HSBC London Sevens preview

  • HSBC London Sevens runs from 21-22 May
  • The final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
  • Limited tickets still available to buy here

James Rodwell says England Sevens want to emulate the squad of 2009 and win the HSBC London Sevens this weekend in the series finale at Twickenham Stadium.

Rodwell, who is England’s most capped Sevens player in history, will contest his 79th leg on Saturday, and believes playing in a home tournament will provide an extra boost.

“London Sevens is definitely one of the highlights for us on the calendar,” he said.

“It’s our only chance on the World Series to play in front of our friends and family, and to have that extra support when you run out, that loud noise adds that extra boost to you while you’re playing.

“My best memory of the tournament was back in 2009 when we won in front of a home crowd. Hopefully we can emulate that and try to get another win this weekend.

“It’s the last tournament of the season so we want to do absolutely everything we can to end the season on a high.”

When: Saturday, 21 & Sunday, 22 May

Where: Twickenham Stadium

Time: Kick-off from 9.30am

England currently sit second in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings - behind South Africa - who were crowned champions after last weekend’s triumph in Paris.

If Simon Amor's men do better than Fiji this weekend, they can cement the number two spot, and claim their highest finish since 2006.

England won the Cape Town and Vancouver tournaments earlier this season, but if they are to contest the London leg, they will have to do so without captain, Tom Mitchell, who has been ruled out due to injury.

Phil Burgess will lead the side in Mitchell’s absence this weekend, and the 28-year-old has highlighted the personal pride of playing at Twickenham Stadium.

“Being an England rugby player, playing at Twickenham, you can’t really beat that,” he explained.

“As a kid you dream of playing at Twickenham, and to play there wearing an England rose is pretty awesome.

“Not much of my family are able to get out to any of the other tournaments, so when we go to Twickenham, we always have a strong contingent.”

England’s Day One schedule

Pool D

England v Spain - 12.04pm 

England v Australia - 3.10pm 

England v Samoa - 6.16pm 

Simon says...

England head coach Amor was impressed with the passion his side showed in their fourth-place finish in Paris last weekend, and believes they can win this weekend with the support of a home crowd. 

“We’re looking forward to the England supporters bringing their energy and enthusiasm as it has a massive impact on our squad,” he added. “The boys love playing in front of a vocal home crowd, it inspires them to give their all for their country and with that we aim to win our home tournament.

“This season we set ourselves the target of finishing in the top three and now want to ensure we maintain this second-place position.

“Our congratulations go to South Africa for their outstanding season. To be in eight finals and win five events shows a consistency that has not been achieved by a team before in recent times and they fully deserve to receive the series trophy in London this weekend.”

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England Sevens squad for London

Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess (capt), Alex Davis, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Harry Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Callum Sirker, Dan Norton, James Rodwell. 13th man: Will Glover.


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