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Jones: Time for Wasps to shine at Singha 7s

Sam Jones admits Wasps have flattered to deceive in the Singha Premiership 7s in recent years but that is all set to change in 2015.

Dai Young’s side have not made finals day in the competition since 2011 but have named a very strong squad for this year’s Group C clashes that will be hosted at the Ricoh Arena.

The likes of Elliot Daly and Christian Wade have been included in a star-studded line-up as Wasps welcome Harlequins, Saracens and Northampton Saints to Coventry.

Click here for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s fixture list

And 23-year-old Jones admits he and his teammates are desperate to set the record straight after their poor recent run.

“I’m really excited about playing in the Singha Premiership 7s, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and actually play a bit of rugby rather than the conditioning work of a normal pre-season,” said the flanker.

“It will give us a real boost going into pre-season games and then the season itself.

“Speed, fitness, these are the sorts of things you work on a lot in pre-season, so the 7s puts the magnifying glass on those parts of your game. And with it being a really competitive environment against Sarries, Quins and Saints in our group it will be great for us.

“Over the last few years Wasps have not had the best run in the 7s, in 2011 we made the final but that is a long time ago.
 
Group C
 
Friday 21 August – Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Wasps, Saracens, Harlequins, Northampton Saints
 
19:15 Wasps v Harlequins
19:40 Saracens v Northampton Saints
20:10 Saracens v Harlequins
20:35 Wasps v Northampton Saints
21:05 Harlequins v Northampton Saints
21:30 Wasps v Saracens
 
“We have put a lot more emphasis on it this time and with the squad we have put out as well, we should be looking to go all the way.

“We have got players like Christian Wade, an England 7s international, he has been great at teaching us a few tricks of the trade.

“And then to have guys like Elliot Daly, Josh Bassett and Alex Lozowski as well, that is a lot of raw pace that should be a big boost.

“It’s going to be tough but having those guys in our team is going to be a real help.”

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s is the only competition this season where you will see the 12 Premiership Rugby clubs taking on the four Welsh Regions.

And Jones has called on all rugby fans in the Midlands to come to the Ricoh to take in what should be a party-atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

“It’s a lot more open, more tries, less nitty gritty set piece stuff so it’s a great spectacle and then off the pitch it is a great party, especially at our place at the Ricoh so it should be a good evening for all involved,” he added.

“To be hosting the 7s is a real boost for the club and the town, we had great support last season and hopefully there will be just as many people if not more coming down.”

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