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Tasman's Mark Bright lines up for England Sevens

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Lynn McConnell     22 Jul 2014     Getty Images

Former Tasman representative Mark Bright has been included in England's team for the Games Sevens.

England coach Simon Amor said of Bright, who captains London Scottish in England club rugby: "I know from my days at London Scottish he is an exceptionally physical ball carrier and will add a real presence to our breakdown area while complementing the skill sets of the other players in our squad.

"Mark has played a lot on the invitational sevens circuit. Sevens is a very natural game for him and I am confident he will pick up our style of attack and defence quickly."

England Sevens captain Tom Mitchell has made no bones about how he sees the event.

In spite of the fact England finished fourth in the IRB Sevens World Series this year, he said England were out to stop New Zealand's domination of the Commonwealth Games Sevens.

"New Zealand have been really consistent in both the series and the Commonwealth Games and they are going to do well again, I am sure," he told the Daily Express.

The English have been working hard for two months since the end of the Sevens circuit and are expecting massive support during the tournament.

"It is almost a home tournament for us so we are hoping that lots of people will be getting up to Glasgow for two days.

"It's a huge event and we are excited to be part of it.

"If we can take that excitement one stage further it would be nothing short of a dream to end up with a medal.

"The Games is a much bigger event than when we normally play," he said.

Meanwhile, Australia's Liam Gill rates knocking off New Zealand at the Games as hard as trying to regain the Bledisloe Cup in the 15-man game.

He told AAP that while winning silver at Delhi in 2010 was 'amazing', to claim the gold would be huge.

"It compares to the greatest honours of the game," he said.