Tim Taylor has urged Gloucester Rugby fans to turn out in force at Kingsholm and see the club’s stars of the future when they take to the field in this month’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.
Gloucester have won the tournament in each of the last two years and continue the tradition of playing host to the action in their group phase again this time.
Stars to have graced the tournament for the Cherry & Whites in previous years include wing Henry Purdy, who scored seven tries in 14 Aviva Premiership Rugby starts last term.
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.
Thursday 20 August – Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, London Irish
7.15pm – Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby
7.40pm – Bath Rugby v London Irish
8.10pm – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
8.35pm – Gloucester Rugby v London Irish
9.05pm – Exeter Chiefs v London Irish
9.30pm – Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby
And Taylor expects more to follow Purdy’s lead and graduate from Sevens stardom.
“I think it’s a very important competition,” he said. “We had boys like Billy Meakes, Henry Purdy, Callum Brayley who all played in the sevens last year and they were regular starters for us in the 15s game in the Premiership this year.
“It’s always a good event at Kingsholm. We’ve had it there for the last three years and want to go out and win it again. It’s a really good stepping stone for the boys going into the season.
“It’s important to lay down where you want to be, going into the Premiership. To go out there and set a good standard of rugby going into the season is important."
Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale. For full details see premiershiprugby.com/7s
Gloucester will compete with Exeter Chiefs, Bath Rugby and London Irish for a chance to advance to the knockout stage at Twickenham Stoop later in the month.
And Taylor hopes a carnival atmosphere, typical of Kingsholm, will help Gloucester to advance.
“It’s a great event every year and we’ve had really good numbers down at Kingsholm, between 10 and 12,000 each year,” he added.
“People come from all teams to support their team and it should be a good atmosphere down there.
“It’s really exciting for the club to have the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s down at Kingsholm again. It’s been a great competition for the last few years, getting good numbers down to watch, and the lads really enjoy getting out there in a Gloucester shirt.
"Sevens has always been a popular game, especially with how well England have been doing on the world circuit in the last few years.
“You see boys coming into the game as a Sevens player, so you’re getting that new breed of player coming through.”