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England should get ready for Rundle - says coach.

Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE Wailers coach Andy Howells believes his players have more than just the GB7s Series to play for in North Wales today.

Newcastle go into the final leg of the competition as one of five contenders separated by two points. Dan Rundle is this series' top tryscorer, and Howells thinks it is only a matter of time before the winger wins international recognition.

"We've got some really good lads who can play at a higher level," he said.

"If Rundle doesn't get picked up now by the England Sevens side, I'd be very surprised.

"I've known him since he was with me at Westoe as a kid. From there he went off to Tynedale, and now he plays for Coventry.

"He's a South Shields lad who is going to do really well for himself.

"I talk to Simon (Amor, England's coach) on a regular basis and England are certainly aware of him.

"He always asks us to keep an eye on things and push people on.

"It's a really good competition, one everybody wants to play in.

"We've had some big names play for this team - players like Joel Hodgson, Tim Visser, and Ollie Phillips have all been with the Wailers in the past, so it shows it's a good grounding for them." Rundle has 15 tries in this season's competition, and as a veteran of the previous two, he is the alltime leading scorer too.

With England, Scotland and Wales all represented in the series, his performances will certainly not have gone unnoticed.

Rugby Sevens will be included at next summer's Olympics.

Samurai go into the Colwyn Bay tournament top of the group, but Newcastle lead the chasing back of Apache, Co-optimists and Ireland on points difference. "It's going to be a big competition in South Wales," said Howells.

"We started badly last week and grew into it.

"We're taking a full squad and we've got a lot of young players involved this week, and Grant Connon from Darlington Mowden Park is coming in."

NEWCASTLE SQUAD: Showering, Gentles, Knox, Tincknell, Fowles/Nakove, Jones, Cochrane, Knowles, Connon, Akinluyi, Rundle, O'Mera, Randle, Clark | The British and Irish Lions board |have appointmented Charlie McEwen as chief operating officer.

McEwen, previously the director of sales and marketing, will be responsible for business requirements of the Lions and overseeing team and tour structure. The Lions are next in action when they travel to New Zealand in 2017. McEwen's elevation comes after it was announced last month that Gerard Carmody, currently at the Irish Rugby Football Union, would be director of operations - on the ground - for the 2017 tour.

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Andy Howells (left) has tipped Dan Rundle (above) for England honours

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jun 13, 2015
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