Burgess captains England Sevens on Gold Coast

  • England Sevens set for new campaign
  • Amor says tournaments in Manchester and Romania have aided preparation

Phil Burgess will captain England Sevens in the opening leg of the 2014/5 HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast in Australia.

England finished fourth last season and Head Coach Simon Amor says he is looking forward to getting the campaign underway on the weekend of October 11-12 with a new-look squad, which includes Series debutants Charlie Hayter, Alex Davis and Tom Bowen.

He said: “We’re fortunate to have played in both Manchester and Romania over the past couple of weeks and that’s enabled us to take a look at the squad, as well as some younger guys coming through.

“It was a good opportunity for players to stake a claim, and some of them really stood out.

“We have a good balance in the squad: we have strength and pace, and some exciting playmakers pulling the strings so we’re in a good place.

“The challenge of this first leg is that all of the teams come into the season with new players and new styles, so you’re going into the unknown a little, but it also gives us the opportunity to focus solely on ourselves to be as good as we can be.

“The preparation has been done so we get to head out there, get over the jet-lag and then really concentrate on performing well.

“With the Olympics in mind, first of all it’s a huge honour to be carrying the baton for Team GB, but for us as England, it’s very much about how we can continue to improve as a team. We finished fourth last season, and our focus is quite simply on bettering that.”

The tournament will be shown live on Sky Sports. 

England Sevens squad for Gold Coast

James Rodwell
Alex Gray
Charlie Hayter
Sam Blanchet
Phil Burgess (captain)
John Brake
Christian Lewis-Pratt
Dan Bibby
Marcus Watson
Alex Davis
Dan Norton
Tom Bowen