John Brake has named his England Men’s squad for the Oktoberfest Sevens [Saturday 21 September-Sunday 22 September].
Brake, who coaches across the men’s and women’s sevens programmes, will lead the team, which features a mix of invitational and contracted England 7s players for the pre-season tournament.
The tournament, held at the Olympic stadium in Munich, made its debut in 2017 and attracted a crowd of 20,000.
England take on Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in Pool A.
Femi Sofolarin was part of the academy set-up last season and returns for the trip to Germany, while Alex Harris [Apache 7s], Hamish James [Apache 7s], Noah Sixton [Ramblin Jesters] and Ronnie Du Randt [Chester RUFC] are also included.
If England finish in the top two of Pool A, they will progress to the Cup competition on day two, with third and fourth placed teams entering the Plate competition.
Brake said: “We are excited for the challenge ahead.
“With a number of our senior players currently rehabbing injuries, the Oktoberfest 7s presents a brilliant opportunity for players on the fringes of the contracted squad to compete against some of the world’s best.
“For some players this will be their first time representing their country which is an exciting prospect.”
Saturday 21 September – Pool A matches
England v Australia [14.44]
England v South Africa [17.29]
England v New Zealand [20.36]
Jamie Barden [University of Nottingham]
Will Hendy [England 7s Academy]
Ronnie Du Randt [Chester RUFC]
Will Edwards [England 7s]
Hamish James [Apache 7s/University of Southampton]
Tom Bowen [England 7s]
Femi Sofolarin [Newcastle University]
George Barber [Loughborough University]
Toby Venner [Hartpury University]
Alex Harris [Apache 7s]
Noah Sixton [Ramblin Jesters]
Oli Hobman [Old Elthamians RFC/St Marys University]