Lindsay-Hague returns for England Sevens
Oliver Lindsay-Hague has given England Sevens coach Ben Ryan a timely boost ahead of the 2011 Hong Kong and Australia Sevens.
The utility back has been out of action since helping England lift the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens title in December when he scored two decisive tries in both the semi final win over New Zealand and Cup final victory against reigning World Series champions Samoa.
In his absence England were runners-up in both South Africa and New Zealand, before losing to eventual winners South Africa in the USA Sevens Cup semi finals.
Lindsay-Hague replaces Simon Hunt, who is in Championship play-off action for Birmingham and Solihull, and is joined in Ryan's 13-man squad by Sevens debutant Marcus Watson.
“It’s great to have Ollie back now he’s fit again and he comes back having started the last two Aviva Premiership games,” said head coach Ben Ryan.
“He’s a confident young lad who’s playing well at the moment which is good for him, for Quins and for us.
“Marcus is a quality outside back who’s already appeared in the Premiership as well as at a Junior World Championship. He’s been training with us throughout this season and he’ll travel out as part of the squad before we make our decision on the 12 before each of the two tournaments.”
Another former England Under 20 wing, Mark Odejobi, keeps his place after taking over from injured forward Isoa Damudamu in Las Vegas last month.
England, alongside New Zealand, are the current joint leaders of the 2010/11 Sevens World Series at the half-way mark with 80 points apiece.
Ryan's side, who have not won the Hong Kong title since 2006, face the USA, Japan and China in Pool B at the Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po.
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England Sevens squad for Hong Kong and Adelaide: Greg Barden, John Brake, Dan Caprice, Chris Cracknell, Ben Gollings (captain), Oliver Lindsay-Hague, Dan Norton, Mark Odejobi, Tom Powell, James Rodwell, Nick Royle, Mathew Turner, Marcus Watson