- Learn about England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell's story
- England start the Dubai Sevens vs USA at 7:14am on Friday
It all started for Tom Mitchell at the age of eight when his dad took him to his local club East Grinstead. He's made swift progress since then though, and is currently the England Sevens captain.
Growing up, Tom played all sports, dabbling with football in particular, but switched back to rugby and went on to light up for Bristol University, Oxford University, England Students and now England Sevens.
"I joined the rugby team in freshers week at Bristol," he explains. "I never really thought that it would kick on as a career, but I went on to play for England Students. I remember thinking that I wouldn't get into the squad, so to pull on the shirt - the same shirt that the Seniors were wearing - was huge, it had the rose on the chest which was an amazing experience.
"I thought that if I didn't go any higher with my rugby then I would have been content. It was my first taste of a professional environment and it was a good stepping stone.
"From there I managed to get an Oxford Blue. Playing at Twickenham in the Varsity game. It was something you dream of - I managed to sneak over for a try near the end as well, any try at Twickenham never gets old."
England Sevens came calling in 2012 and it was a dream start for the then 22 year-old.
"My first tournament was Wellington, my first game was against the Cook Islands," he remembers. "John Brake made a nice dash up field and I was fortunate to pick up a run in from his pass. So I got my first try in my first game with my first touch!"
And that's pretty much how it's been for Tom since. He finished the 2013 campaign as top points scorer in the Series, amassing 358 points in total, and will be hoping to kick on further in Dubai this weekend.England kick off their tournament against USA on Friday at 7.14am (GMT) before taking on Kenya at 10.14am (GMT) and Australia at 4.31pm (GMT).