Wasps’ stars of the future will be on show in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s next month but if they play their cards right they could become household names sooner rather than later – according to Dai Young.
Wasps welcome Harlequins, Northampton Saints and Saracens to the Ricoh Arena for Group C of the series that will take place on Friday August 21.
Since the inaugural series five years ago Wasps have only once managed to make it out of their Group and into the final stages.
That came back in 2011 but with home support on their side at the Ricoh, Wasps will be hoping to improve on their recent showings.
And Young has told his younger squad players that starring roles in the shorter form of the game could lead to call-ups for the XV-a-side game in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
“I definitely think 7s can help players develop their skills for the XVs game. You see every year that I unearth some new names and it’s really exciting way to start the season,” he said.
“I’m all for it – I didn’t play a lot of it myself but there’s definitely a place for it in the rugby calendar and it certainly does a great job at introducing some new players into rugby.
“It’s a great way for these players to show what they do in a competitive environment.
“I think you see every season that players take that opportunity to put their hand up for selection as we move towards the start of the season.”
Last year Wasps faced the same three opponents in group play at Franklin's Gardens, but lost three from three and finished bottom of the table.
And it was Gloucester Rugby who emerged victorious at the Stoop come finals day, the Cherry & Whites claiming their second successive title after beating Newport Gwent Dragons in the final.
Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale. For full details see premiershiprugby.com/7s