A stunning total of 15 tries in the opening two rounds of the 2016/17 HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town swept Dan Norton to an individual England career try-scoring record of 225.
It took his overall points’ total to 1,139 in 59 events.
Dan overtook the 230 scored by Santiago Gomez Cora in Sydney in February 2017 and was Player of the Final when England took the gold medal in Vancouver that March.
He was the second highest try-scorer in the 2016/17 World Series with 51, six fewer than Perry Baker ran in for the USA, and became the leading all-time try-scorer in the World Series in April 2017.
His sevens success dates back to a triumphant debut in Wellington in February 2009 and he has shown a knack of popping up with a vital score.
None more so than when he bagged the winning try in England’s success over New Zealand in the final of the 2009 London Sevens.
Dan's long-term excellence continued in 2012/13 when he was the top try scorer in the World Series with 52 and in May 2015 he led out the England team at Twickenham against Kenya to mark his half-century of tournaments.
He has almost systematically overtaken other prolific England try-scorers Richard Haughton (106), Rob Thirlby (101) and former captain Simon Amor (71), now the England Sevens head coach.
Dan was also the joint fourth-leading try-scorer with five in the Rugby World Cup Sevens at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow in June 2013, including both scores against Kenya in the semi-final.
A product of Hartpury College, Dan was previously educated at Brockworth Enterprise and began playing when eight at Spartans RFC.
Dan represented Gloucestershire U16 and U18, South West U18 and became a member of the England U20 Grand Slam-winning Six Nations side.
Most of his two years with Gloucester were spent on loan to Moseley but he contributed a try as the side produced one of the shock results of the 2008-09 season with a 23-18 win over Yorkshire Carnegie in the EDF National Trophy final.
In May 2016, he was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Rio Olympic Games and went on to score four tries including a touchdown in the semi-final which saw them beat South Africa 7-5.
That ensured that Team GB would win a medal and he also ran in England’s try in the defeat by Fiji in the final.
Dan was then part of the Team England men’s side that won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in April 2018, before helping England Sevens triumph at the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s in July.
He was then selected in the squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Last updated: 10 July 2017