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England captain Tom Mitchell returns for Dubai Sevens

England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell will make his return to competition at the Dubai leg of the HSBC World Series.

The World Player of the Year nominee missed the opening leg on the Gold Coast, where England finished third, with a foot injury he sustained at the Commonwealth Games.

Simon Amor’s side will take on USA, Kenya and Australia in a tough opening day of the tournament.

“Tom’s a great player, and was rightfully nominated for the World Player of the Year last season, so to have him back in training has been a massive boost,” Amor said.

“It is also good to have Jeff Williams back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury that saw him miss a large part of last season. Jeff will add pace, power and energy to our team.”

“It’s a physically challenging pool, but also an exciting one, it’ll be very tough, and I imagine the games will be very close. But our focus is on that first game against USA – a side who have improved hugely – and we want to take a step forward from Gold Coast ”

England Sevens: Dan Bibby, Sam Blanchet, Tom Bowen, John Brake, Phil Burgess, Alex Gray, Charlie Hayter, Christian Lewis-Pratt, Tom Mitchell (Capt.), Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Jeff Williams.

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