England stars to play in Suffolk

THE full England sevens squad – led by skipper Ben Gollings – will be lining up at Bury St Edmunds RFC for this Sunday’s international 7s tournament.

The competition, which has a �7,000 total prize fund, will be headed by the national team competing under the team name ‘Dig Deep England’.

Currently in second place in the IRB World Series, the England team are using Sunday’s ULR International Premier 7s tournament to finely tune their skills in preparation for their final two tournaments in London and Edinburgh.

Event organiser and Bury’s playing chairman Mike Robinson said: “This is the first time that a full international team has visited this region, let alone it being the England team.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all sports fans to get up close and personal and watch their idols perform at the highest level.

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“We are expecting a huge turn out from both rugby fans and families looking for an action-packed, fun-filled day out.”

The likes of Dan Norton and Mat Turner, who starred in the recent Adelaide 7s, will also be part of the England squad pitting their wits against Saracens, Northampton Saints and the Welsh Warriors, to name but a few.

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Now in its third year, the event was the brainchild of Terry Sands, the former England coach who used his contacts to attract such a high calibre of competition to Suffolk.

Sands, director of rugby at Bury, will also be lining up his Samurai International side, an invitational team that has played around the world since forming 15 years ago.

“I am very proud to have started up such a high-profile event at such a great club like Bury,” Sands said. “The England players are taking the Bury 7s very seriously, going on a three-day training camp in Cambridge first, and it will be great to see them in action.

“This form of rugby is a great spectator sport which everyone can understand, regardless of how well they know rugby.”

Gates open next Sunday at 10am with entry �7 for adults, �3 for children (up to 14 years) while Under-5s go free.

For more information about the event and the teams taking part visit www.bserufc.co.uk.

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