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Jack Clifford: Singha Premiership Rugby 7s is the perfect stepping stone

There is no better platform for aspiring young players to showcase their talent than the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series, according to former England Sevens player Jack Clifford.

The versatile Harlequins back-rower featured for England in the IRB World Sevens Series in 2014, after impressing in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series the previous year.

Clifford, 23, is now in Australia with the England first XV this summer, but stressed the importance of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series in his career development.

“It’s a good chance for young players. I remember I used it as something to look forward to during the summer and a chance to impress those watching – it is a great tournament,” said the Land Rover Discovery of the Season nominee.

“I played in the majority of the 7s tournaments I have had the opportunity to when I was younger.”

This year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series kicks off on Friday, July 22, at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park with all four Welsh regions – including reigning champions Newport Gwent Dragons – going head-to-head in Group A.

Groups B, C and D feature each the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park, Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton and Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park.

The top two sides from each group will qualify for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday, August 6.

While Twickenham Stoop, a fixture on the Premiership Rugby 7s Series in recent years, does not feature as a host venue this season, Clifford is certain his Harlequins teammates will make the most of the tournament.

“It is a great first chance of the new season to show the coaches what you can do after the summer, to show what you are about,” he said.

“Mainly though it’s just a great opportunity to get a bit of rugby in your legs and throw the ball around in front of a brilliant crowd.”

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 22 July with the Finals at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details click here

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