Simon Amor has named his England Sevens squad for the HSBC London Sevens which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on 2-3 June 2018.
Tom Mitchell will captain the experienced side in what will be his 50th appearance in an England Sevens jersey on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
For their home tournament Mitchell will be joined by all-time leading try scorer Dan Norton and England Sevens’ most capped player James Rodwell.
Rising star Ryan Olowofela will make his Twickenham debut this weekend alongside Newcastle University’s Harry Glover who returns to Amor’s squad for the penultimate leg of the series, bringing a wealth of expertise to the squad that won silver in London following a narrow loss to Scotland in the final last year.
Tom Bowen will play the role of the team’s 13th man while Ruaridh McConnochie, Richard de Carpentier and Charlton Kerr will miss this leg of the series due to injury.
“The opportunity to play your home tournament is always special, and whether you’ve played at Twickenham 50 times or whether you’re playing there for your first time, you’ll always want to have one more opportunity so everyone’s really excited about this weekend,” said head of England Sevens Simon Amor.
“It’s great to have Harry Glover back in the mix for London – he wasn’t available for Singapore due to university commitments but he was exceptional in the Commonwealth Games so we’re really pleased to bolster the squad with his talent.
“Ryan Olowofela – who has progressed through our academy team this year – has really grown as a player. His aerial game is a real strength, he has scored a number of tries on the World Series already this season and we are excited to see him show his effort and attitude this weekend on the Twickenham stage.”
Commenting on Tom Mitchell’s 50th appearance, Amor added: “So few English people have achieved 50 tournaments on the World Series so for Tom to reach that – especially at Twickenham surrounded by his friends and family – is a special moment.
“He’s been such an unbelievable servant and captain to the England team. He led the side brilliantly at the Commonwealth Games where they brought home a bronze medal and it this unique style that is both respected and inspires all around him to give their all for the team.”
A limited number of tickets for the Saturday and Sunday are still available from EnglandRugby.com/tickets and walk-ups can also be bought from the ticket office on both days.
The tournament will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix on Saturday and Sky Sports Action on Sunday.
England Sevens squad for HSBC London Sevens:
13th man: Tom Bowen
England’s Pool C fixtures, Saturday 2 June:
England v France, 12.04pm
England v USA, 3.10pm
England v Kenya, 6.16pm