England Sevens team ready to end season on a high in London
Last Updated: 19/05/16 12:39pm
The England Sevens team are determined to give their home fans something to cheer about at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series finale in London.
With GB Sevens' appearance at the Olympic Games later this year a priority, England have rested some of their senior players and given their promising youngsters some much needed experience.
They may not be in contention for the overall title, but believe the home support can help them deliver something special.
Re-branded as a 'Feast of Rugby' and live on Sky Sports, the London Sevens promises to be a fantastic event and Phil Burgess, who hopes to return to the squad for this weekend's tournament, says the squad are relishing the occasion.
"London is really special for us, it's our home venue," Burgess told englandrugby.com
"Playing at Twickenham is incredible and as a group of players knowing our friends and family are here is more important. Everyone wants to put a marker down in front of a home crowd.
"You want to do them proud, you want to do your country proud. When you are out there playing for England you want to put some pride in the jersey and I think it's really important."
Fiji head into the tournament as HSBC World Sevens Series leaders, with South Africa and New Zealand in second and third respectively. England, in ninth place, have been drawn in a tough Pool B that includes table leaders Fiji, Australia and Wales.
"Unfortunately this year we are not in a position to compete for the World Series trophy, Fiji are out in front, but for all teams in Sevens to come to the home of rugby is fantastic for them," added Burgess.
"The games will be brilliant, there will be some upsets for sure which will be very exciting for the fans.
"This season for us was a development year and was all about putting out the team we can and getting the performances we can as individuals so that at the end of the series we can push on to other things.
"So for us as individuals we've got to go out and perform and then whatever comes after that comes. Everyone wants to put a marker down in front of a home crowd."
Watch the London Sevens, Sat May 21, from 9am, Sky Sports 1 HD and Sunday May 22, 9am, Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports 3 HD