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England Sevens eye redemption in Moscow
ESPN Staff
June 24, 2013

England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman is adamant his side have learnt from their agonising early exit at the 2009 Rugby World Cup in Dubai and will not make the same mistakes again when the latest showpiece kicks off in Moscow on Friday.

Vickerman is one of just two survivors, alongside fellow forward James Rodwell, from the 2009 tournament that saw England crash out in the quarter-finals along with other title-contenders New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji. Wales eventually completed a stunning triumph with victory over Argentina in the final.

"My abiding memory of 2009 is that of utter disappointment," said Vickerman. "Getting knocked out at the quarter-finals when all four top seeds fell was crushing. I've got a picture of me at home with my now wife in the crowd and there is just sheer devastation on my face.

"The guys in the changing room were shattered. That is something I am definitely going to take with me because we can have no regrets in Moscow. This is a one off, all guns blazing event and we can leave nothing behind if we are to be successful."

England, who finished a disappointing 10th in this season's HSBC Sevens World Series with just one tournament win in Wellington, kick off their pool campaign against Portugal on Friday with further clashes against Hong Kong and Argentina scheduled for the following day. Click here for full details.

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