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Lowe: Singha 7s can be a Harlequins proving ground

George Lowe might be playing down his own traits in the shorter code of the game, but the Harlequins centre is urging the club’s young guns to give it all they’ve got during this season’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.

.On 21 August Harlequins will head to the Ricoh Arena to clash with Wasps, Saracens and Northampton Saints in Group C of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, with a place at the Twickenham Stoop finals on offer to the top two.
 
And the 25-year-old wants any young guns handed the honour to treat the competition with the respect it deserves, with many more doors set to open if they do.
 
“For the young guys it's massive,” he said. “A lot of them have come fresh out of school and it’s their first big opportunity to play men’s rugby.
 
“Guys like Joe Marchant came through the competition last year and he played really well. He’s quick and got good hands.
 
“It’s a massive opportunity for all the young guys especially. We’ve always got youngsters coming through – they seem to get bigger, stronger and faster every year.
 
“Playing 7s definitely helped my XVs game. It’s great for core skills and is the most basic form of the game, so is brilliant for passing, beating defenders and that sort of thing. It’s great for developing your game.”
 
As if forcing their way into the Harlequins first team wasn’t enough of an incentive, then the chance to strut their stuff in front of a packed-out Stoop on 28 August for the final certainly is. And Lowe is keeping fingers crossed that Harlequins can advance from Group C, with their fervent home support set to cheer them on to the first piece of silverware on offer this season.
 
“It’s always great to play at the Stoop. Every competition you go in wanting to win, so for the players competing it will be a big opportunity,” he added.
 
“It should be a great atmosphere for finals day – the sport is growing so much that the Singha 7s will become an even bigger event with a great atmosphere.
 
“Everyone’s keen to win the tournament but with it being at the Stoop, I think Conor [O’Shea] is keen for us to go out there, put in a good performance and get as far as possible.”
 
Harlequins will host the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final at the Twickenham Stoop on 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from premiershiprugby.com/singha7s/tickets

 

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