Samurai assembles 'dream team' for Middlesex Sevens

Samurai assembles 'dream team' for Middlesex Sevens

ULR Samurai International has named a strong all-star side for the next weekend’s Middlesex Sevens. As previously reported by UR7s, former England teammates Ben Gollings and Simon Amor are reunited in a squad that will be directed by former England Sevens coaches Mike Friday and Simon Amor. In a major coup for the tournament, Manager Terry Sands has been able to bring Kenyan stars Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange as well as South Africa IRB World Sevens Series winners Ryno Benjamin, Marius Schoeman, and Chase Minnaar. Australian Sevens internationals Willy Bishop and the experienced Tim Walsh are flying in to add further stardust to the side.

ULR Samurai International has named a strong all-star side for the next weekend’s Middlesex Sevens.

As previously reported by UR7s, former England teammates Ben Gollings and Simon Amor are reunited in a squad that will be directed by former England Sevens coaches Mike Friday and Simon Amor.

In a major coup for the tournament, Manager Terry Sands has been able to bring in Kenyan stars Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange as well as South Africa IRB World Sevens Series winners Ryno Benjamin, Marius Schoeman, and Chase Minnaar. Australian Sevens internationals Willy Bishop and the experienced Tim Walsh are flying in to add further stardust to the side.

Talented youngster Julien Palmer, who was part of the Samurai side that won in Manchester, is also included and will be out to show why Gordon Tietjens has added him to the New Zealand Sevens training squad. Another youngster in the side is the Scottish Michael Fedo. England Sevens veteran Tony Roques, currently coaching at Launceston, is also included in one of Samurai’s most exciting squads ever assembled.

Lydon, now Head of Rugby, Performance & Development at the Welsh Rugby Union, is looking forward to a return to Twickenham.

“The Middlesex 7s is always a great day in the rugby calendar and I am excited to join up with Mike, Simon and what is developing into a world class squad of players under the world famous ULR Samurai banner.

“We may have limited time to prepare the squad assembled from around the world but I’m confident that with the quality of players in a squad that includes three of this year’s IRB 7s Series winning South Africans, the Samurai can play the type of 7s rugby that will put a smile on the faces of the thousands of fans who will attend the Twickenham tournament.”

The ULR Samurai side will play in honour of Colin Hillman, the former Welsh 7s coach who died last month from cancer.

“Colin was a wonderful character and extremely passionate about all aspects of rugby, especially 7s. This is a great way of paying tribute to him and should we be lucky enough to win the tournament we will be donating money to the charity set up in his name,” said Lydon.

Samurai face Northampton Saints in the first round.

Samurai Squad: Tony Roques, Ben Gollings, Simon Amor, Michael Fedo, Chase Minnaar, Marius Schoeman, Ryno Benjamin, Tim Walsh, Willy Bishop, Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange.