James Rodwell insists England will have no fear as they look to bring an end to New Zealand’s perfect rugby sevens record at the Commonwealth Games.
Rugby’s shortened form will make it’s Olympics debut at Rio 2016 but it has been a regular fixture on the Commonwealth stage for some years, with Glasgow it’s fifth appearance.
During that time the Kiwis have not lost a single match, although Rodwell insists that fact can change with the competition getting underway on Saturday.
Back in May England triumphed over New Zealand 15-12 at the London World Sevens Series.
And while Rodwell and England will first have to navigate their way past Pool D opponents Sri Lanka, Uganda and Australia, Rodwell insists they are ready to take on the Kiwis in the latter stages.
“There’s no fear factor there for us, I enjoy playing against New Zealand,” said Rodwell, who has appeared in more than 70 World Series events. “They’re the team to beat as they have not lost a game in Commonwealth history.
“We have a strong belief we have a good squad up here in Glasgow and we’re ready to do something special. The win over New Zealand in London definitely gave us a boost.
“We’ve had some good tussles with them this season and a couple of victories, which gives us the belief that if we play to our potential, we can give anyone a really good run for their money and come out on top.”
The competition takes place at Ibrox Stadium with New Zealand opening proceedings against Canada in Pool A – a group that also includes hosts Scotland.
England start their campaign against Sri Lanka while Wales take on Malaysia first up in Pool C.
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