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James Grayson: Singha 7s run beneficial for entire Northampton Saints squad


Northampton Saints’ fly-half James Grayson expects the experience of Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series rugby to push the entire squad onto the next level later this season.

Howard Packman scored four tries in the final game of Group C against Gloucester Rugby to secure the hosts a quarter-final spot in the Singha 7s Finals at the Ricoh Arena against Exeter Chiefs.

And Grayson knows that a second chance for Saints to perform in front of another loud and vibrant crowd will only benefit the squad in the future.

“Having that kind of experience, playing in front of big crowds, is good to have on your side if your time comes,” said Grayson.

“Playing with people watching you and playing under a bit of pressure takes you to that next level.

“It’s great especially for young lads like myself to play in a big stadium like this in front of a lot of fans.

“It’s really good, especially if you get through this stage and get to play again so it’s a good experience to get under your belt.”

After a 29-19 defeat to Group C winners Harlequins in their opening game, Saints bounced back to beat Saracens 24-17 thanks to tries from Grayson, Tom Collins and Sam Olver.

It left the 10,000-strong crowd at Franklin’s Gardens on the edge of their seats going into a winner-take-all final game between Saints and Gloucester which the hosts edged 27-17.

And Grayson, son of former England fly-half Paul, now believes his team-mates can go all the way in the Series Final at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday and return with some silverware.

“We can achieve anything, we’ve got some absolute flyers in our team, we’ve got some big lads as well to whack around the park,” he added.

“It’ll be a big challenge but we’ll go there with 100 per cent intentions to come away with some silverware.

“We’ve got a massive week coming up, we’ll probably be in for four or five days towards the end of the week and if we come away with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Title it would be great for the whole squad – not just for those involved.”

Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets.

Quarter-final fixtures:

Quarter Final 1 – Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks
Quarter Final 2 – Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Quarter Final 3 – Harlequins v Wasps
Quarter Final 4 – Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys

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