With assets that include blistering pace and an awareness of where gaps appear, Phil Burgess was a welcome addition to the England Sevens squad for 2013-14 from Cornish Pirates.
Phil had been captain of the Pirates the previous season having initially played for Camberley and Harlequins before leading an outstanding Loughborough University Students side.
The back-row forward had already appeared for England U18 and went on to captain England Students before joining the Pirates for the 2010-11 season and became a crowd favourite.
He scored 28 tries overall but were more spectacular than a 50-metre blockbuster in the Championship semi-final at Bristol in the spring of 2012 which helped the Pirates to their second successive Championship final.
In December 2012, he sustained a fractured jaw in a match against Bedford Blues but still played in the game that followed against Nottingham.
Born in Frimley, just as Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood were, and educated at Tomlinscote School, Phil has the speed to be pressed into service in the backs at 15-a-side level.
Phil went on to appear in England's FIRA/AER European Grand Prix Sevens Series victories in Lyon and Bucharest before head coach Simon Amor called him up to make a first HSBC Sevens World Series appearance on the Gold Coast in October 2013.
Phil scored two tries as the side took third place with a 47-0 win over South Africa and he ran in another three in the Dubai event the following month.
In his first 32 events, he took his try tally to 53, including four that helped England to become runners-up in the 2015 Dubai tournament.
He completed a half-century of touchdowns with one in the quarter-final against Kenya in Singapore in April 2017 and led the side to bronze medal success in the absence through injury of Tom Mitchell.
He added three tries as England took the silver medal in London a month later.
In 2016, Phil also made the Great Britain squad that claimed silver at the Rio Olympics, he was also part of the England Sevens squad that claimed two bronzes and a silver in the 2017/18 Sevens Series, finishing fifth overall.
Those showings earned him a spot in the squad that will head to San Francisco for the Rugby Sevens World Cup at the end of July in 2018.
Last updated: 10 July 2018