Dan Norton is a global star on the HSBC Sevens World Series and won the 2012/13 Top Try Scorer award, breaking the English single-season record in the process with a remarkable 52 tries.
- Date of Birth:
- 22nd March 1988
- Current Team:
- England Sevens
- Previous Teams:
- Bristol Rugby (2009-2011), Gloucester Rugby (2007-2009)
- England Sevens, England U20s
Dan was subsequently named HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year for 2013 – an award voted for by his team mates – as well as being nominated for IRB World Sevens Player of the Year.
Arguably the quickest player on the circuit, Dan’s highlights during the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series included scoring his 100th career try for England against Scotland in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and playing a key role as England won the Wellington title.
Dan was also in deadly form at the Sevens World Cup in Moscow in June 2013, scoring five tries as England battled through wet conditions to reach the final of tournament where they lost to New Zealand.
Second on the all-time list of England try scorers, Dan is a core-contracted Sevens player to the RFU, having first made his name at Hartpury College where his dynamic performances on the wing and at fullback earned him a senior contract with Gloucester from 2007 to 2009.
During this time he helped England U20s to a Six Nations Grand Slam title in 2008, and Dan was instrumental in helping Moseley (on loan from Gloucester) win the EDF National Trophy in 2009, scoring a try against Leeds in the final at Twickenham.
Dan joined Bristol on a two-year contract from 2009-2011 and was a regular try-scorer as the club reached the Championship play-off final in 2010, going on to win the British & Irish Cup in 2011.
Dan scored 37 tries in the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series – second only to England team-mate and fellow James Grant client Mat Turner with 38.
Dan is an ambassador for Mizuno Rugby, and his personal best time for the 40m is 4.69 seconds.
Dan recently signed a two-year contract extension with the RFU until June 2015 that will ensure he continues to play a key role for England as the Key Facts of Sevens continues to develop with the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon.