TOP BAR - Fixtures

Matt Jess: Exeter Chiefs can’t wait for Saturday’s Singha 7s

Chiefs wing Matt Jess insists Exeter’s established XV stars will be anxiously looking over their shoulders as the latest crop of young guns prepare to do battle in this year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series.

The 32-year-old will be playing in this year’s competition, while also taking on a coaching and mentoring role helping to guide the Chiefs’ young guns and identify the next Henry Slade or Jack Nowell.

The Singha 7s is the first opportunity of the season for Exeter’s extended squad to put their hands up for selection for the Aviva Premiership Rugby challenge that follows in September.    

Exeter face a daunting challenge on July 23 in Group B as they host Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby and Wasps in what is sure to be a mouth-watering weekend of 7s action in the South West.

And Jess is convinced the latest young Exeter stars off the Sandy Park production line have what it takes to be a major force in this year’s competition. 

“It is not spoken about but in the back of your mind you know players are out there fighting for your position,” said Jess.

“At the end of the day if you are not in the shirt then you want everyone to be doing well for Exeter, and when your chance comes you have to grab it.

“For the youngsters, who haven’t really played in front of a big crowd or in a high-pressure tournament, it is a great opportunity. It gets guys out there and gives them great experience.

“For the past three years, I have coached along with Ricky (Pellow) and seen the lads get some exposure and when we got to the finals it was brilliant.

“It all sets it up for them, the next step, and the next professional contract so I think it is a massive platform for pushing players on.”

There has been plenty of cause for celebration at Sandy Park this month, with Exeter Chiefs' England trio Nowell, Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie all signing new contracts with the Premiership club.

And after also reaching the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final last year at Twickenham; Jess is convinced there is a feel-good factor around at Sandy Park presently that can only help the Chiefs in the Singha 7s. 

“Singha 7s is about breeding young players, like Henry Slade and Jack Nowell, who played Singha 7s and now they are fully-fledged England internationals,” he added.

“It does a lot for the game and it is a good build-up towards the start of the season and hopefully we will get the crowds here, like at Gloucester, which will be outstanding.

“Playing here and playing local rivals is massive. A lot of those teams have come on, and a few internationals play in our sevens and it is not just getting into 15s.

“A lot of those players have gone on to England honours. There are so many pathways for young guys, young university guys who come in.

“There are always people watching. So for those guys, you just tell them to enjoy the experience, they’ll get a lot from it.

“What you can’t teach them is to play in front of 8,000-10,000 people, you have to get them playing.”

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 
 

Latest News

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s live on BT Sport with highlights on Channel 5

Channel 5’s landmark coverage of domestic rugby begins in earnest this week, with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s finally returning…

Saracens name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Tom Whiteley will skipper a youthful Saracens side in this weekend’s Singha 7s tournament at Franklin’s Gardens, after the Men…

Tom Whiteley

Will Homer to captain Bath Rugby at the Singha 7s

Will Homer will captain Bath Rugby at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. The scrum-half,…

Will Homer

Saints squad announced for Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series 

The Northampton Saints squad has been announced for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, which is being played in…

Jamie Elliott

Harlequins announce squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Henry Cheeseman will captain the 12-man squad against Gloucester Rugby and London Irish in Pool B of the Singha 7s.…

Henry Cheeseman

Wasps name squad for 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s

Wasps have today named their squad for the 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s, which will be hosted at Franklin’s Gardens…

Dan Robson

London Irish name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

London Irish have named their side for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be held at Northampton Saints’…

Rory BRand

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Following the conclusion of the Premiership Rugby Singha 7s series this weekend, Harlequins travel to Herzogenaurach to continue their pre-season…

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Chiefs sign van der Sluys

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock…

Wilhelm van der Sluys

Sharks Announce Exciting Squad For Singha 7s

Sale Sharks can announce an exciting squad to take part in the Premiership Rugby Singha 7's this weekend at Franklin's…

Paolo Odogwu

Leicester Tigers Singha Premiership Rugby 7s team announcement

Leicester Tigers have named their squad for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. Tigers take on Newcastle Falcons and Wasps on…

Alex Glashan

Will Kaye set for birthday to remember with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers’ new link-up with Loughborough University will provide youngster Will Kaye with an unforgettable birthday present. The Loughborough student…

Cameron Cowell captains Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s

England 7s international Cameron Cowell will captain Newcastle Falcons in this week's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.…

Cameron Cowell

Stelling to lead Warriors at Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens

Max Stelling will lead Warriors in the new-look Singha Premiership Sevens this weekend at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens. Stelling, who…

Max Stelling

Exeter Chiefs name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Ricky Pellow says Exeter Chiefs are relishing the chance to kick-off the new 2017/18 season with a big showing at…

Max Bodilly

Gloucester Rugby confirm squad for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

The 12-man Gloucester Rugby squad for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s action has been named, with an exciting young…

Ollie Thorley will feature for the Cherry & Whites

Worcester Warriors get set for this weekend’s Singha 7s with Gordon Ross in charge

Worcester Warriors are looking to their experienced 7s players to make an impact in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s tournament…

Gordon Ross

Adam Radwan ready to fly for Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s action

Having lit up last season’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, Newcastle Falcons flyer Adam Radwan is determined to do the same…

Adam Radwan

Singha 7s is a ‘brilliant tournament’ says Harlequins’ Ross Chisholm

Harlequins full-back Ross Chisholm is urging his up-and-coming compatriots to grab their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s opportunity with both hands.…

Ross Chisholm