Simon Amor, the England attack coach, has confirmed that he will not be involved with the men's Great Britain Sevens side at next year's Olympics in Tokyo.
Amor became head coach of the men's England Sevens side in 2013 and later guided Great Britain to a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Amor then left his England Sevens role in January this year to join Eddie Jones coaching staff, having previously been confirmed as the GB head coach for Tokyo 2020.
"I'm here with England," Amor responded when asked if he would be in Japan next year for the delayed Olympics. "I'm focussing 100 per cent on England here. That's my full focus to help this team become the best it can be. It's an incredibly exciting role and I feel incredibly privileged to be in this role, to help this team and work under a master coach in Eddie Jones, learning every single day. I'm 100 per cent focussed on this."
England's second mini camp at The Lensbury in London concludes on Saturday, with 26 players called up by Jones, plus a further seven for reconditioning - including props Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola.
Describing the reconditioning process Amor said: "It's looking at players who we feel can benefit from a specific individualised program to take them to the next level and keep on progressing towards international rugby. It's as simple as that."
Two of the current squad's younger players, Ollie Lawrence and Tom de Glanville, were both born in 1999 and have been called up for the first time. Lawrence, the Worcester centre, is viewed as a contender to replace the injured Manu Tuilagi, while De Glanville, the Bath back, is the son of former England centre Phil de Glanville.
"Ollie has a really good attacking and strong running game. He's a good physical player and we're looking to see that transfer into our camp here," Amor said. "Tom has shown some really good examples of some wonderful counter-attacking. He's a good reader of the game. He's a fast player. There are definitely some traits [of his father] but Tom is very much his own man, and is carving out his own career and his own path. I've been impressed by the maturity of him and his inner drive."
Joe Marchant is another midfield candidate, called up for both mini camps so far following his stint in New Zealand with the Blues, with both the player and Amor feeling that Marchant's time in Super Rugby was worthwhile.
"I've had quite a lot of conversations with Joe since he got back and a few while he was out there, trying to understand what he had learnt, for my learnings as well. Undoubtedly he picked up an awful lot from that environment and from working with those types of players. He definitely feels, and we are seeing, definite improvements to his game as a result. The challenge now is how does that lead to taking a step forward in the Premiership and in Test match rugby. That's his focus going forward - how does he transfer those learnings, put them into place and attack this camp, and then drive that forward into Test rugby."
Amor added that he paid close attention over the summer to how reinforced breakdown interpretations by referees had led to a faster game in Super Rugby Aotearoa in New Zealand, something that England are now looking to feed into their own attacking structures.
"You could see the potential for a faster game. What does that do? It creates more opportunities for the attacking game. If you can get that quick ball, how can you think quickly and how can you attack quickly? That becomes how we train," Amor said.
"It’s a great opportunity for our outside backs, our inside back and our team as a whole to be more instinctive. Our belief has always been to play flat and fast and it’s exciting where the game could go over the next few years."