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Cardiff Blues can’t wait for Friday’s Singha 7s

Owen Jenkins has not looked back since joining up with the Wales 7s and he’s intent on spreading the word in a Cardiff Blues shirt when the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series comes to town on July 22.

The Welsh leg of the competition is now in its third year but Newport Gwent Dragons are the example to follow after hoisting the trophy aloft at the Series Final in 2015.

But the Blues will be looking to redress the balance and have recruited plenty of 7s experience to their ranks for the competition.

Jenkins, who has appeared a handful of times for the Blues in the Pro12, moved over to the Wales 7s programme on a permanent basis after signing a one-year contract with the WRU.

And the 22-year-old – son of former Wales hooker Garin – believes a successful Singha 7s campaign can be the springboard ahead of a successful season.

“For the foreseeable future I am committed to 7s, I am enjoying the sevens environment and playing 7s. I am not desperate to get into 15s,” said Jenkins, who will play alongside Wales 7s teammates Ben Roach and Adam Thomas for the Blues.

“7s is so challenging, everyone in the squad is a key player – all 12 of you have to chip in and there is more space.

“It is more exciting and you have to push yourself to the limits every training session and every game.

“That’s what I enjoy doing and it benefits me as a player and as a person.

“A lot of the Premiership boys played in the Singha 7s in their younger years and it just shows that it is a platform for boys who want to be part of the highest-level.

“It is a definite stepping stone to impress your clubs and get a shout in at the start of the season.”

The code of 7s rugby is soon to be thrust right into the centre of the public’s attention as the sport makes its debut at the Olympic Games in Rio.

And Jenkins, who was overlooked for a spot in head coach Simon Amor’s initial GB squad, is excited to see his Welsh counterparts making a positive impact.

The GB Royals, one of two teams entered by GB, won the Exeter 7s earlier in July as they continue their preparations for Brazil where they have been drawn against New Zealand, Kenya and Japan in the pool stage.

“I caught a good amount of the Exeter 7s and it was good to see Luke Treharne captain them to the title,” Jenkins added.

“That is definitely going to benefit him when it comes to the selection and Luke Morgan was on fire the first day, and it was great to see Simon Amor talking them up on the TV too.

“Sam Cross too has been Mr Consistent, he has been playing well and just keeping at the level he has been at all year.

“They are all playing really well and it would be great for the Wales 7s side if they do make it to the Olympics, having that experience among us will be invaluable and benefit our team massively.

“It is definitely a reflection of the talent within Wales 7s, it shows we have the individual ability and when we all come together next season it is going to benefit us.”

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 22 July at Cardiff Arms Park with the Finals at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets
 

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