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Ben Gollings to lead England Commonwealth sevens team

Ben Gollings
Gollings is the record scorer in international sevens history

Ben Gollings has been named captain of the England Rugby Sevens team at October's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 30-year-old will be competing at his third Games after playing in Manchester in 2002 and winning a silver medal at Melbourne in 2006.

Seven members of the squad were in the side that won the Wellington and London Sevens titles in 2009.

England face Sri Lanka, Australia and Uganda on day one of the 16-team tournament staged on 11-12 October.

Head coach Ben Ryan said: "I'm pleased with the squad and we're looking forward to what should be a hotly contested Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens in Delhi.


"There will big guns like New Zealand, who have won three gold medals since rugby sevens was introduced to the Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, Samoa, who won the last world series, and Australia will also be strong, so we're certainly not going to be the favourites.

"But we're fit and well prepared, and we have a hungry squad with a good blend of youth and experience who are desperate to wear the England shirt and will give their all to succeed in Delhi."

England Commonwealth Games sevens squad:

Greg Barden (Royal Navy), Kevin Barrett (Saracens), John Brake (England Sevens), Dan Caprice (England Sevens), Chris Cracknell (England Sevens), Isoa Damudamu (British Army), Ben Gollings (England Sevens), Simon Hunt (Birmingham & Solihull), Dan Norton (Bristol), Tom Powell (England Sevens), James Rodwell (England Sevens), Mathew Turner (England Sevens).

see also
Scots choose Games Sevens squad
11 Aug 10 |  Scottish
Wales Sevens face Boks in Delhi
05 Jul 10 |  Welsh

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