Regional & Multisport Sevens
Gollings leads England to Commonwealth Games
Ben Gollings will lead England's Rugby Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month.
The 30-year-old, who is the all time leading point-scorer in the IRB Sevens World Series with 2,374, makes his third appearance at the Games after appearing at Manchester in 2002 and winning a silver medal at Melbourne in 2006.
He captains the 12-man group named by head coach Ben Ryan at Twickenham today, which features seven of the players - Gollings, Greg Barden, Kevin Barrett, Chris Cracknell, Isoa Damudamu, Dan Norton and James Rodwell - who clinched the Wellington and London Sevens titles in 2009.
In Delhi, England face Namibia, Uganda and an eagerly anticipated game against Australia on the first day of the 16-team tournament, which will be played on 11-12 October.
"I'm pleased with the squad and we're looking forward to what should be a hotly contested Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens in Delhi," said Ryan.
"There will big guns like New Zealand, who have won three gold medals since Rugby Sevens was introduced to the Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998; Samoa, who won the last World Series, and Australia will also be strong, so we're certainly not going to be the favourites.
"But we're fit and well prepared, and we have a hungry squad with a good blend of youth and experience who are desperate to wear the England shirt and will give their all to succeed in Delhi.
"The spirit is good, the players have fought for their places and they've put in lots of hard work. Those qualities will be our strengths and now it comes down to putting together a string of performances to get us on the medal podium."
England chef de mission Craig Hunter welcomed the Sevens squad into the 550-strong England team today.
"Rugby Sevens will be a great competition at the Games. We wish the squad well in their final preparations and for the Games," he said.
In 2006 England beat Australia 14-12 in their pool encounter and defeated Samoa 17-14 and Fiji 21-14 before going down 29-21 in a pulsating final against New Zealand.
England Rugby Sevens squad to compete at Commonwealth Games: Greg Barden (Royal Navy), Kevin Barrett (Saracens), John Brake (England Sevens), Dan Caprice (England Sevens), Chris Cracknell (England Sevens), Isoa Damudamu (British Army), Ben Gollings (England Sevens), Simon Hunt (Birmingham & Solihull), Dan Norton (Bristol Rugby), Tom Powell (England Sevens), James Rodwell (England Sevens), Mathew Turner (England Sevens)