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Young England’ to compete in Middlesex Sevens

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This specially formed invitational side will be coached by the England Sevens coach Joe Lydon and is intended to showcase up-and-coming talent from across the country at the famous charity rugby event.

The squad will include players who have played in the recent FIRA Under-19 and U21 World Cup competitions as well as other players developing through the regional academies. It will also give the opportunity for players not currently attached to Premier Rugby clubs to stake a claim for selection in the England Sevens squad for the 2003/04 IRB World Series.

Lydon is looking forward to the event and believes that the formation of a 'Young England' side will be of great benefit to English rugby.

"The London Pride Middlesex Sevens is a great day in the rugby calendar and the invitation sides add real interest and excitement to the event," said Lydon.

"I am looking forward to working with and assessing players in both the Young England squad and other teams participating in the event ahead of finalising selection to either the England core or wider Sevens squad for the forthcoming IRB World Sevens Series."

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