London Irish Chief Executive Bob Casey insists his side’s academy will continue to bear fruit at this year’s Singha Premiership 7s series.
Having won the Premiership Rugby 7s series back in 2012, with first-team stars like Shane Geraghty and Jonathan Joseph as part of the squad, London Irish fell at the group stage in 2013 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2014 – where they lost 26-10 to Harlequins.
This time around they travel to Kingsholm on August 20 to take on Gloucester Rugby, Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs.
The tournament has traditionally been a proving ground for young talent to put their hand up for first-team selection and this year will be no different, with plenty of talented tyros set to strut their stuff.
And Casey admits he cannot wait to see what the next generation of stars can do to put their hand up for selection come the start of the XV-a-side season.
“We put a lot of emphasis on our young guys getting time during the Sevens tournament,” he said.
“Nick Kennedy, Dec Danaher and Paul Hodgson did a tremendous job last year and we got to the final with mostly an academy side.
“It’s a great opportunity for our coaches and players and we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s absolutely a chance for the players to get themselves on the coaches’ radar. It’s a clean slate for everyone with the new coaching set-up.
“So the coaches will be down at Kingsholm and it’s a great opportunity for the players to stake a claim.”
With fixtures taking place at five different grounds throughout August, this is a great way to enjoy some thrilling, high octane rugby with friends and family.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series is the only competition this season where you will see the 12 Premiership Rugby clubs taking on the four Welsh Regions.
And while Irish made it to the quarters last year it was Gloucester Rugby who claimed the overall title, their second in a row.