Sevens deal for Vickerman
Falcons centre signs two-year deal
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: 17/05/11 8:22am
Vickerman: Sevens contract
England Sevens coach Ben Ryan has agreed a deal to sign Newcastle Falcons centre Rob Vickerman on a full-time deal.
Vickerman, who previously played for Leeds, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal to focus solely on Sevens.
The 25-year-old has played one and off for the Sevens team since 2005 and won the titles in Wellington and London two years ago.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Leeds and Newcastle and am proud about making 50 Aviva Premiership appearances, but the chance to focus on playing in a top England Sevens team is too good to miss."
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And he is now relishing the chance to become the latest full-time member of the squad.
Vickerman said: "The opportunity to be a full-time sevens player fills me with excitement and it means I can fully commit to the HSBC Sevens World Series and spend all year developing my skills and fitness purely for sevens.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Leeds and Newcastle and am proud about making 50 Aviva Premiership appearances, but the chance to focus on playing in a top England Sevens team is too good to miss.
"I back sevens to develop into a truly global game and inclusion in the Olympics from 2016 will see the sport rocket. I want to be part of that and part of a consistently successful England team driving the standards."
Head coach Ryan added: "Rob was my England Sevens player of the season in 2009 and provided the glue that allowed everyone else to operate.
"His game sense, professionalism, skills and work ethic make him the perfect first signing for next year's squad."
You can watch England Sevens in action and join the beach party on May 21 and 22 at Twickenham Stadium in the Emirates Airline London Sevens, the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Tickets are available from £15 via rfu.com