Tom Mitchell in action for the England Rugby 7s [Getty]
The football World Cup team and their WAGs may be dominating headlines as they head to Russia this summer – but there is one sporting event coming to London that is bound to get the adrenaline pumping.
The World Rugby Sevens Series returns to Twickenham on 2 June for a weekend of live music, gourmet street food and, of course, rugby.
With 100,000 tickets available for the two days and teams from all over the globe landing in the UK capital with the intention of winning, it’s bound to be incredible.
OK! Online caught up with England’s captain Tom Mitchell to discuss why the tournament is a must-see for everyone.
Tom Mitchell puts members of the media through their paces ahead of the tournament [NC]
It’s NOT just for rugby fans
Tom explains: “It’s an awesome attraction for people who love rugby, love sevens but also for anyone who, not only want an exciting spectacle, but an exciting weekend out.
“A testament to that is quite a few family members and friends are dedicated fans of mine, they’re not massive fans of sevens, but they love it”, he says.
The England captain – who won a Bronze medal with England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – goes on to say there’s a “massive buzz, both for rugby fans and those new to the game”.
Twickenham Stadium will see 100,000 fans over the weekend [Getty]
The venue is breathtaking
Easily accessible by train from Central London, Twickenham has been the home of English rugby for over a century.
Queen Elizabeth announces UK visit from Queen Letizia
WhatsApp tips: How to mute group notifications
Katie Price celebrates birthday with new beau Kris Boyson
Leigh-Anne Pinnock secret twin sister: Little Mix star’s sibling is a Love Island reserve
Charity Dingle secret son: Ataxic Cerebral Palsy explained as Ryan Stocks joins Emmerdale
The truth behind Loose Women’s Linda Robson’s weight loss
“It’s one of the best places to watch sport or any event,” Tom says.
“When you get 50 odd thousand people sitting in an amazing stadium like this, it generates an amazing bit of noise.”
England line up against South Africa during the 2018 Commonwealth Games [Getty]
England are pretty good
England did the entire country proud during the 2018 Commonwealth Games with both the mens and womens teams achieving a Bronze medal.
Tom explains it’s down to the “huge amounts of work” being put in, “not just this year, but in previous years as well”.
The England skipper also reveals that the men and women’s teams work closely together, including joint training camps in Dubai.
The England women’s team celebrate winning Bronze in Australia [Getty]
The action is non-stop
Sevens adopts a very different playing style to rugby union – which sees 15 vs 15 – and the excitement benefits because of it.
“Hopefully there’s a try being scored every minute”, Tom says.
“The games are on-and-off so one minute you’re watching England vs USA, and the next it’s Ireland vs Argentina”.
The England team huddle during the 2018 Commonwealth Games [Getty]
It’s 14 athletes in shorts
Need we say more?
The HSBC London Sevens takes place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June.
Get your tickets here.