- World Series season starts in Dubai
- England finished third at the tournament last year
Simon Amor has named his England Sevens squad for the opening tournament of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai on 1-2 December which will be live on Sky Sports Action.
Drawn in Pool B, the experienced group, captained by Tom Mitchell, will play Spain, France and Scotland on day one.
The squad features players who were instrumental to England’s second-place finish on the World Series last season but Dan Bibby (left arm) and Alex Davis (left hand) miss out through injury.
“There’s a lot of excitement about the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens, which in addition to the World Series make this a huge season for sevens," said Amor.
"For us to build momentum going into these pivotal tournaments it’s important for us to focus on giving our very best performance in Dubai as the number one priority.
"After a long pre-season for our senior players we’ve prepared well and want to kick-start this season in a really positive way.”
For the first time two men’s and women’s teams will travel to Dubai to represent the England Sevens programme across the World Series and invitational tournament.
Captained by Charlie Hayter, the England Sevens men’s academy will compete under the banner of The Royals where they will play Free Sevens, Speranza 22 and Zambia 7s.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to defend the title that The Royals won last year out in Dubai, but more importantly our academy programme is set up to find and develop young talent both within and outside of the England Sevens programme," added Amor.
England Sevens squad:
Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Harry Glover, Ben Howard, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Tom Mitchell (c), Ruaridh McConnochie, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton.
The Royals (England Sevens academy) squad:
Jordan Ainslie, Fin Dewar, George Di Cothi, Yaree Fantini, Lailand Gordon, Will Glover, Fergus Guiry, Charlie Hayter (c), Charlie Kingham, Ryan Olowofela, Charlie Spawforth, Mason Tonks.
Dubai schedule (kick-off times GMT):
England v Spain, 7:36 am
England v France, 11:20 am
England v Scotland, 4:37 pm