Great Britain 7s proved their strength in depth yet again this weekend as both the Royals and Lions reached the final in a superb showing at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Gdynia, Poland.
It was also another weekend of promise for Harlequins’ back Ollie Lindsay-Hague, who scored one of four tries for the GB Royals in the quarter-finals hot on the heels of his brace in the final of last week’s Exeter 7s.
The Royals proved triumphant over the Lions in the final as they emerged 26-14 winners – now the stage is set for all to be revealed at Tuesday’s Olympics squad announcement.
Lindsay-Hague is not the only prospective Olympian from Aviva Premiership Rugby to watch out for, with Newcastle Falcon Marcus Watson also well in the mix.
And with rugby 7s set for the Olympics for the first time since 1924, you don’t have to travel to Rio to be part of the feel-good factor as the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series starts this Friday at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series continues in Exeter on 23 July, Northampton on 29 July and Newcastle on 30 July with two teams from each Group advancing to the Series Final at the Ricoh Arena on 7 August
After both GB teams progressed comfortably through Saturday’s pool stages, the Royals made light work of Italy and qualified for the final with a 22-0 semi-final win over fellow Olympians Spain.
Tries from James Rodwell, Alex Davis, Scott Riddell and Jamie Farndale helped the Royals to reach a second successive final.
The Lions meanwhile faced a much stiffer route with Georgia pushing them all the way in their quarter-final before succumbing to a 12-0 defeat as Dan Norton and Morgan Williams crossed.
Then in the second semi-final, Cameron Cowell – once of London Irish – struck an extra-time penalty to secure an all-British final after the Lions and Russia were locked at 14-14 when the final whistle blew.
Sam Cross’ early try had put the Lions in front before a Vladimir Ostroushko double put the Russians in control but Norton popped up late on to level and send the game into extra time, where Cowell struck.
In the all-British final, Tom Bowen scored twice in the first half to give the Royals the upper-hand but Cowell’s searing break from his own half reduced the deficit to 12-7.
The Lions then took the lead as Norton stepped clear and a second successful conversion from Cowell put them 14-12 in front.
But two late tries completed a perfect weekend for the Royals’ squad as first Warwick Lahmert went over before a Luke Treharne interception added some extra gloss to the 26-14 scoreline.
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