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Croft ready for sevens start

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Having flown out to Dubai with the England Sevens squad last week, Tom Croft is looking forward to the start of the tournament on Friday. Croft, who put in a series of superb performances for Tigers in this year's Middlesex Sevens, hopes to continue that form in a national jesrey.

With the opening match against Scotland fast-approaching, Tom sent us the following update...

"We arrived in Dubai on Monday and are in full swing with training and preparation ahead of the start of the tournament on Friday. I've been to Dubai before when I played for the St George Samurai side in the invitational tournament out here last year. It's a great city with lots of building and activity going on. The players went to the local market last night and picked up a couple of bargains. There are quite a few handbags lying around for everyone's girlfriends! The weather hasn't been that sunny, but it's still warm and I shouldn't complain as we don't want it to be too hot when we're playing.

"We had our first full training session the other day. It was good to have a full run out as we'd only done a couple of gym sessions the day before. Things are coming together well. It was a hard session given the heat but hopefully everything will be in place for Friday.

"We face Scotland first and they always raise their game when they play England. The tournament is incredible over here with 32,000 people screaming for England to win and there is a fair amount of pressure on us to do that. I'm really looking forward to it finally starting and getting out on the pitch."

Keep up to date with Tom and England's progress in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens which begins on Friday 1st December at rfu.com/sevens