Glasgow Sevens: England make two changes for penultimate round
Simon Amor's side are looking to move closer to Olympic qualification after their impressive win in Tokyo last time out
England Sevens have made two changes to their squad for the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow.
Simon Amor recalls Richard De Carpentier and Warwick Lahmert with John Brake and Josh Watkins missing out.
After their stunning weekend in Tokyo last time out that culminated in a 21-14 win over South Africa in the final, England go into the weekend with the possibility of strengthening their position to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.
And they will face fourth-place rivals Australia in the pool stages on Saturday, as well as France and non-core side Russia.
“Our pool will be a big challenge,” Amor said.
“Australia are an excellent team and they have played consistently well all season.
“They will bounce back after Tokyo and be incredibly strong because they have some very talented players.
“Russia are new to the series so will be an interesting and physical challenge for us, and France are one of the most unpredictable sides out there.
“But we just need to focus on ourselves and perform to our potential.”
In a rarity for this season, Amor had a fully fit squad to play with for England’s short trip up to Glasgow.
The return of experienced players from injury has made the competition for places tougher and the England head coach admitted he had to make some tough decisions.
“It has been a relatively short turnaround time since Tokyo, but it has been good with a number of guys who have been out injured getting back into training and have made the competition for places the best it’s been all season,” Amor added.
“We had a good healthy group to select from so the 12 in the squad have worked incredibly hard and are there on merit.
“It is tough on John Brake and Christian Lewis-Pratt, in particular, who miss out on selection having trained well over the past few weeks.”
England squad for Glasgow Sevens: Dan Bibby, Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Richard De Carpentier, Alex Gray, Charlie Hayter, Warwick Lahmert, Tom Mitchell (captain), Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Marcus Watson, Jeff Williams.