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Bees send two to Commonwealth Games in Delhi

STRUGGLING Birmingham and Solihull might be propping up the Championship table at the moment - but that hasn’t stopped them having two players selected for England at this month’s Commonwealth Games.

Simon Hunt

STRUGGLING Birmingham and Solihull might be propping up the Championship table at the moment - but that hasn’t stopped them having two players selected for England at this month’s Commonwealth Games.

Winger Simon Hunt and scrum half John Brake have both been called into the England Sevens squad.

Hunt, who has played at Guinness Premiership level with London Irish and also in the Magners League for Newport Gwent Dragons has been a regular in the England Sevens set-up since 2001.

Brake, by contrast, is a newcomer to the international Sevens scene and has arrived at Bees from top flight Northampton Saints where he is a product of their academy system.

The pair travel to Delhi on Saturday accompanied by Bees Director of Rugby Russell Earnshaw who is also assistant to head coach Ben Ryan.

Hopes are high that the pair can return with medals, although the competition will be tough, especially as reigning champions New Zealand have struck gold on all three occasions rugby sevens has been staged since their introduction to the games.

England won silver medals at the previous Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and are expected to go close this time and have been training throughout the summer in preparation for both Delhi and the IRB Sevens World Series which take place during December in Dubai.

Bees’ backs coach Eugene Martin admitted: “We will obviously miss them while they’re away. I don’t expect them to be available for the games against Rotherham, Esher and possibly Doncaster as well - but then there’s no better honour than representing your country”.

 

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