England begin their World Rugby Sevens Series campaign on Friday
Last Updated: 01/12/16 2:52pm
England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell is hoping that England's settled squad can improve on last year's eighth place as the World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai this weekend, live on Sky Sports.
Mitchell is still buoyed from leading Great Britian Rio to a silver medal in the Rio Olympics after losing to Fiji in the final.
"We are carrying quite a lot of continuity from last season which is good," Mitchell told Sky Sports.
"We have got some experienced heads as well after what happened in the summer with the GB squad, and that experience will really help us.
"Historically it has always been an amazing tournament for us. We are very fortunate to get a lot of support out there, and there is always a brilliant atmosphere for us," Mitchell added on englandrugby.com.
"Running out onto that field, especially in the evening games when the lights are on and the crowd is really excited and gets behind you, is a very special feeling."
Fiji won their first Olympic medal in Rio in August and will once again be favourites to take the overall honours in Dubai where they have twice been champions in the last three years.
However, they and traditional heavyweight rivals New Zealand enter the 10-round series in a state of flux.
Fiji's English coach Ben Ryan stepped down after the historic Olympic triumph to be replaced by Welshman Gareth Baber who was previously in charge of Hong Kong.
"As a coach, this is an incredible opportunity to work with the present world and Olympic champions," said Baber.
"I want to strengthen my knowledge of the game and the competition level that Fiji operates at will provide that."
Jasa Veremalua will likely again be Fiji's star man. He was voted the tournament's Impact Player of the Year last time round after scoring 29 tries and putting in 116 crunching tackles.
Twelve-time champions New Zealand also have a new man at the helm after long-time coach Gordon Tietjens stepped down after 22 years in the hot-seat following his team's failure to win Olympic gold.
Tietjens guided New Zealand to 12 Sevens World Series titles, four Commonwealth gold medals and two Sevens World Cup crowns but was unable to repeat the magic in Rio.
Scott Waldrom and Tomasi Cama are the interim coached with Clark Laidlaw set to take over in June next year on a full-time basis.
Tietjens has since taken over as coach of Samoa, the 2009-10 series-winning team. Samoa won the Paris Sevens in May, their first Cup since Dubai in 2012.
South Africa, meanwhile, will be looking to forget their recent woes in the 15-man game with a morale-boosting run in Dubai.
They will look to 23-year-old Seabelo Senatla to illustrate his status as World Sevens Player of the Year. He scored 66 tries in the 2016 series taking his total to 113 in the last two seasons.
Watch the Dubai Sevens plus England v Australia live on Sky Sports.