Former Maidenhead player Harris included in GB's Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics

Maidenhead RFC have congratulated former player Ben Harris after he was included in Great Britain's Rugby Sevens squad for the Tokyo Olympics.

Harris, who started his career at Maids and now plays for Saracens, will be looking to help Team GB replicate or better their silver medal success at Rio in 2016.

The men's squad is captained by Tom Mitchell and includes several players who won silver five years ago, including Dan Norton, the all-time leader scorer in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

All the matches will take place at the Tokyo Stadium with the men's competition getting underway from July 26, and the women's tournament starting on July 29.

Maidenhead RFC tweeted this week: “Congratulations to our very own Ben Harris on making the GB 7s team for the Tokyo Olympics. We are all so proud of you Ben.”

The GB squad travelled to LA this week for the 'Quest for Gold Sevens', their final preparation event ahead of the Games.

Commenting on selection, Team GB Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Mark England, said: “Rugby sevens made its memorable debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with both men’s and women’s teams inspiring fans across the globe with the fast pace and excitement that this sport has to offer. The men’s team coming home with a silver medal was a superb achievement.

“There is a huge amount of experience across both of these squads, not only from Rio 2016 but from many years of competitive rugby sevens which will stand these athletes in great stead heading into Tokyo. We’d like to congratulate everyone on their selection and look forward to seeing sevens in action at the Tokyo Stadium this summer.”

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