England make three changes for Singapore

Date published: April 12 2017

England have made three changes for the Singapore Sevens this weekend  after fielding a consistent squad for the majority of the season.

Third in the World Rugby Sevens Series, England finished in seventh place in Hong Kong and are now without captain Tom Mitchell (foot), Charlton Kerr (knee) and Ethan Waddleton (shoulder).

In their place opportunities are given to England Sevens Academy players Will Glover and Callum Sirker as well as Loughborough University student Will Edwards ahead of games against France, Japan and South Africa.

“Hong Kong was a frustrating and disappointing tournament for us,” said England Sevens head coach Simon Amor.

“We under performed making too many mistakes on the field and while our decision making was excellent in Vancouver it was very poor in Hong Kong. As a programme, both players and staff, we will learn and collectively improve.”

Harry Glover will provide cover as the 13th man: a role which was initially held by both Edwards and Sirker before they were called into the match-day 12 in Vancouver and Hong Kong respectively.

Sirker made his debut against New Zealand last Sunday as James Rodwell struggled to recover from illness. Edwards meanwhile was part of the England’s Cup win in Vancouver, scoring against Fiji in the 40-7 semi-final victory.

England Sevens squad for Singapore: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess (c), Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Will Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Callum Sirker, Dan Norton, James Rodwell
Replacement: Harry Glover