Ellery back with England sevens squad
PENRITH-born Mike Ellery has returned to the England squad for the HSBC Sydney Sevens which takes place next weekend.
The 28-year-old has been released by his Aviva Premiership club, Saracens, to fly to Sydney for the third leg of this season’s competition.
Currently fourth in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, England have been drawn in Pool C with Spain, Papua New Guinea and current world champions South Africa.
Ellery has previously played for England Sevens in the World Series as well as representing Team England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Head coach Simon Amor said: “As such a powerful and fast player, Mike brings a real physical edge to the team and is a great attribute. It has been a good three years since he last played sevens but his performance in training has been tremendous and we are thankful to Saracens for releasing Mike for this opportunity.”
Ellery began his rugby career at Penrith and played for Darlington Mowden Park, Westoe and Newcastle Falcons Academy before joining then Championships side Moseley in 2010.
He then signed an England Sevens contract and played in the HSBC Sevens World Series in 2013, travelling to Hong Kong, Japan, Glasgow, Gold Coast and Dubai last year.
He also helped England to the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens final in Moscow.
Due to his strength, speed and skills, the Saracens coaching team moved Mike from No. 8, where he played with Moseley, to the wing. He has continued to provide his hallmark pace to play an important part in the team’s backline and has made more than 40 appearances for the club.
l England’s Pool C fixtures in Sydney, all of which are live on Sky Sports Action, are v. Spain on Friday, 26th January; v. Papua New Guinea on Saturday, 27th; and v. South Africa on Saturday, 27th.