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Ben Ryan to leave England Sevens


By RFU Press Office
August 4 2013

BEN RYAN is to stand down as England Sevens Head Coach after more than six years in charge of the national side.

Ben celebrates with the team after winning the Hertz Sevens in Wellington earlier this year

 

The 41 year-old will help ensure a smooth transition takes place during the build-up to the new HSBC Sevens World Series and the recruitment process to identify his successor will be under way shortly.

England Sevens are also recruiting an Assistant Coach as Russell Earnshaw leaves the programme to take up a teaching career in Economics at Eastbourne College next month.

Ryan said: “I’m proud of what England Sevens has achieved in the last six years but I have decided that it is right for me and my career progress that I move on and let someone new take the side forward.

“I’ve loved working as England Sevens Head Coach and enjoyed every minute in a time of dramatic change for the sport and the squad. In 2007 I met one player for the first time at the airport heading for a tournament; six years later we have a full-time England squad operating to the highest professional standards.

“We’ve been the leading Northern Hemisphere side throughout that period and we’ve recorded some great tournament victories – including eight individual wins over New Zealand – as well as reaching a World Cup final for the first time in 20 years. Eleven of our players have gone on to play for England at senior level in that time.

“As a coach your goal is always to leave something in better shape to pass on to the next generation and I believe that’s been achieved.”

Ryan led the side through 56 HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments, reaching the semi finals or better 28 times and winning titles at Wellington (2008, 2013), Dubai (2010, 2011) and London (2008). England finished third overall in the Series in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

They also won the FIRA/AER European Grand Prix series in 2012, finished fourth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and second at this summer’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. Under Ryan, England Under 18 won the Junior Commonwealth Games sevens title in 2011.

He also oversaw the team’s transition to a full-time programme in 2010-11 and there are now 19 contracted England players preparing for the start of the new season in October.

RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said:Ben deserves a tremendous vote of thanks for all his efforts while in charge of the England Sevens team.

“He has made an important contribution both to England and to the development of the sport globally during a period of great change following its inclusion in the 2016 Olympics.

“He will leave firm foundations in place and a full-time squad who will be ambitious to make an impact next season in the HSBC Sevens World Series and at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said:Ben’s made a major impact on and off the field in developing our sevens programme and making sure the team achieves high standards in international competition.

“He’s a first class coach who has helped his players fulfil their potential and many of them have benefited from his guidance on the way to senior international honours.

“I’m sure he will go on to achieve more great things and wish him all the best for his future career.”

Russell Earnshaw has had a distinguished playing and coaching career, not only with the England Sevens senior side, but also with the GB Student Sevens team who he coached to gold in the World Games in Brive last year. 

Earnshaw said: “I leave behind some great people in the programme, in particular a top group of players and a fantastic management team who put in hard work and dedication behind the scenes. I look forward to watching their progress in the same way I've been fortunate enough to watch the likes of Ben and Tom Youngs progress from England Sevens to a winning British and Irish Lions Tour.”

 

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Ben Ryan to leave England Sevens
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Ben Ryan confirmed as new top dog of Fiji Rugby Sevens
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20/09/2013 15:08
Following a month of discussions, former England 7s coach Ben Ryan was confirmed as the new coach of Fiji Rugby 7s last night.

Ryan resigned from his position as England 7s coach after the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow after 7 successful years in charge at Twickenham stating it was time for someone else to take the squad forward.

The Wimbledon man will be the first English coach to take charge of the side that is arguably the most famous 7s playing nation in the world. With players like Serevi, Cama Snr and more recently Botia & Raqamata it has proven to be a conveyor belt of world class talent.

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England 7s Fixtures & Squad - Hong Kong 2016
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England Sevens start with win over South Africa
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England Sevens start with win over South Africa

Dan Norton scored his 196th try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series today as England beat South Africa 21-14 in their opening game in Hong Kong. The speedster becomes the fourth highest try scorer in the history of the Series.

“After the last couple of disappointing tournaments we came here with a strong mind set and a good training block and we said that with each game we want to leave everything out there,” said England’s Phil Burgess who crossed for his side's first score.

“South Africa made it tough, they came at us and they kept fighting. I think that it is testament to our tactics, the way we came out firing in the first half, and took them by surprise so credit to the coaches and credit to the players for pulling it off.”

Norton’s try was England’s second of the match setting up a 14-0 lead but South Africa hit back through Seabello Senatla after Richard de Carpentier was shown a yellow card for throwing the ball away at a penalty.

Norton punished South Africa early in the second half gathering his own chip, which resulted in a penalty try and yellow card to try scorer Senatla for tackling Norton without the ball.

Despite a late try from South Africa’s Philip Snyman, Simon Amor’s side held on to secure their first win of the tournament in Pool B.

England Sevens veteran James Rodwell appeared in his 68th consecutive HSBC World Sevens Series event – equalling the record held by South Africa’s Frankie Horne.

“Their attitude their work ethic, their fight, their hunger to play for each other was very good," said Head Coach Simon Amor. "It’s humid out here, it’s very tough.

“With an early start tomorrow in the heat against Scotland it will be a really tough one. Scotland are a good team and we haven’t yet got it right against them so far this year so it will be a challenge for us.”

England play Scotland tomorrow at 6.32am (GMT) and Russia at 10.32am (GMT) live on Sky Sports 3

 
England finish top of their pool in Hong Kong
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England finish top of their pool in Hong Kong


England will face Australia in the Cup quarter-final of the Hong Kong Sevens tomorrow (5.04am BST, Sky Sports 2) after finishing day two top of their pool following a win over Scotland and a draw with Russia.

England followed up yesterday's 21-14 victory over South Africa with a 19-0 win over Scotland thanks to tries from Richard De Carpentier and two from Dan Norton.

Norton's second try took him past the 1,000 point mark in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - a magnificent milestone for the flyer.

However, England found the going tough against a physical Russia side and had to settle for a 12-12 draw when Simplikevich scored towards the end of the game. England's tries came from Tom Bowen and Cameron Cowell in the second half.

Captain Tom Mitchell said: “That last one was tough against Russia, not the performance we wanted, but it was valuable experience for a couple of guys who haven’t had a lot of World Series game time, they will learn from it, as will the whole group. It is good to finish top of the pool, it is a big goal for us this year to top pools and we’ve ticked another one off so we are pleased about that.

“The boys perhaps felt that they had a bit of a point to prove against Scotland. We have suffered some defeats to them this year so wanted to go out and play well and then it was an exciting start to the tournament last night against South Africa. The crowd really got behind us, they loved it and as always there is a great support for England here in Hong Kong. The guys are thriving off that and we’re looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

“When it comes to a cup quarter final, you never look too much into the draw because it will be tough whoever you are playing. It is more about how we turn up in the morning - that is the focus. We need to get things right tonight and then come tomorrow with the attitude that we want to deliver a good performance.”

England Sevens squad for Hong Kong:

Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Cameron Cowell, Richard de Carpentier, Charlie Hayter, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, Warwick Lahmert, Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins), Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (Capt), Dan Norton, James Rodwell

England’s pool B results:

South Africa 14-21 England
Tries: Burgess, Norton (2) Conversions: Mitchell (3)

Scotland 0-19 England
Tries: Richard de Carpentier, Norton (2) Conversions: Mitchell (2)

England 12 – 12 Russia
Tries: Bowen, Cowell Conversion: Cowell

 
England Sevens win plate final in Hong Kong
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10/04/2016 14:52
England Sevens win plate final in Hong Kong


England Sevens have lifted the plate in Hong Kong after beating USA 19-0 in the final.

Dan Norton reached the impressive milestone of 200 tries scored in the HSBC Sevens World Series when he claimed his sixth of the weekend in the 33-0 semi-final win over Kenya and continued to add to that total against the USA.

The speedster was the first to touch down with England’s other points coming through James Rodwell and Ruaridh McConnochie with two conversions from Tom Mitchell.

Simon Amor’s side finished top of their pool yesterday but experienced a tough morning in the cup quarter final against Australia.

As the rain fell heavily scores either side of the break gave Australia a 14-0 lead. England were twice held up over the line before the on form Norton went over in the corner in the final minute.

Reflecting on the tournament, captain Mitchell said: “This weekend has had some ups and downs. The whole week in fact has been a journey, we’ve learned a lot from it.

“There has been some real stand out performances – Dan Norton has been amazing and credit to Charlie Hayter who, after only recently coming back from injury, showed glimpses of his best rugby again yesterday. It is a shame that he is suffering from illness and was unable come out and back it up today. I think we missed him at times in that first game but it has been a strong effort from all the guys and we are building and going in the right direction after what has been a tough couple of months for the squad.

“Hong Kong is an amazing place to play, regardless of whether you win or lose, it is an amazing place to experience as a rugby player. The crowd is unbelievable, we really try to take in every moment here because it is very special and it was the icing on the cake to come away with some silverware.

“We shouldn’t underestimate how difficult it is to play in that plate final after suffering a tough loss in the quarters of the cup competition and the way the boys not only fronted up but also managed to improve in our decision making as the tournament went on today is something we can really take forward and build on. I’m very proud of the guys and their efforts.”

England Sevens squad for Hong Kong:

Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Cameron Cowell, Richard de Carpentier, Charlie Hayter, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, Warwick Lahmert, Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins), Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (Capt), Dan Norton, James Rodwell

Plate final:
USA 0 - 19 England
Tries: Norton, Rodwell, McConnochie
Conversions: Mitchell (2)

Plate semi-final:
Kenya 0-33 England
Tries: de Carpentier, Norton, Burgess, Mitchell, Lindsay-Hague
Conversions: Mitchell (3), Cowell

Cup quarter final:
England 5-14 Australia
Try: Dan Norton

England’s pool B results:
South Africa 14-21 England Tries: Burgess, Norton (2) Conversions: Mitchell (3)
Scotland 0-19 England Tries: de Carpentier, Norton (2) Conversions: Mitchell (2)
England 12 – 12 Russia Tries: Bowen, Cowell Conversion: Cowell

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