England Sevens today named their squad for the 2011-12 HSBC Sevens World Series season, increasing the number of full-time players available to head coach Ben Ryan (pictured below) and confirming some significant names in their core squad.
England will have 12 fully contracted players – four more than last season – with forward Chris Brightwell, playmaker Christian Lewis-Pratt and centre Rob Vickerman the newcomers.
The players promoted who were involved in 2010-11 are wing Dan Norton, England’s leading try scorer with 32 last season, who joins from Bristol Rugby, experienced back Simon Hunt, who moves from Birmingham Solihull, and former Bristol Rugby and Royal Navy flanker Greg Barden.
Three more players are in the ‘Core Squad‘ group, contracted by clubs with the RFU paying a percentage of their salary. They are wing Marcus Watson (Saracens), half back Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins) and forward Isoa Damudamu (British Army).
A further ‘Wider Squad’ group will be named later this year.
England Sevens contracted players
Core squad players
Marcus Watson (Saracens)
Isoa Damudamu (British Army)
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins)
The squad has started pre-season training in the build-up to the 2011-12 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign which kicks off with the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia on November 25-26.
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