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October 2, 2008
Ben Ryan, coach of the England Sevens Team issues instructions at the Lensbury Club, Teddington, England, November 21, 2007.
Ryan is setting his sights on winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens crown © Getty Images
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England Sevens coach Ben Ryan has announced his training squad for the forthcoming season that includes the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai, 5-7 March.

The 26 man squad, that will meet early next week, features last season's England Sevens stars Tom Biggs (Leeds Carnegie), Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons), Jack Adams (Gloucester Rugby), Kevin Barrett (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Cook (Sedgley Park) and Chris Cracknell (Exeter Chiefs).

The wider training group will be looking to secure selection in the 12-man squad that will travel to Dubai for the opening event in the IRB Sevens Series that will take place 28-29 November.

"The Sevens World Cup only comes around every four years and these players have the opportunity to be part of something special," said Ryan. "England haven't won the Sevens World Cup since 1993 so our focus from day one is to lift the Melrose Cup.

"We have some very exciting prospects in this squad with a mix of youth and experience. We have some players missing from this training squad that will be available for selection for the World Series and World Cup Uche Odouza (Suntory Sungoliath), Andy Vilk (Benetton Treviso) and Ben Gollings (Rugby Gold Coast) who all took part in Edinburgh last season.

"The players who took part in that final in Edinburgh will know that was just the tip of the iceberg. England's sights are firmly set on a winning season which kicks off in Dubai in November."

England Sevens 26 man training squad: Jack Adams (Gloucester Rugby) Greg Barden (Bristol Rugby) Kevin Barrett (Exeter Chiefs) Tom Biggs (Leeds Carnegie) Chris Cracknell (Exeter Chiefs) Rhys Crane (Bath Rugby) Ollie Cook (Sedgely Park) Isoa Damudamu (Army) Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks) Ollie Frost (Worcester Warriors) Charlie Gower (London Irish) Matt Jess (Exeter Chiefs) Dan Norton (Gloucester Rugby) Josh Ovens (Bath Rugby) Ollie Phillips (Newcastle Falcons) James Rodwell (Moseley) Tony Roques (Cornish All Blacks) Charlie Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester) David Tait (Sale Sharks) Guy Thompson (Gloucester Rugby) Adam Thompstone (London Irish) Matt Turner (Bristol Rugby) Rob Vickerman (Leeds Carnegie) Tim Visser (Newcastle Falcons) Mark Woodrow (Pertemps Bees) Mickey Young (Newcastle Falcons)


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