Since making his England Sevens debut in the semi-final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver in 2017, Will Edwards has been a regular fixture of the senior squad.
England went on to win the tournament and having made a good impression in Canada, Will was called up for the Singapore leg of the series.
Will improved his standing further at the tournament, getting more points on the board as England finished third by beating Australia 14-12 in the bronze medal match.
He can play either scrum-half or fly-half and was selected for the Paris and London legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Kicking off the final at Twickenham in May 2017 was the proudest moment of his career to date.
“Wearing the Rose and kicking off the final at Twickenham to finish off the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in May 2017 in front of all my friends and family was a genuine childhood dream come true,” he said.
“My first cap in Vancouver 2017 is also one I will never forget.”
While England were beaten in the final by defending champions Scotland, Will earned a full-time contract and was picked to captain the England Sevens side for the third leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in July 2017.
Will stepped up to lead the side at the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter Sevens in July 2018 at Sandy Park and England went on to win the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series Cup final with a 15-5 victory over Russia.
Before becoming an integral part of the senior England Sevens side, Will played for the England Academy in Kenya in September 2016 and Dubai at the beginning of 2017.
He first started playing rugby for Tunbridge Wells at the age of five and his dad Nick Edwards was his rugby coach until he was 14.
He credits his dad, who plays for Sussex Seniors, and mum, Cathy, for supporting him during his teenage years and driving him to training, which was over an hour away, twice a week for three years.
His rugby idol growing up was Jonny Wilkinson and he comes from a family with a long rugby history.
His great grandfather, Martin Butler, played for New South Wales in Australia around 1930 against ‘The Englishmen’ and was a reserve for the Wallabies.
A product of Loughborough Students RFC, Will has deferred the third year of his maths degree at Loughborough University.
Outside of rugby, he loves watching a wide range of sports, including cricket, NFL and downhill skiing. His proudest non-rugby achievement was being the youngest player to score a century for his cricket club when he was 13.