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Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Three changes for England ahead of Singapore Sevens

Three changes for England ahead of Singapore Sevens

Springbok Sevens forward, Chris Dry, may be closing in on the all-time South African appearance record, but he still feels energetic and young with the Singapore Sevens looming.

Ireland will face Fiji in their opening game of the Pool B campaign before meeting Australia and Brazil when the tournament kicks off on Saturday 22 April.

The squad also sees a change in the nominated injury reserve spot with Mark Wright given more time to fully rehab a shoulder injury as Charles Higson-Smith comes into the team.

Pool D comprises US, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.Kenya won last year's Singapore Sevens with a 30-7 win over Fiji in the cup final, which marked their first win in the World Series since they made their debut back in 1999. Singapore has also played host to many other high-profile sporting events such as the Grand Prix and the BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association Finals.

Rowan Varty will add to his Hong Kong record sevens caps totals in an outside back trio of Salom Yiu Kam-shing and Ryan Meacheam.

The side only managed a fifth place finish in Hong Kong and sit in fourth place overall.

Hong Kong was Australia's best finish on the sevens world series this season, having finished fourth in Sydney and fifth in Dubai past year.

It is all about power for Hong Kong this weekend as Paul John's men look to throw off the shackles at the Singapore Sevens.

Matters have not been helped by undercurrents plaguing the team with players going on strike over unpaid bonuses; strength and conditioning coach Ian Gibbons resigning halfway through the season and key players Willy Ambaka and Dan Sikuta pulling out of the team just hours before departure last weekend.

Kenya and Argentina have met twice this season with Argentina winning 17-12 in Wellington and the two sides drawing 14-14 in Las Vegas.

He said the win to him was very special as this was his first in Hong Kong.

This group is a mixed bag following the Hong Kong results. "I'm really looking forward to getting my first taste of coaching at global level and I am sure that I will learn as much as the boys will this week", Rowark added.

Although Singapore is a minnow in world rugby, it is able to attract the best teams to play there.

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