England Sevens to face Wales after Six Nations showdown
England will play Wales in a one-off sevens international after Sunday's Six Nations match at Twickenham.
Last Updated: 03/03/14 10:45am
Both teams will be heading for the Commonwealth Games later this year and organisers hope the match will boost the profile of Sevens ahead of the Glasgow event in July.
England Sevens coach Simon Amor said: "The whole squad is looking forward to the chance of being a part of such a massive rugby occasion at Twickenham Stadium.
"We get great support from the senior coaches and players, and our aim is to perform at a level that does them and the shirt proud as our players fight it out for places at the next two World Series tournaments in Tokyo and Hong Kong."
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Sevens is an important part of the England Rugby programme with an exciting future ahead in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games this summer and we'll be wishing them well on Sunday.
"England have a skilful and athletic squad and sevens is a great spectacle so I know our fans will enjoy watching them in what should be a great game against Wales."
Wales Sevens coach Gareth Williams said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of such a prestigious rugby occasion. It also provides an opportunity for a number of our development players to stake a claim for a place in the squad to travel to Tokyo and Hong Kong later this month."
England are fourth in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings after five of the nine events that make up the tour and preparing for the next two tournaments in Tokyo (March 22-23) and Hong Kong (March 28-30).
The series then returns to the Northern Hemisphere to Glasgow (May 3-4) before its conclusion at the London Sevens (May 10-11), which attracted a record 113,000 crowd over two days at Twickenham Stadium last year.
The Commonwealth Games Sevens will be staged at Ibrox in Glasgow on July 26-27.