Burgess proud of England determination

England captain Phil Burgess paid tribute to his side’s character and determination after they won bronze at the Singapore sevens at the weekend.

Burgess was deputising for the injured Tom Mitchell, while England also lost Richard de Carpentier after only one match in Singapore.

Charlton Kerr (knee) and Ethan Waddleton (shoulder) were also missing from the latest HSBC World Rugby sevens series tournament, however, England battled through and defeated Kenya and Australia on the way to winning bronze.

“The character the boys showed throughout was fantastic,” said Burgess.

“To work hard against Kenya all game and then to finally win the penalty, knock it over and win by a point shows that gritty determination.

“Then even in that last game against Australia we were put to sword but worked hard, made plenty of tackles in our own 22m to force an error and that is something we are really proud of.”

England are third in the world series standings with two events remaining as they prepare for Paris and the season finale at Twickenham Stadium (20-21 May).

They fielded a youthful team against Australia and battled back from 12-7 down to win 14-12.

Will Glover made his senior debut in Singapore, and he was joined by brother Harry while Callum Sirker scored only his second world series try. Loughborough University student Will Edwards was also involved in at the weekend.

“It’s a great opportunity for those young guys, stepping up, getting experience of an HSBC world rugby sevens series tournament and I think they did fantastically well,” added Burgess, who scored his 50th try for England in Singapore.

“They just want to go out and enjoy themselves, express themselves and I think they did that. They went out there, showed how good they are and I’m really proud to have led them out.”

Head coach Simon Amor echoed Burgess’ thoughts and paid tribute to his young side, saying it boded well for the future.

"We were far from our best this weekend - our decision making wasn’t good enough and that is something we need to address going forwards," said Amor.

"However to keep on scrapping and fighting and to get on the podium with the number of injuries we have is pleasing. 
He added: "To see the young guys go so well is exciting when looking to the future.  A number of them started in that final game against Australia, there’s no better place to develop experience than in a medal match against tough opposition, and it was impressive the way that they all stepped up."