Wales 7s veteran Adam Thomas believes some of the country’s best young players could forge a career in the code – starting with an impressive performance at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series this Friday.
It is a landmark summer for 7s as rugby gets set for the Olympics for the first time since 1924, and excitement is building after Great Britain announced their 12-man squad on Tuesday.
Wales 7s are represented in the GB7s Squad through Sam Cross, and Scarlets' back-row James Davies also made the cut. While there is Aviva Premiership Rugby representation through Marcus Watson and Ollie Lindsay-Hague.
Watson and Lindsay-Hague have appeared at the Singha 7s in the past and some of the players on show at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Friday could also be in the mix for the Olympics in four years’ time.
Thomas will be playing for Cardiff Blues at the Singha 7s on Friday night, and he has urged players from all four Welsh regions to think big and seize the moment.
“I have never played Singha 7s in the past, but I’m playing for the Blues this year and having played a lot of 7s last year it will be nice to get out and try and perform for my region,” he said.
“It will be good for Wales 7s too, to see if there is any young talent or any boys that stand out.
“It is a shop window for players to show what they have got. It is good that we have got these tournaments, so the boys can kick on from them and push towards the national side to play against the best players in the world.
“The Olympics is definitely a chance for 7s and rugby to expand into new territories and continue to develop the game."
Newport Gwent Dragons reigned supreme last year after not only ruling the roost at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, but winning the Series Final outright after beating a star-studded Wasps side to the trophy. This year’s Series Final is at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 7 August.
Thomas has also appeared a number of times for the Blues in the Guinness PRO12, including a try-scoring performance against Zebre last season.
And the 29-year-old is determined to do the region proud when he slips on the jersey once again.
“The Dragons showed what you can do with a good squad in the Singha 7s,” he added. “So we want to perform in a good, competitive tournament and build into the finals.”
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