England, it’s very much about how we can continue to improve as a team. We finished fourth last season, and our focus is quite simply on bettering that.”

England Sevens squad for Gold Coast

James Rodwell, Alex Gray, Charlie Hayter, Sam Blanchet, Phil Burgess (c), John Brake, Christian Lewis-Pratt, Dan Bibby, Marcus Watson, Alex Davis, Dan Norton, Tom Bowen.

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