England unveil Commonwealth squad

Date published: July 10 2014

England have announced the rugby sevens team that will compete at next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

England have announced the rugby sevens team that will compete at next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The squad includes eight players who will make their Commonwealth Games debuts while John Brake, Dan Norton, Tom Powell and James Rodwell bring the experience of having competed in the 2010 Delhi Games.

Eight players maintain their places having featured in the side that finished third at the London Sevens, the final event of the IRB Sevens World Series in May, while Brake and Mike Ellery have recovered from injuries in time to be selected.

Tom Mitchell, the IRB Sevens Player of the Year nominee and the Sevens World Series highest point-scorer, continues as captain, having taken on the role in January.

Charlie Hayter who recently signed for England Sevens from Wasps, and London Scottish captain Mark Bright, earn their places after impressing in the first two rounds of the FIRA-AER European Grand Prix Series.

“Glasgow 2014 has been on the horizon for a long time and we've been working hard towards this one goal for a while,” said Mitchell.

“It's nice to know selection has now been made and we can start to get that extra bit of focus as the event draws near.

“Our preparations since the end of the World Series have been really well managed. Training has been very specific and tailored to ensure we peak at the Commonwealths.

“We've also worked on a lot of on-field things, both tactically and technically, that we needed to improve on from last season.

“The event will be a totally new experience for all the boys and that comes with its own challenges, which we recognise and are prepared for. It is a huge opportunity to mix with other sports and it will be great to see how other athletes operate and to learn from them.”

“I was over the moon being selected. Coming fourth in Delhi [four years ago] was tough, it is the worst position to finish in and this is a chance to put that right,” said Powell.

“Our preparations are building nicely, we will have some very challenging games but there is a lot of belief in this squad.

“The multisport element makes the Commonwealth Games completely different from our normal competitions. It will have a great atmosphere and I think off the back of the home Olympics there will be huge support making it an extra special event to be part of.”

“The squad selected has a very good balance of speed, playmaking ability, physicality and the all-important X-factor,” said Simon Amor, England Sevens Head Coach and silver medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

“With players returning from long-term injuries the competition for places has been particularly strong. This has raised the performances in training and the attitude throughout the team has been excellent. We will be looking to bring the experiences and progress made throughout the Sevens World Series to Glasgow.”

England Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games

Daniel Bibby, John Brake, Mark Bright, Philip Burgess, Michael Ellery, Charlie Hayter, Christian Lewis-Pratt, Tom Mitchell (c), Daniel Norton, Tom Powell, James Rodwell, Marcus Watson