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10.03.2021 England make three changes for Vancouver Sevens

England Sevens head coach Simon Amor is looking for his side to bounce back in style after making three changes for this weekend’s Vancouver Sevens.

Last time out at the Las Vegas leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, a depleted England were knocked at the shield semi-final stage by Canada.

And it is Canada that provides the backdrop this time around as Vancouver host a World Rugby Sevens Series leg for the first time ever.

For the trip Richard de Carpentier, Warwick Lahmert and debutant Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas come into the squad, replacing Alex Gray, Tom Mitchell and Jack Wilson.

And as England prepare to tackle New Zealand, USA and France in pool D Amor admits he wants to see more from his troops.

“We are not a programme that makes excuses,” Amor said. “In previous tournaments we have had injuries but our strong attitude and work rate have not been compromised, last weekend was not good enough and harsh lessons were learned.  

“We are aware that we need to build depth in our squad in key positions so that when injuries occur we are able to consistently remain at the top end of tournaments.

“This is not a short term process and we need to show our mental resilience.
“The positives are that Dan Norton showed good form after missing the last two tournaments and being ill on day one and Phil Burgess, who has been out with injury, played well and was a strong captain in Tom Mitchell’s absence. 

“Due to the injuries Charlie Hayter played more than initially planned, but he responded well in his first tournament since last summer and he will get further game time under his belt in Vancouver.” 

Sportsbeat 2016