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England have made three changes for the Singapore Sevens this weekend (15-16 April) after fielding a consistent squad for the majority of the season.
Third in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, England finished seventh place in Hong Kong and are now without captain Tom Mitchell (foot), Charlton Kerr (knee) and Ethan Waddleton (shoulder).
In their place opportunities are given to England Sevens Academy players Will Glover and Callum Sirker as well as Loughborough University student Will Edwards ahead of games against France, Japan and South Africa.
“Hong Kong was a frustrating and disappointing tournament for us," said England Sevens head coach Simon Amor.
"We under performed making too many mistakes on the field and while our decision making was excellent in Vancouver it was very poor in Hong Kong. As a programme, both players and staff, we will learn and collectively improve."
Harry Glover will provide cover as the 13th man: a role which was initially held by both Edwards and Sirker before they were called into the match-day 12 in Vancouver and Hong Kong respectively.
Sirker made his debut against New Zealand last Sunday as James Rodwell struggled to recover from illness. Edwards meanwhile was part of the England’s Cup win in Vancouver, scoring against Fiji in the 40-7 semi-final victory.
Brothers in arms
It is a big weekend for the Glover family with Will and Harry both named. Will could make his senior debut after a successful season with the England Sevens Academy while elder brother Harry earned three World Series caps last year before beginning his studies at Newcastle University.
The brothers have competed alongside each other in a number of international invitational tournaments and were Cup winners in Singapore and Dubai earlier this season with the academy side.
“Unfortunately we have picked up a number of injuries but this creates another opportunity to demonstrate the strong team spirit that characterises this group," added Amor.
“Tom is an outstanding captain and instrumental playmaker, he is a big loss and will undergo further assessment on his foot this week, but in Phil Burgess we have a world-class leader to replace him.
“We will also be without Ethan and Charlton, two young players who have come through the academy. I am proud of the attitude they have shown all season and thought they were fantastic last weekend. We have high hopes for them and every confidence that they will come back better and stronger."This weekend provides us with a new challenge for this season and we’re looking forward to preparing for it."
“With Alex Davis also still out, our squad is stretched but we are able to further develop other young players. Callum Sirker is a born finisher and has been outstanding when competing for the academy. He is still only 18 years old but will have the chance for more game time this weekend and we’re looking forward to seeing what he will bring to the World Series as he continues to progress.
“We are also excited about the potential of Will Edwards and are grateful to Loughborough for the way we can work with them to support his development. The same applies to Harry and Newcastle University.
“This weekend provides us with a new challenge for this season and we’re looking forward to preparing for it and becoming stronger as a wider squad as a result.”
England Sevens Pool B Fixtures (Saturday 15 April, live on Sky Sports)
v France (4.44am BST)
v Japan (7.44am BST)
v South Africa (12.02pm BST)
England Sevens squad for Singapore: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess (capt), Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Will Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Callum Sirker, Dan Norton, James Rodwell. (13th man: Harry Glover).