England national rugby sevens team

The England national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. England's best finish in the Sevens Series is second place, which they have achieved four times, most recently in the 2016-17 season. They have once won the Rugby World Cup Sevens — the inaugural tournament in 1993.

England
England rugby textlogo.svg
UnionRugby Football Union
Emblem(s)Red Rose
Coach(es)Simon Amor
Captain(s)Tom Mitchell
Top scorerBen Gollings (2,652 points)
Most triesDan Norton (354 tries)
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993)
Best resultChampions, 1993

The England Sevens team has generated several notable sevens players. Ben Gollings holds the record for points scored on the Sevens Series with 2,652 points.[1] Dan Norton holds the record for tries scored on the Sevens Series with over 350 tries as of April 2020.[2] England's Simon Amor (2004) and Ollie Phillips (2009) have each won a World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year award.[3]

HistoryEdit

England won the 1973 International Seven-a-side Tournament, the first sevens tournament with national representative sides, defeating Ireland 22–18 in the final.[4]

World Rugby Sevens SeriesEdit

England is one of the more successful teams in the World Rugby Sevens Series. They have finished in the top three nine times — behind only New Zealand, Fiji, and South Africa.

Place Number Seasons
1st 0
2nd 4 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2016–17
3rd 5 2001–02, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
4th 2 2013–14, 2014–15
5th 5 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2017–18, 2018–19
6th 1 2012–13
7th 1 2000–01
8th 1 2015–16
9th 1 1999–00

Quadrennial tournamentsEdit

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1993 Champions 1st 10 8 2 0
  1997 Quarterfinals 8th 5 4 1 0
  2001 Quarterfinals 6th 6 3 3 0
  2005 Semifinals 3rd 7 5 2 0
  2009 Quarterfinals 7th 4 3 1 0
  2013 Runners-Up 2nd 6 5 1 0
  2018 Runners-up[5] 2nd 4 3 1 0
  2022 Qualified
Total 1 Title 8/8 38 28 10 0

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1998 Quarterfinals 6th 3 2 1 0
  2002 Plate Winner 5th 6 5 1 0
  2006 Runners-Up 2nd 6 5 1 0
  2010 Semifinals 4th 6 4 2 0
  2014 Plate Winner 5th 6 4 2 0
  2018 Semifinals 3rd 5 4 1 0
Total 0 Titles 5/5 27 20 7 0

Rugby X TournamentEdit

Rugby X Tournament
Year Round Pld W L D
  2019 Quarter-finals 3 0 2 1

European competitionEdit

Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series

Sevens GP record
Year Position
20022010 Did not
participate
  2011 2nd
  2012 1st
    2013 1st
  2014 3rd
  2015 3rd
2016 DNP*
2017 9th
2018 4th
2019 7th
Total 5/14

Note: In 2016, England did not enter a team in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens. Instead, Great Britain fielded a team.

World Series tournamentsEdit

England won the following legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series:

Current squadEdit

Player recordsEdit

The following shows leading career England players based on performance in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active.

Tries scored[6]
No. Player Tries
1 Dan Norton 354
2 Ben Gollings 220
3 Tom Mitchell 135
4 Richard Haughton 106
5 Rob Thirlby 101

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Rugby Sevens: All-time leading points-scorers". The South African. 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  2. ^ "Record tries for Dan Norton but England face daunting quarter-final against South Africa at Dubai Rugby Sevens". The National. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  3. ^ "Ollie Phillips: ‘I was a rugby hero and record breaker, but I still suffered from imposter syndrome’", Telegraph, Guy Kelly, 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ The Straits Times, 9 April 1973
  5. ^ "New Zealand crowned men's RWC Sevens champions", World Rugby, 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ World Rugby website, current as of 15 March 2020

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