Lahmert returns to New Zealand

Date published: November 30 2016

Warwick Lahmert has left the England Sevens programme to return to his family in New Zealand after almost two years with his adopted side.

The 29-year-old joined England Sevens in January 2015 and made his bow in Wellington before going on to play a further seven tournaments.

His final cap was in Paris in May, when he captained the side, and that week was also named in the Great Britain Sevens’ wider training squad ahead of the Rio Olympics.

“Being part of England Sevens allowed me to train and play with the best group of people I’ve ever met,” said Lahmert.

“From day one the squad treated me as part of the family and that’s how it felt, as if we were brothers – just the nicest bunch of people.

“As a rugby player you can learn new things every day and Simon Amor and Tony Roques allowed that to be the case. Over the last two years I’ve made improvements particularly in my defence and ability to scan in attack.”

Head coach Simon Amor added: “Wiz is an outstanding person who has made a huge contribution to England Sevens both on and off the pitch.

“His commitment, desire and passion on the field was there for all to see but he is also one of the best characters I have known, continually bringing both a positive and caring attitude to the England Sevens squad.

“He will be missed by all in the England programme but we respect and support his decision and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”