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After playing in the Glasgow and Twickenham legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in May 2012, Dan Bibby helped Great Britain to win the World University Championships at Sevens in Brive two months later.

Then a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, he was mentored by Russell Earnshaw, the England Sevens assistant coach at the time, as Great Britain beat South Africa 35-17 in the final with Dan scoring two tries and landing five conversions.

He signed full-time for England Sevens earlier in the summer of 2012 when he also swooped for two tries as European champions England retained their Moscow title by defeating France 21-15 in the final. In May last year, Dan was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He went on to enjoy an outstanding tournament, running in three tries, including the extra-time match winner in an otherwise scoreless quarter-final against Argentina. He also gained a place in the tournament’s Dream Team after his side clinched the silver medal.

A product of Kirkham Grammar School, Lancashire, he was player of the tournament for Sale Sharks in the JP Morgan Asset Management Sevens at Edgeley Park in July 2011. In the 15-a-side game he appeared for Fylde twice at fly half in 2008-09 and five times in 2009-10, as well as for England Students.

In 2012-13, he added four IRB tournaments to his list – Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States – and scored five tries in the Gold Coast event in October 2013. He began with a hat-trick against Spain and made another two touchdowns in the final game against South Africa when England secured a third-place finish.

He contributed three tries and three conversions in Las Vegas the following January. Dan added two conversions in Wellington and two tries and two conversions in both Tokyo and Hong Kong and scored 129 points overall, including 15 tries in the 2013/14 series. He played in the opening tournament on the Gold Coast in October 2014 before dislocating an elbow in the Dubai event in December 2014.

Dan missed the next three tournaments, before scoring tries against Wales in the Hong Kong and Tokyo legs. He added three in Glasgow and two at Twickenham in the final two rounds of the 2014/15 tournament and took his try aggregate to 49 in 35 World Series events with four in Dubai, three in Cape Town, another three in Wellington in January 2016, one in Sydney the following month. He added two in Wellington this January, one in Las Vegas in March, four in Vancouver the following weekend, one in Hong Kong and another in Singapore. He added two in Paris and one in the season's final round at Twickenham. His overall points aggregate is 456, including 105 successful kicks.

 

Last updated: 24 May 2017

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