Wasps have today named their 12-man squad for the Series Finals of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be played at Wasps’ home ground the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, 7 August.
Sevens coach Matt Davies has announced another strong squad, calling up England flier Christian Wade and last season’s Singha 7s skipper Guy Thompson. Wade and Thompson come in for Rob Miller and Connor Eastgate.
Wade was a star performer for the sevens team last year, scoring seven tries in three games as he won player of the round for Group C at the Ricoh, while Thompson led Wasps to the Final, where they lost in the last play of the game to Newport Gwent Dragons.
The rest of the side is unchanged, with experienced sevens player Nick De Luca, who represented Scotland in the shortened format of the game, set to make his first appearance at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and Frank Halai, who won a World Series with the All Blacks sevens side, continuing to add his experience to the squad.
The team announced again features new signing Tom Cruse, as well as Brendan Macken, Alex Rieder, Craig Hampson, and Josh Bassett, who will again captain the side.
There are also further opportunities for three of Wasps’ Senior Academy, with Owain James, Connor Eastgate and Tom Howe selected, with Howe adding his own expertise to the group, having represented England in the seven-man game.
Wasps made the Finals of this season’s Singha 7s Series having finished second behind Exeter Chiefs in Group B two weeks ago. Wins over Bath 36-21, Bristol 22-14 and a 26-19 loss to hosts Exeter saw the men in black and gold make the Finals for the second year in a row. The squad will take to the pitch on Sunday aiming to go one better than last season after finishing runners-up.
Ahead of the Finals at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, Sevens coach Matt Davies said, “We have named an exciting squad and it’s now up to us to train well and put our best foot forward at the Ricoh on Sunday.
“We have some good experience of sevens in this group, with the likes of Frank Halai, Christian Wade, Nick De Luca and Tom Howe all having represented their countries in the shortened version of the game, and we hope those guys will bring a lot to the squad, but we also have some very talented first team players and some exciting young members of the Senior Academy, who will all need to come together on Sunday if we are going to be successful.
“It is always fantastic to play at the Ricoh Arena in front of our fans and we’re looking forward to a great event on Sunday. Our focus has to be taking each game as it comes, with a tough quarter-final against Harlequins first up. Making the Final last season was a great way to start the pre-season campaign and our aim has to be to try to provide a similar boost for the club ahead of the beginning of the season.”
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. For tickets visit wasps.co.uk/tickets
Wasps’ 12-man squad for Singha 7s Finals
1. Alex Rieder
2. Tom Cruse
3. Frank Halai
4. Brendan Macken
5. Guy Thompson
6. Josh Bassett (c)
7. Nick De Luca
8. Craig Hampson
9. Owain James
10. Christian Wade
11. Connor Eastgate
12. Tom Howe
Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final Fixtures
2pm: Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks
2.25pm: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
2.50pm: Harlequins v Wasps
3.15pm: Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys
3.40pm – Plate Semi-Final 1
4.05pm – Cup Semi-Final 1
4.30pm – Plate Semi-Final 2
4.55pm – Cup Semi-Final 2
5.20pm – Women’s Premiership 7s Final
5.45pm – Plate Final
6.10pm – Cup Final