Fixtures - Top Bar

Waller: Singha Premiership Rugby 7s crucial for development

Northampton Saints’ prop Ethan Waller believes the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s continues to help provide the foundations for players like him to flourish at senior level.

Like so many young players in this country, Waller cut his teeth at senior level in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s before going on to represent his club in Aviva Premiership Rugby and the European Champions Cup.

And the 23-year-old, who has made 71 appearances for the Saints in all competitions since his debut in 2012, believes the exposure provided by Singha Premiership Rugby 7s was critical to his development.

Waller said: “I have played a few times in the Singha 7s and as a young lad coming through that kind of experience is invaluable: playing in front of the big crowd.

“It is not XV-man rugby but it gives you a sense of the occasion and helps to ease your way in to professional rugby.

“You see quite a few of the players in the tournament are very young and it allows them to get to grips with playing in front of the crowd.”

This year is arguably the biggest in 7s history as it makes its Olympic debut in Brazil later this summer, with rugby union returning to the Games for the first time since 1924.

The Aviva Premiership leads the way when it comes to club 7s and this year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series will kick off in Cardiff before visiting Exeter Chiefs, Northampton and Newcastle Falcons, with the Series Final at the Ricoh Arena.

Group C will be hosted at Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens on Friday 29 July and will see Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, the Saints and Saracens look to secure a spot in the title-deciding competition on Saturday 6 August.

And Waller has told fans not to miss out on all the action, with some of the rising stars of English rugby set to grace the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series this summer.

“You will see a lot of good finishing in Singha Premiership Rugby 7s and speed is essential – so it wasn’t my greatest showcase,” Waller joked.

“But there is a lot of talent on show and a lot backs with a lot of space to show what they can do.

“From a coaching point of view it will help them to identify the players who can make the step up. If you perform well there then it is a stepping stone to becoming a regular in the first team squad.”

Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale at premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets

Latest News

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

George North gets first 2017 tour try in dramatic British & Irish Lions draw

The British & Irish Lions concluded their midweek fixture list in New Zealand with a thrilling 31-31 draw against the…

Newcastle Falcons can’t wait for trip to Philadelphia

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes that the second Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season match in America can…

Dean Richards

Mark Reddish retires from rugby

Harlequins second row Mark Reddish has today (Tuesday 27th June) announced that he will retire from the game due to…

Mark Reddish

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars to feature heavily in Lions final midweek game

EIGHT Aviva Premiership players will start the British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game tomorrow looking to force their way…

Teofilo Paulo excited by London Irish move but will miss home cooking

Samoan international Teofilo Paulo is making the most of his mum’s cooking ahead of the summer move to London Irish.…

British & Irish Lions beaten in first Test by New Zealand

Two second-half tries from winger Rieko Ioane helped New Zealand to a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the…

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…