Wasps have today named their 12-man squad for Group B of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be hosted at Sandy Park this Saturday, 23 July (KO 3.00pm).
Wasps made the Final of the 7s Series last year and are aiming to do the same again this season, with the showpiece event taking place at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7th August.
The squad will travel to Exeter on Saturday aiming to reach the Finals on home turf, and to help the squad achieve that, Sevens Coach Matt Davies has announced a strong 12-man squad, made up of eight members of the Wasps Senior Squad and four members of Wasps’ Senior Academy.
Wasps will utilise some of the sevens experience at the club with new signing Nick De Luca, who represented Scotland in the shortened version of the game, set to make his first appearance in black and gold, and Frank Halai, who has won a World Series with the All Black sevens side, also adding his valuable knowledge and talent to the squad.
The group announced today boasts the likes of Tom Cruse, also set to make his first appearance for the club, as well as Brendan Macken, Rob Miller, Craig Hampson, and Josh Bassett, who will captain the side.
There are also opportunities for four of the Senior Academy, with Owain James, Connor Eastgate, Jacob Umaga and Tom Howe selected, with Howe adding his own expertise to the group, having represented England in the seven-man game.
Ahead of the group stages of the competition at Sandy Park this Saturday, Sevens Coach Matt Davies said "We have named an exciting squad and it’s now up to us to come together very quickly and get on the same page.
"We have some good experience of sevens in this group, with the likes of Frank Halai, 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 Saturday if we are going to be successful.
"Sandy Park is always a great venue for rugby and we’re looking forward to a great event on Saturday and our focus has to be on making sure we qualify for the Finals of the competition back at the Ricoh Arena. Making the Finals last season was a great way to start the pre-season campaign and our aim has to be to do the same this year.
Wasps’ 12-man squad for Singha 7s
1. Alex Rieder
2. Tom Cruse
3. Frank Halai
4. Brendan Macken
5. Rob Miller
6. Josh Bassett (c)
7. Nick De Luca
8. Craig Hampson
9. Owain James
10. Connor Eastgate
11. Jacob Umaga
12. Tom Howe