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Head of England Sevens Simon Amor has named his 12-man squad for the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s which will take place at Sandy Park on 7-8 July.
As the third leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series, the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s is the last tournament before the Rugby World Cup Sevens which will be held in San Francisco on 20-22 July.
England will be represented by an experienced squad in Exeter featuring nine of Amor’s senior players alongside the England Sevens academy’s Will Muir, Fergus Guiry and Will Edwards, who is named as captain.
Edwards captained an England side that won bronze in Marcoussis, France last weekend as England defeated Russia 26-12 in the bronze final.
England will face Russia again this weekend in Pool C along with Georgia and Poland on day one.
“Everyone’s very excited about the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s as it will be the last opportunity for the squad to play in front of friends and family before the Rugby World Cup Sevens,” said Amor.
“We’re using this tournament to prepare the squad so that they’re in the best place possible to peak for the World Cup by giving some of our senior players the opportunity to get some final game time before San Francisco.
“It also provides us with the chance to develop some of the younger talent that we have coming through in Will Muir, Fergus Guiry and Will Edwards. We see Will as one of the future leaders of the team so for him to captain a very experienced side this weekend will be great for his development within the England Sevens programme.”
England Sevens squad for the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s:
Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Alex Davis, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards (c), Fergus Guiry, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell, Will Muir, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton.
England's day one fixtures: (all times BST, live on Sky Sports Action)
Pool C: England v Georgia (13:20)
Pool C: England v Poland (16:05)
Pool C: England v Russia (18:50)