Wider Male GB Olympic Rugby 7s Squad Announced

by admin on May 19, 2016

1280px-European_Sevens_2008,_Wales_vs_Poland,_scrum25 English, Scottish and Welsh Rugby Players to Convene Ahead of the Rio Olympics

The wider men’s GB Olympic Rugby 7s squad has been announced. In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 25 named players will join together for a seven-week intensive training scheme, due to commence on the 30th May and include four international competitions.

Of those selected, 19 specialise in the shorter sevens format of the game and have extensive experience of the international circuit. England and Wales International sevens captains Tom Mitchell and Luke Treharne, along with Dan Norton, the fourth highest leading try scorer of all time in the HSCBC World Rugby Seven Series’, are key members of the squad.
The remaining 6 are 15s players; however, five have played sevens at international level either in the World Series circuit or 2014 Commonwealth Games. Joe Simpson will be the only player who hasn’t competed previously in international sevens competitions; a press release states his inclusion “reflects his ability to cover a number of positions that supports the blend of the squad”.

“We have watched a significant amount of footage throughout the season of 15-a-side players and every sevens game from England, Scotland and Wales,” said Team GB Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor. “Exciting talent was available to us and competition for places was tough. We’re now really looking forward to bringing this group together as one team and creating an incredible Great Britain spirit.
“One of the main strengths of the players who have been named today is their aggressive style of play in both attack and defence. Looking at how the games are won at the top level at the moment, it is very much about that physicality, teams who are fearless in the way they play.
“For the 15s players aiming to make that transition, recent sevens experience at the top level was important given how much the world of sevens rugby has progressed in the last three to four years. We were also targeting players in certain key positions to add strength in depth and complement the qualities of the specialists we already have.”

GB Olympic Rugby Sevens Wider Training Squad (Men)

Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues)
Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors)
Dan Bibby (England Sevens)
Tom Bowen (England Sevens)
Phil Burgess (England Sevens)
Sam Cross (Wales Sevens)
James Davies (Scarlets)
Alex Davis (England Sevens)
Richard de Carpentier (England Sevens)
Jamie Farndale (Scotland Sevens)
Alex Gray (England Sevens)
Charlie Hayter (England Sevens)
Warwick Lahmert (England Sevens)
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins)
Gavin Lowe (Scotland Sevens)
Ruaridh McConnochie (England Sevens)
Tom Mitchell (England Sevens)
Luke Morgan (Wales Sevens)
Dan Norton (England Sevens)
Scott Riddell (Scotland Sevens)
Mark Robertson (Scotland Sevens)
James Rodwell (England Sevens)
Joe Simpson (Wasps)
Luke Treharne (Wales Sevens)
Marcus Watson (Newcastle Falcons)

GB Rio Sevens Management/Support Team

Simon Amor (Head Coach), Gareth Williams (Assistant Coach), Stevie Gemmell (Team Leader), Dan Cooper (Performance Analyst), Dan Howells (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Jo Larkin (Doctor), Remi Mobed (Physio)

Final 12 to be Announced 19th July

The final 12 players to compete as Team GB in the Rio Olympics Rugby Sevens will be announced for both the male and female sides on the 19th July.

GB Sevens Standings Ahead of Rio

England’s Male Sevens squad are currently 8th place in the World Sevens Series Standings,
while Wales and Scotland take 11th and 12 respectively. The GB squad will need to up their game to see gold at Rio; however, with so many talented players coming together, anything could happen on the day.
Meanwhile the women’s chances of Olympic glory look significantly brighter; the England Women’s Rugby Sevens team, lead by force of nature Emily Scarrat, are currently in third position in the International Women’s Sevens Series standings.

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