After back-to-back finals appearances in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series, Leicester Tigers missed out last year – but Ben White is desperate to put that right this season.
The Tigers’ academy scrum-half will be part of the Leicester squad for the Kingston Park round of the tournament in Newcastle on Saturday – the last of the qualifying groups.
Despite having only turned 18 in May, White will offer some first-team experience to the Tigers squad, having become the youngest Aviva Premiership Rugby player in the club’s history last season.
He came off the bench against Harlequins back in October and is relishing the chance to represent the Tigers once more.
He said: “The mood around Leicester at the minute is very positive and it will be great to get a run-out and hopefully get a good couple of wins to kick-start the season.
“It is always a privilege to pull on the Leicester Tigers’ shirt, we always make sure to give it everything.
“There’s a lot of youngsters in the 7s squad and we’re all really excited. We’re all looking forward to the weekend and to see what we can do.
“I played in the Singha 7s last year and it is just another year of experience for me, another chance to get more experience.
“Last year we got a little bit caught up in it and did not do as well as we could have done, but we have worked really hard on a few things and hopefully we will be up there.”
Leicester’s squad is being coached up by former Tigers’ back-row Brett Deacon while White revealed that Geordan Murphy and Anthony Allen have also been working with the side.
And having put in the hard yards in preparation for the new season, White is looking forward to playing some competitive rugby at last.
“We have been in pre-season for three or four weeks now and it will be good to get out there and get some games under our belt before the season starts,” he added.
“The 7s is really good, there is such a high skill component in the game and it shows you what you need to work on, if you are playing well or if you are working hard enough.
“7s is the perfect way to test your skills and put them under pressure, it is really good to see where you are for the season ahead.
“We want to see how far we can go, we are all working really hard to ensure we do as well as possible, get a few wins under our belt and give ourselves a confidence boost before the XVs season starts.
“Brett [Deacon] is excellent with the 7s as he is in everything that he does, we’ve also had Geordan Murphy and Anthony Allen working with us too, so we are feeling particularly prepared.”
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s continues on Friday at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton and Saturday at Kingston Park, Newcastle with the Series Finals at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets