Sam Edgerley is only 20, but is confident that England can go one better than their defeat to New Zealand at the Glasgow Sevens earlier this week.
Sevens Rugby has hit Twickenham today and one of England’s youngest stars is expecting the team to come away with the top prize.
Sam Edgerley is only 20, but is confident that England can go one better than their final defeat to New Zealand at the Glasgow Sevens earlier this week.
The former London Irish player is excited at the prospect of taking home silverware from the Marriott London Sevens which continues until tomorrow.
Sam said: “We’re looking to go one step better this weekend; we want to win the tournament, so we’re definitely going for the win.”
England will play Samoa, USA and France, with their first game against their Channel rivals but Samoa are England’s greatest threat according to Sam.
“They’re obviously a very big strong side, they’re a great Sevens nation so that will be a very tough game,” he said.
Samoa were the winners of the Plate at the Glasgow Sevens last weekend and will seek to disrupt England’s plan for glory.
Sam highlighted the biggest teams in the tournament would be Fiji, Australia and returning champions South Africa.
England, meanwhile, have IRB Player of the Season Nominee Matthew Turner, who scored eight tries in Glasgow, leaving him two short of the leading try scorer Dan Norton.
Sam played Sevens while at Wellington College and signed a contract with London Irish upon leaving school, but he found that Sevens was where he wanted to play.
With the change in codes, Sam found a significant change in the demands on his body.
“I was a lot heavier when I played Fifteens and not Sevens, I’ve had to strip off about 8kg of weight and I’m able to run longer and work on endurance.”
He won the Middlesex Sevens player of the tournament last July which prompted his inclusion to the England side.
Sam made his debut at the Tokoyo leg of the IRB World Sevens Series back in late March, replacing Isoa Damudamu, against Japan.
The Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 are a big aim for Sam as Great Britain will be the competing team, not just England, and he wants to be involved.
The Marriott London Sevens continue tomorrow at Twickenham while the theme of the event is 70s disco.
Last year’s event set a world record with an attendance of 100,00 and as many Sevens fans are expected over the two days.