England Sevens players show wild side
England Sevens duo Chris Cracknell and Tom Mitchell are both hoping that a big, vociferous crowd turns up at Twickenham for the Marriott London Sevens, round 9 of the HSBC Sevens World Series on 11-12 May.
Ben Ryan’s side has endured a difficult campaign and currently sits 10th in the standings but the players are intent on finishing the season on a high and gaining crucial momentum ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this June.
“You get to play in front of a lot of people you know, you’ve got your friends and family there so that makes it more special," said playmaker Tom Mitchell, who is hoping to return from injury.
"It’s also the biggest crowd we play in front of all year and the noise when we run out is amazing. I’ve never felt anything like it.
"Everyone dreams of running out at Twickenham in front of a big crowd and the feeling of that is something I’ll never forget.”
The fancy dress-themed London tournament continues to grow each year, with more than 110,000 expected over the two days this year as 'Safari' sets the trend.
Mitchell and Cracknell were among the England players setting a shining example in the lead-up to the tournament, which follows on from the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens. In a four-hour body-painting session, Cracknell was transformed into a lion and Mitchell a mandrill monkey.
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“It’s about playing in one of the best stadiums in the world and there’s now the fancy dress theme, which has given that extra impetus towards the tournament being a festival of rugby and people coming to let their hair down,” said Cracknell.
Tickets for Marriott London Sevens are available via RFU.com, priced at £25 for adults, £5 for juniors and £45 for weekend passes.