Mat Turner Leads England Royals To Safaricom Sevens

check sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>South African born Turner is a former IRB Sevens World Player of the Year Nominee. He made his England Sevens debut in 2008 at George and has gone on to score 80 tries in 33 IRB World Series tournament appearances. Mat adds: “I’ve moved around the backs. web sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>I started playing as a centre and slowly worked my way out to the wing.”

Jason Robinson and Christian Cullen are the players he most admires and his favourite ground is Newlands in his native Cape Town. His hobbies are water sports and figure skating.

Rob Vickerman made his debut for England at the 2004 Paris Sevens and has scored 25 tries for England in 28 tournaments. After his England Sevens debut his career at that level was on hold, partly through a knee reconstruction, until his comeback in the 2008 Dubai tournament.

The following February, he shared in England’s first triumph in the Wellington event, scoring a try in the 19-17 win over New Zealand. Rob also helped England to lift the London title in May 2009.

25 year old Mark Odejobi made his England Sevens debut at the 2011 Las Vegas Sevens, and also featured in Hong Kong and Adelaide before being sidelined by injury.

He was back for the Glasgow event in May last year only to suffer a further setback with a broken bone in a foot during the 40-7 win against Kenya. Mark returned from that injury to the Redingensians squad to face Malvern in National Three South West in February this year.

Mark reappeared in England Sevens colours in the RWC tournament in Moscow this June after a 13-months absence.His leisure time centres on reading “good historical novels and doing Maths homework. That’s not so much a hobby but I spend a lot of time doing it. I love the Discovery TV channel but UKTV Food is possibly the greatest one ever.”

29 year old James Rodwell is the most capped England Sevens forward of all time and sits fourth on the all time capped players list. A graduate in Business Commerce at Birmingham University, James began playing rugby at the age of seven at Tring RFC, his local club, and Berkhamsted Collegiate School from the age of ten, where he figured at centre and full back.

James made his England Sevens debut against the United States at Dubai in 2008 and at his previous Club Moseley was voted the club’s U21 player of the year in 2004-05, the players’ player in 2006-07 and supporters’ player in 2008-09. He was part of the England squad that reached the final of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

Sam Edgerly,21, made his England debut in 2012 and has to date scored 11 tries in 9 IRB World Series tournaments. He is the man who broke Kenyans hearts, scoring the try in sudden death that saw England beat Kenya 24-19 in the Wellington Sevens.

England Royals Squad to Safaricom Sevens

Aaron Meyers, Andrew Boyce, Marcus Webber, Auguy Slowik, Ruaridh McConnochie, Robert Vickerman, Mark Odejobi, Samuel Edgerly, James Rodwell, Mathew Turner, Tahir El Mahdi, Callum Wilson, Barry Maddocks, Bernard Kenny


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