Jordan Collier has been named in the Ospreys squad to contest the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s for the second year in a row and the youngster says there is no better way to gain exposure to club rugby.
Though Ospreys endured a tough time of it last year, losing all three Group A contests to Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons and Scarlets, Collier impressed sufficiently to earn his Pro12 debut against Connacht in October.
The 20-year-old admits there was no better way to prepare himself for his first taste of action at the Liberty Stadium.
And he believes Ospreys’ 12-man squad, marshalled by coach Dan Griffiths, will all be keen to make the most of their game time.
“Any opportunity that you have to pull the Ospreys jersey on comes with big responsibility,” said Collier.
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“But that is something you relish and if this offers me a chance to pull on the jersey once more and have a chance to show the coaches what I can do, then that is something I need to take and make the most of.
“It was disappointing last year not to make it through, but this year we want to enjoy ourselves.
“It’s an important competition because it exposes you to club rugby. When I played in the Pro12 against Connacht the atmosphere and the game day situation was something the 7s had given me the chance to experience before, so it wasn’t so daunting.”
3.15pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Ospreys 7s
3.40pm – Newport Gwent Dragons 7s v Scarlets 7s
4:10pm – Newport Gwent Dragons 7s v Ospreys 7s
4:35pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Scarlets 7s
5:05pm – Ospreys 7s v Scarlets 7s
5:30pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Newport Gwent Dragons 7s
Wales 7s international Aled Jenkins has been named Ospreys captain for the Welsh leg at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.
Fellow international Ross Jones has also been included, while there will be six new faces in Alex Humphries, Reuben Williams, Lloyd Williams, Keelan Giles, Phil Jones and Jon Fox.
And Collier is hopeful his new-look team can improve on last year’s showing and reach finals day at Twickenham Stoop later this month.
“Regardless of what happened last year we are approaching it with the intention of winning,” he added.
“Aled Jenkins is our captain and has great experience of 7s and he is certainly not going to want to taste defeat without a fight.
“It would be great to win it and to get through to the next round.”