Alex Davis signed by England 7s
Former QEH and Loughborough University student, Alex Davis, will join the England Sevens setup ahead of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.
The 21 year-old back has signed his first professional rugby contract after having been selected to play for England in the FIRA-AER European Grand Prix Series in Lyon this month.
England Sevens Head Coach, Simon Amor, said: “Alex reads the game very well and has lots of potential. He has a good rugby brain, makes good line-breaks, has the right decision making skills and is a physical player as well. He has a young training age so we can make some further improvements to his physical conditioning.
“We got involved with Alex through Loughborough University, the GB Students sevens team and then the GB7s tour with England IPF, so there has been some good development for him through the player pathway. We then took him to a FIRA-AER tournament in France recently and he performed well. There is definitely talent there and we have high hopes for him.”
Davis, who was born in Gloucester but grew up in Bristol, has played for Loughborough Students over the last four years. He ran out for London Welsh at the World Club 10s last month in Singapore and will be part of the GB Students sevens team to compete in Brazil at the World University Championships in August.
Last season he was selected to play in the Barbarians match against Combined Services in Plymouth.
Davis said: “I am really excited to be signing my first professional contract with England Sevens. It’s always been a dream of mine to play for England.
“I really enjoyed my time at both QEH and Loughborough which were ideal places for my development with brilliant support and a fantastic professional outlook. Having just graduated I was looking for my next challenge and this presents a big opportunity for me to test myself against the very best sevens players in the world.
“My family have been a massive support for me throughout my life and always encouraged me to stay grounded. I am extremely grateful and honoured to be given this chance to represent England.”