Sevens core strength: England profile

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 16 November 2011
 
 Sevens core strength: England profile
England's players look on as Ben Ryan conducts a training session at Twickenham

All data and records correct at start of HSBC Sevens World Series 2011/12.

Tournaments: 92
Debut: 1999/00 (Series 1) - Hong Kong
2010/11 Series: 3rd

Cup Finals: 26
Cup titles: 14

Played: 505
Won: 343
Lost: 153
Drawn: 9

Pts scored: 11610
Pts conceded: 6542

Highest Score: 75-0 v SRI LANKA (2003/04, Dubai)
Widest Margin: 75-0 v SRI LANKA (2003/04, Dubai)
Heaviest Defeat: 5-52 v FIJI (1999/00, Hong Kong)

Coach: Ben Ryan
Ryan inherited the England Sevens programme from former head coach Mike Friday in 2006 and combines the role with that of National Academy coach. Ryan represented England at Under 18, U19 and U21 level and notably played in every backline position at some stage in his career. His first IRB Sevens tournament as coach came in Wellington in 2007, where the team claimed the Plate but it was exactly two years until England won him a first Cup title, Isoa Damu's late score stealing victory from New Zealand in Wellington.

His side also came of age that season under the captaincy of Ollie Phillips, winning in London to finish the Series in third place. The following season (2009/10) England failed to claim a Cup title and the resulting re-think produced the country's first full-time Sevens professionals, under Ryan's management. Cup success was immediate in Dubai and England claimed another third-place Series finish behind NZ and South Africa last term. For the 2011/12 season Ryan has extended that squad of full-time Sevens pros to 12.

Star watch: Dan Norton
England's top try scorer last season, the former Gloucester and Bristol wing touched down 32 times - including the decider in the Dubai Sevens final - as England finished third behind New Zealand and South Africa in the Series standings. Norton, 23, moved from Bristol this summer to become a member of England's full-time squad of Sevens specialists. Possesses genuine pace on the wing, or equally adept at moving into the centre where his hands and quick feet make him a key attacking weapon for Ben Ryan's side.

Look out too this season for newcomer Christian Lewis-Pratt at first receiver - big, strong and quick and another new addition to the full-time Sevens set-up who impressed during the European Sevens Grand Prix Series.

Video: Meet Dan Norton