Cardiff Blues starlet Jarrod Evans admits he can’t wait to strut his stuff against the very best English rugby has to offer – should his side make it past the group stages of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series on home turf.
The Blues will host the Group A event at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday August 15 against fellow Welsh regions Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.
After kicking off in Wales the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will then continue at Gloucester Rugby on Thursday August 20.
The only 7s competition in which all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs take part will also be staged at the Ricoh Arena and Kingston Park as the Series moves around Wales and England.
The top two from each group will then contest the Series Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday August 28 and 19-year-old fly-half Evans is looking forward to help the Blues qualify for the second year running in order to pit his wits against the best.
“You want to be testing yourself against the English sides because they put out strong teams, as we saw last year, and it just shows where you are as a player against those boys,” said Evans, who signed his first senior contract with the Blues in January.
“It's ideal just before the season starts to show what you are capable of and keep it fresh in your head going into the 15s.
“I think the tries and looseness of it is so appealing because sometimes in 15s you get caught in the kicking and stuff but a lot of people like the running, beating people and scoring tries side of it.
“I think it's getting better every year, it's always going a step further and it's good to see.”
Twelve months before rugby returns to the Olympics – in Rio – Premiership Rugby continues to lead the way when it comes to club 7s.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will be an important competition and will start a run-in to the Olympic Games when rugby will be firmly in the world spotlight.
And Blues legend Tom Shanklin, who is coaching 7s for the region, says it is a key event in the calendar.
“To get a regional sevens tournament here with a lot of publicity around it and the coverage it is going to get is great,” said former Wales international Shanklin.
“It’s a positive move and there's a chance to play down at Harlequins as well and it's a good chance for some of the youngsters to get a bit of air time on the TV and to show the public what they are capable of.”