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GB Sevens name squads for Moscow

  • Great Britain Sevens compete for the first time this weekend when they play in Moscow
  • The wider training squad gathered on Monday and two teams are entered in the event, playing as the GB Lions and GB Royals
  • Each team features players from across the unions, with coaches Simon Amor and Gareth Williams considering a number of factors in their selection
Great Britain Sevens compete for the first time this weekend when they play in Moscow in the opening round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series.

The wider training squad gathered on Monday and two teams are entered in the event, playing as the GB Lions and GB Royals.

Team GB Sevens Head Coach Amor said: “It’s been a very exciting first few days, the talent is exceptional and the way the guys have trained in the sessions shows real intent. They are bringing out the best in each other.

“We’ve put a big focus on the importance of an extraordinary GB spirit.  The players have really embraced that and everyone knows we are on a unique and special journey together over the next seven weeks.

“There was a clear criteria for the two squads. Firstly, it was about the GB feel and making sure there was a good combination of the home nations in each team.  Secondly, we wanted to look at certain combinations and specific positions.

“Heading into this first tournament, we also have some guys on limited game time as they return from injury, so someone like Cory Allen needs to be partnered in a squad with a player in the same position who can do a full 14 minutes.  We need to manage players through this event as a three-week intense training block follows and we want them fresh for what will be a very competitive phase in our preparations.”

GB Royals
Cory Allen, Tom Bowen, Alex Davis, Jamie Farndale, Alex Gray, Warwick Lahmert, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Luke Morgan, Scott Riddell, Joe Simpson, Luke Treharne (C)
Fixtures (all times in BST with a live stream available via www.rugbyeurope.tv)
9.28am v Georgia
12.28pm v Lithuania
3.28pm v Russia
GB Lions
Mark Bennett, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Sam Cross, James Davies, Richard de Carpentier, Lee Jones, Gavin Lowe, Tom Mitchell (C), Dan Norton, Mark Robertson, Marcus Watson
Fixtures (all times in BST with a live stream available via www.rugbyeurope.tv)
8.22am v Portugal
11am v France
2.22pm v Poland
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