Head of England Sevens Simon Amor has named his 12-player squad for the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens taking place on 5-7 April, broadcast live on Sky Sports Action.
After picking up an injury at the Cape Town tournament earlier this season, Mike Ellery will make his return for England this weekend.
19-year-old Jamie Barden, who made his World Series debut in Las Vegas in February, has also been selected alongside academy teammates Charlton Kerr, Will Muir and Ryan Olowofela.
Phil Burgess will captain the side with Tom Mitchell named as 13th man after sustaining a slight hamstring strain in training.
“After many of our senior players missed out on playing in Hong Kong last season due to an overlap with our Commonwealth Games preparation, there’s a lot of excitement in the group to play in this tournament,” said Amor.
“It’s great to have Mike Ellery back who brings both speed and power to the team, and with five wingers in the side, we definitely have some pace.
“We’ve been monitoring Tom Mitchell’s hamstring injury and while he has shown good signs of recovery this week, he won’t quite be ready for the start of the tournament so have named him as our 13th man. With a tough pool we need a fully fit squad so we can perform to our best from the start and with Phil Burgess we have an outstanding leader who will do excellent job captaining the team .”
Drawn in Pool D England will face Wales, Spain and USA in the group stage of the competition at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Amor added: “Hong Kong is such a prestigious tournament on the World Series where we always have such strong expat support. Like all teams we will be doing everything to lift the trophy and for us this is about embracing the experience and consistently showing our effort and our mindset throughout the weekend.”
Alex Davis, Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Ethan Waddleton were all unavailable for selection due to injury.
England Men Sevens squad for Hong Kong:
Phil Burgess ©
Richard de Carpentier
13th man: Tom Mitchell
England’s Pool D fixtures, all times BST, live on Sky Sports Action:
England v Wales, 11:31, Friday 5 April
England v Spain, 05:03, Saturday 6 April
England v USA, 09:08, Saturday 6 April