England Sevens name squad for Dubai

  • Skipper Tom Mitchell returns to squad for Dubai
  • Jeff Williams back after recovering from knee injury

England Sevens have named their squad for the second leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai, and welcome captain Tom Mitchell back into the mix.

Mitchell was injured during England’s Commonwealth Games campaign in Glasgow, and Head Coach Simon Amor says that he’s pleased to see last season’s series top points scorer back in action.

“Tom’s a great player, and was rightfully nominated for the World Player of the Year last season, so to have him back in training has been a massive boost,” Amor said.  

 “It is also good to have Jeff Williams back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury that saw him miss a large part of last season. Jeff will add pace, power and energy to our team.”

After finishing third in the first leg of the new season at the Gold Coast, England take on USA, Kenya and Australia on a tough first day in Dubai, but it is a challenge Amor is relishing.

He added: “It’s a physically challenging pool, but also an exciting one, it’ll be very tough, and I imagine the games will be very close. But our focus is on that first game against USA – a side who have improved hugely – and we want to take a step forward from Gold Coast ”

England Sevens squad

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

England Sevens in Dubai

Friday, 5 December (timings local)

  • USA (11.14am)
  • Kenya (2.14pm)
  • Australia (8.31pm)

Saturday, 6 December 

  • TBC