Sevens World Series: Simon Amor makes one change to England squad
Sevens World Series: Simon Amor makes one change to his England squad ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures
Simon Amor has made one change to his England 7s squad that arrives in Scotland today for this weekend’s Glasgow round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Northampton Saints and England U20 wing/full-back Howard Packman replaces the injured Jack Clifford, who had impressed as England finished third in Tokyo and runners-up in Hong Kong last month.
He [Howard] has proved that he is a devastating runner and we are hoping that he will not only add something to the England Sevens team
Packman, a product of the Saints academy, has represented England at age-grade level and will be part of the England squad for this summer’s IRB Junior World Championship.
“Howard has played for a number of England teams and has been a super talent from a very young age,” said England head coach Simon Amor. “This is a great opportunity to get him involved in the Glasgow tournament.
“With the Junior World Championship very much in mind, this will help with his preparation and development.
“In training with the squad, he has proved that he is a devastating runner and we are hoping that he will not only add something to the England Sevens team but also gain a lot from the experience.”
Under Amor’s leadership, England have improved with each round and are fourth in the World Series standings ahead of the final two rounds in Glasgow and London, just eight points behind Fiji in third.
England are again captained by Tom Mitchell, who leads the Series in points scored with 265—65 ahead of Fiji danger man Samisoni Viriviri—and goals scored with 72, well ahead of Scotland captain Colin Gregor on 59.
They face France (11:14), Japan (14:20) and Canada (17:31) in Pool B on day one of competition at Scotstoun Stadium.
“France and Canada are particularly physical teams,” Amor added. “We have beaten Canada by a single score in the past two tournaments and the last time we played France it was very close. It will be a good test for our young team.
“Japan were outstanding in Hong Kong and justifiably won the qualification tournament. Their strength is their speed and dynamism so they provide a different threat and are certainly not to be underestimated.”
England 7s Squad: Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Sam Blanchet, Alex Gray, Tom Mitchell (captain), Dan Norton, Howard Packman, Tom Powell, James Rodwell, Sam Stanley, Marcus Watson, Jack Walsh.