Ben Ryan eager for record crowd at Marriott London Sevens
Ahead of next weekend’s Marriott London Sevens, England head coach Ben Ryan is eager to draw as many fans down to Twickenham as possible. This year’s World Series will end in London for the first time, with New Zealand and Fiji currently fighting it out at the top for the World Series title. After 106,000 spectators attended last year’s weekend of incredible action, Ryan wants to do even better for the 2012 event which this year will be a 70s Disco themed event.
“Sadly I have no input into the theme, which is probably for the best! It’s great fun, we had 106,000 last year over the weekend and we’re hoping for 55,000 a day in two weeks time. There’s a huge amount of ex-pats who want to come down to Twickenham from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa who are based in London which makes it a great atmosphere.”
With the title set to be decided as well on the weekend, fans will get the chance to not only witness some breathtaking tries, but to see whether Fiji or New Zealand will finish as World Champions. “It’s really good value, when you consider that it’s often difficult to get tickets for matches at Twickenham at a much higher cost. You’re watching some world stars who will go on to either compete for their countries in the 15 man game or at the Olympics in four years time, with so many games back to back. People go, get the bug and are eager to come back because it’s such great fun. Give it a try and see for yourself.”
For Ryan’s England side, it has been a frustrating season, with their only tournament victory coming in Dubai back in December. It means that they sit in 4th place going into the final two rounds in Glasgow and London, eager to put in a big performance on home soil. Two positives for England however have been Dan Norton and Matt Turner, who Ryan has been very pleased with.
“Dan’s scored 33 tries already which is more than anyone else in the competition. He’s got bits to work on, mainly his defence, but he’s always improving. Matt’s done well for us too, he was outstanding in Dubai and Hong Kong. We need a bit more competition overall in the squad but we also need these guys to constantly be performing at their best.” With captain Greg Barden announcing his retirement and star Isoa Damu ruled out through injury, England will be up against it but spurred on by a passionate home crowd.
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Join Ben Ryan and the England team at the London Sevens and be part of the 70s Disco at Twickenham Stadium on 12th and 13th May 2012. Tickets are available now via www.rfu.com/london7s and are just £20 for all the weekend’s action during March. After that, weekend passes start from £30, single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets at £5 each day.