Tom Catterick is a prime example of what can happen if you have a successful 7s campaign after what could be described as a breakthrough season for Newcastle Falcons.
And now he is hoping some of the club’s other talented youngsters can follow in his footsteps this time around with the Falcons set to soar into action at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.
Catterick captained the Falcons and starred on his home turf in Darlington during last year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series as they went unbeaten in the group stage, before making a fourth Finals in five years – ultimately losing out to Gloucester Rugby in the showpiece.
The utility back has been at the club since he was 17 but after a bit of time away with the England 7s and on loan at Blaydon, the 24-year-old returned to Kingston Park and excelled in his new position of fly-half.
Catterick said: “The experiences I have had with 7s rugby, going away with different teams, brings a level of confidence before you get to the start of the regular season that you can’t always get from training.
“It is nice to have a different atmosphere and competition and it gives you the confidence to take people on and
have some fun with it, where you don’t have to play too seriously. You still want to win but you can enjoy yourself more and when you do that in the 7s, it enables you to transfer it to the XVs.
“I have played in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series or similar tournaments for the last four or five years and it does suit me. I like to chuck the ball around and try to step people if I can and it is something I look forward to every year.”
With fixtures taking place at five different grounds throughout August, the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series is a great way to enjoy some thrilling, high octane rugby with friends and family.
And as if that wasn’t enough to guarantee fans through the turnstiles, this year’s event will have an added incentive with 7s rugby appearing at the Olympics for the first time next summer in Rio.
“The 7s game is massive for youngsters,” Catterick added. “When pre-season comes around, if you are a young guy then you might not have a lot of game time or know how much you will be playing so it is one of those things that if you perform well in the 7s then you show that you can perform on a stage with thousands of people watching. It is a chance to say to the manager ‘chuck me into the XVs team’.
“It is an event the young guys look forward to and it certainly gives them an opportunity to shine.”
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series, which is in its fifth year, kicks off at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on August 15 before trips to Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, on August 20, the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on August 21 and Newcastle’s Kingston Park a day later, with the Series Final on August 28 at the Twickenham Stoop.