Commonwealth Games 2018: Saracens back Mike Ellery in England men’s rugby sevens squad

Mike Ellery in action for Saracens earlier in the season (pic: David Davies/PA)

Mike Ellery in action for Saracens earlier in the season (pic: David Davies/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Wing will be part of 12-man squad taking part in competition in Gold Coast

Saracens wing Mike Ellery has been named in the England men’s rugby sevens squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The squad consists of 12 players, as well as one travelling reserve.

England’s men finished fifth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Tom Mitchell will captain the men’s side and will be joined by his teammates from Glasgow 2014 including Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Dan Norton, Ellery, Charlie Hayter and James Rodwell.

World-record try scorer Norton will make his third appearance in a Team England jersey alongside England Sevens’ most capped player Rodwell, while Ellery is one of four players who will play his second tournament for Team England.

Alex Davis, who was initially selected as part of the Rio 2016 Team GB squad but withdrew because of injury, will make his Commonwealth Games debut in Australia.

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The 2017 England Sevens Player of the Year Richard de Carpentier is also included in the squad along Ethan Waddleton and Harry Glover, while Charlie Hayter will play the role of 13th man.

The men’s team have been drawn in Pool B alongside hosts Australia, Samoa and Jamaica.

Men’s head coach Simon Amor said: “We’ve been fortunate enough to have six World Series tournaments in which to work the guys, and for them really to fight for these spots.

“What’s been most pleasing has not only been our progress in terms of how we’re looking to play and change our style of game, but also to get to this point half way through the year with pretty much everyone fit to pick from barring Tom Bowen.

“This has been great for the selection but has created a real challenge for me as a coach to pick a final twelve.”