Spectators are in for a treat as new signings line up alongside world class Premiership regulars in the summer sunshine at Twickenham this coming Saturday (16th August).
NEC Harlequins are the most successful team in the 78-year history of the world's most famous charity sevens event and their team looks to be one of the favourites with England sevens stars Pat Sanderson and Ugo Monye named in a team which includes a handful of youngsters determined to claim the Middlesex trophy once more.
Other profile players confirmed today include Hentie Martens and Michael Lipman (Bath), Richard Haughton and Tony Roques (Saracens), Simon Amor, Henry Paul and Marcel Garvey (Gloucester), Steve Hanley and Chris Jones (Sale Sharks), Liam Botham and Matt Salter (Leeds Tykes), Mark Mapletoft and Kieron Roche (London Irish), Ollie Smith and Henry Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) and Phil Greening and Tom Voyce (London Wasps).
Last year's Plate winners Newcastle Falcons have named a very strong squad for the event including Hugh Vyvyan, Epi Taione, Michael Stephenson and Ben Gollings. Northampton Saints reached the final of the Henley International Sevens yesterday (Sunday 10th August) fielding a very strong squad and Saints favourites Nick Beal, Jon Sleightholme and Andrew Blowers will be in action again on Saturday at Twickenham.
The four invitation sides – St Helens, Loughborough University, the British Army and Young England – will announce their squads tomorrow.
Tickets for the London Pride Middlesex Sevens, priced £23, will be available at Twickenham on the day.