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De Kock: Singha Premiership 7s key for youngsters this year

Without the LV= Cup on the agenda this year, Saracens scrum-half Neil de Kock insists the coaching staff will be paying special attention to how the next generation of talent fare in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series.

While the Sarries squad is full to the brim with international talent you hardly have to dig deep for the impact their youngsters made in their Aviva Premiership-winning campaign last year.
 
A whirlwind season ended with Maro Itoje called up to England’s World Cup training camp, while young backs such as Nick Tompkins, Ben Spencer and Ben Ransom all played their part in bringing both the Aviva A League and LV= Cup back to Allianz Park too.

The LV= Cup will not feature this year as the World Cup makes for a congested schedule.
 
But there is one domestic title that Sarries need to win back, as they look to end a five-year drought this summer after winning the Premiership’s inaugural 7s series back in 2010.

Click here for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s fixture list
 
And de Kock is certain that the Singha 7s will unearth a few stars who can go on to play roles in the story of Sarries’ 2015/16 season.

“The 7s is a great chance for those younger players to come in and put their hands up and show that they are ready,” he said.

“Given that there is no LV= Cup, these young guys could be coming in for Premiership games and even games in Europe.

“That is where they are going to get their shot so the every opportunity they do get, they need to take.

“We have seen it with Maro Itoje, we have seen it with Nick Tompkins, these guys are going to come in and take their chances.”
 
This year they travel to the Ricoh Arena on August 21 to battle it out with Wasps, Harlequins and Northampton Saints in Group C.
 
And De Kock in particular will be looking over his shoulder amid the emergence of fellow scrum-half Spencer, the 22-year-old who kicked Saracens to glory in the LV= Cup Final.

He added: “These are the guys that set the example and there’s about a dozen more of them waiting in the wings. It makes it tough on us old guys but it’s great for the competition at Sarries.”

Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale. For full details see premiershiprugby.com/7s
 

 

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