Harlequins can go some way to making amends for last season’s disappointments with an impressive showing in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s – according to flanker Luke Wallace.
On Thursday they head to the Ricoh Arena to take on hosts Wasps, Northampton Saints and Saracens in Group C in the 7s tournament that will raise the curtain on the new season.
Should they qualify for the finals again then Quins will have the advantage of being on home soil for finals day at the Stoop on 28 August.
And Wallace admits it is about time he and his teammates gave the Quins faithful something to shout about.
“Having the finals day at the Stoop is a good incentive for the players and if we could do well there it would be a good way to repay the fans for sticking by us last season when we didn’t do too well,” he said.
“Winning a tournament in preseason would be a good way to start the year.
“It’s always fun and hopefully we can pack it out this year. Quins’ fans are always good, especially on night fixtures.
“It’s a good chance for the young players to show their skills and obviously there is a bit more space, so the quick guys love it.”
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. The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will be an important competition and will start a run-in to the Olympic Games when rugby will be firmly in the world spotlight.
And Wallace is confident there will be plenty of scintillating action for the fans to take in this summer, singling out a couple of Quins’ youngsters to keep an eye out for.
“Joe Marchant is one to watch as will be Calum Waters our young scrum-half,” he added.
“Calum is just joining us for his first year at the academy now – he’s looking pretty sharp. He’s only just moved to scrum-half, so those skills are pretty raw but he’s got a great rugby brain. He’s a great rugby talent and one to watch as well.
“We’re in preseason at the moment and fitness is the big thing, so the Singha 7s is a good chance to work on that. It’s a good, competitive way to start the season and compare yourself to other teams.”
Harlequins will host the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final at the Twickenham Stoop on 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from premiershiprugby.com/singha7s/tickets