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Loughborough Student Callum to join England Sevens squad

Loughborough Students Rugby winger Callum Wilson is the latest signing made by England Sevens ahead of the 2013-14 season.

The 22 year-old trained with England last season, appeared for their development side in Dubai last December and will join the squad this summer.

The winger’s blend of pace and physicality is his trademark and Callum is looking forward to joining the full-time ranks after completing his University degree in Information Management and Business Studies.

Speaking to the RFU Callum said:

“This is my first professional contract and I’m really excited about it but at the same time I know this is where the hard work really kicks in.

“I’ve taken an unconventional route into rugby rather than coming up through the academy system getting lots of games under my belt and that’s taught me some good lessons.

“Coming to Loughborough was a huge part of getting me to where I am now in giving a great grounding and driving up standards.”

Callum is the second Loughborough player to be signed, following the announcement that former student, Cornish Pirates flanker Phil Burgess, is also to be part of the England Sevens set up.

Speaking to the RFU Phil Burgess said:

“I’ve loved being at the Pirates and in Cornwall and I owe them a great deal for giving me a chance straight out of university. It will be hard to leave 15s but for me and the way I play I believe I’ll be suited to switching to sevens full-time.”

David Morris, Head Coach of Loughborough Students Rugby said:

“I am delighted for Callum and Phil, two of the nicest young men I’ve had the pleasure of coaching and working with.

“With Callum going into England Sevens after completing his studies, he replicates the achievements of our club captain from last season, Russell Weir, who went straight into the Scotland Sevens squad.

“Not only are the signings a great reflection on the players themselves, but also the development environment that Loughborough Students Rugby can offer.”