The rugby 7s competition gets underway later today at the Commonwealth Youth Games with the opening group matches taking place in the newly refurbished ‘Bowl’ stadium in the Isle of Man’s capital Douglas
The first match pitches the current hosts – Isle of Man - against Scotland; the host nation of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 at 4.20pm local time (GMT+1), with the rest of Group A comprising Canada and Australia.
England will play in group B alongside Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka and the powerful South African team before the tournament moves to knock out rounds on Sunday.
All teams are guaranteed a quarter-final place but a higher position in the group will be crucial for avoiding tougher opposition later on.
England Coach Ben Ryan said: “It’s fantastic for these lads to be here enjoying a multi-sport event.
“Experience counts for a lot and this tournament will stand us in good stead for future Commonwealth Games and Olympics.”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Team Manager Rudolph Jack said: “At this level there is no place to hide.
“To play South Africa and England, two of the biggest names in world rugby, will be quite an experience and Sri Lanka cannot be taken lightly.
“I’m confident in my players, and I know we’ll give a good account of ourselves.
“The main thing for me is that the boys enjoy and learn something from the competition which will serve them well in the future.”
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