- London Sevens this weekend
- England squad named for tournament
- You can still get tickets for this weekend here
Twickenham is the penultimate stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit this weekend – 2 & 3 June – where 16 teams comprising of 207 athletes will battle it out to become champions of London.
Scotland are the title holders, having won two consecutive cup finals at The Home of England Rugby, but Fiji and South Africa are the series' leading protagonists - occupying first and second in the world standings respectively - with just four points separating them.
Where? Twickenham Stadium
Watch? On Sky Sports Mix/Action
When? Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd June
On day one of the competition, England will face France, the United States and Kenya in Pool C - identical to the pool they topped during the last tournament in Singapore.
Simon Amor's men picked up bronze during that outing, to add to their Dubai and Commonwealth Games medals of the same colour from earlier this season, and they'll be aiming to go one step further in the London leg this term – after losing out in last year’s final.
Expect non-stop action throughout the tournament's 45 matches, as the competing nations go in search of silverware, points and momentum, with the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco fast approaching in July.
Views from the camp…
Captain Tom Mitchell: "The prospect of playing at Twickenham, a lot of the boys have done it before, but it never gets any less exciting so we are absolutely buzzing for it."
England's captain will reach 50 caps on the weekend, and couldn't be happier to celebrate the milestone on home turf.
"It is a lovely milestone to reach at a home tournament, it's not something I've been chasing, but it's nice nonetheless especially with family watching who have supported me through the years so it'll be nice to share the experience with them."
"The sevens crowd is unique; people love and feed off the excitement of the rugby with scores every minute, and it's a real friendly sort of atmosphere - loads of families and kids - hopefully the next generation of sevens players coming to watch."
Wing Dan Norton: “For all of us in the England squad, the London leg of the series is always special. It is a great experience for both the players and the fans."
"As with all the tournaments staged in the UK, the fans really get involved and that gives us a real lift. We get the home changing room to ourselves, which is a nice touch, and you are always aware of the great names that have graced the Twickenham turf.”
Head of England Sevens Simon Amor: “The opportunity to play your home tournament is always special, and whether you’ve played at Twickenham 50 times or whether you’re playing there for your first time, you’ll always want to have one more opportunity so everyone’s really excited about this weekend.”
Class of ‘09
Re-live the 2009 London Sevens final, when England fought back from a 21-0 half-time deficit to beat New Zealand and lift the title.
▪ 19 points down at half-time— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) May 24, 2018
▪ Stunning second half fightback
▪ Last-gasp extra-time winner to clinch the title
Here's a look back at #England7s' last home @WorldRugby7s Series win, #OnThisDay in 2009
➡ https://t.co/YE31rEUETK pic.twitter.com/OU0A0xs2Tp
England’s day one schedule
England v France (12:04pm)
England v USA (3:10pm)
England v Kenya (6:16pm)
Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Alex Davis, Mike Ellery, Harry Glover, Charlie Hayter, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton, Ryan Olowofela, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton.
13th man: Tom Bowen
Off the field
As well as rugby the London Sevens offers a huge amount of off-field activities to keep fans entertained across the two day tournament. Enjoy fairground rides, win signed merchandise and free food from Sevens City, or take part in a sack race on the pitch. HSBC are also offering spectators an opportunity to upgrade their ticket to the 'HSBC Hot Seat' – the best seats in the house.
Food - Over 40 gourmet street food vendors will be on hand to serve up some of the best food that London has to offer. Check out Sevens City in the West Fan Village for a culinary tour of the capital.
Music - Twickenham will be transformed into a festival of live music with renowned DJs Karistocat, Toyin and Patrick Nazemi making their debut at the London Sevens when they take to the decks on Saturday and Sunday. Timings below:
Saturday - Karistocat (12:45 - 13:30), Toyin (15:45 - 16:30)
Sunday - Patrick Nazemi (12:45 - 13:30), Toyin (15:45 - 16:30)
You can still buy tickets
Visit this link to get tickets for group stages on Saturday and finals day on Sunday.