Mitchell returns to lead England Sevens

Date published: March 26 2016

England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell returns to lead an experienced squad for the Hong Kong leg of World Rugby's Sevens Series from 8 to 10 April.

The influential Mitchell returns after injury forced him out of the Las Vegas and Vancouver tournaments. Alex Gray also returns having been rested for the Vancouver tournament. Worcester Warriors’ Max Stelling will make his debut after training recently with the squad.  

“It is an interesting year as our focus has to be on what is right for both England Sevens and Team GB preparations," said England Sevens Head Coach Amor.  

"We have to manage the demands on players and in doing that are giving young guys opportunities as well.  

“Max travelled with us to Vancouver and now has his chance to experience playing on the World Series. We have a good relationship with Worcester and are grateful to them for allowing us to work with Max.”

England play South Africa, who currently sit in second place in the series’ standings, on the Friday evening before taking on Scotland and Russia the following day.   

“Hong Kong is a brilliant tournament, it is the history and tradition that set it apart, the atmosphere, the whole city comes alive," added Amor.

"It is a very unique occasion so the opportunity for anyone to be involved is very special. The ex pat support every time England run onto the field is amazing and the team always want to perform well for them.  

“It is a very short turnaround between tournaments at this stage in the season but the squad have worked hard in training this week and we are sending our strongest team available for this exciting and challenging tournament.”

England Sevens squad: Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Richard De Carpentier, Alex Gray, Charlie Hayter, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, Warwick Lahmert, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (c), Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Max Stelling