Navy player named in England 7s squad

Cpl Greg Barden (RM Poole) has been named in Engalnd's initial 17-man training squad preparing to take part in the Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

The RFU released details of the squad and its build up to New Dehli. The squad will undergo an intensive 12-week training programme - based at the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey and the Lensbury Club in Teddington - which includes England's first ever appearance at the Middlesex Sevens playing as a Help For Heroes side on August 14.

The final team will be announced in September and will go to New Delhi where the Sevens event takes place on October 11 and 12. They face Australia, Namibia and Sri Lanka in the pool stages.

Commonwealth Games Training Group

Greg Barden (Royal Navy)
Kevin Barrett (Saracens)
John Brake
Dan Caprice
Alex Cheesman (Oxford University)
Chris Cracknell
Isoa Damudamu (British Army)
Ben Gollings
Simon Hunt (Birmingham and Solihull)
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins)*
Miles Mantella (Harlequins)
Dan Norton (Bristol Rugby)
Tom Powell
James Rodwell
Nick Royle
Mathew Turner
Christian Wade (London Wasps)

Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens, October 11-12

Pool A: New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Guyana
Pool B: South Africa, Wales, Tonga, India
Pool C: Samoa, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea
Pool D: England, Australia, Namibia, Sri Lanka

*Ollie Lindsay-Hague is recovering from injury and will join the training group when fit.


(Taken from RFU Press Release issued Thu 15 July)