Calum Waters reacts to being named 2018 Premiership Rugby 7s Player of the Tournament
Premiership Rugby 7s Player of the Tournament Calum Waters hopes his destructive cup performances can provide a springboard for more opportunities at Harlequins next season.
The 21-year-old top scored at the competition with ten tries, including two hat-tricks against Sale Sharks and Bristol Bears, as Harlequins bowed out in the semi-finals to eventual winners Saracens.
And the Harlequins scrum-half’s performances didn’t go unnoticed after scoring twice in the semi-final loss and provoking a penalty try with a lung-busting 60-yard dash against the two-time champions Saracens.
Waters, a 2016 Six Nations Under 20’s Championship veteran, had earlier helped Harlequins into the last four with another two tries against Bath Rugby in the quarter-finals.
After receiving his Player of the Tournament award, Brighton-born Waters remained humble and thanked his teammates for their support.
He said: “It was great to pull a young bunch of lads together who had never played or trained together. Credit to Saracens in that last game they were phenomenal, and their defence was phenomenal.
“We came into it not knowing what we were all about, but the way we have all pulled together, I am really proud of the boys.
“I like to bring my pace into the game and I know I can do it in the fifteens. I try and get amongst it.
“I would love to get a few more first team appearances this year, that’s why I do what I do, and I love playing.
“I just have to stay injury free and have fun. I just really want to enjoy it.”
The Harlequins 7s captain has made four senior appearances and scored one try since joining the Twickenham side in 2015 from Worthing RFC.
After a summer of change that saw England defence coach Paul Gustard take the reigns as Harlequins new head of rugby, Waters has had to endure his hardest pre-season to date.
And despite changes behind the scenes, the England U20 international believes Harlequins will be better prepared than ever to take on the new campaign.
“Paul Gustard is great, he has really enthused everyone. Pre-season has been tough that’s for sure.
“It has been the hardest pre-season I have ever done, but everyone has bought into it really well and it has made the group tighter.
“He has changed our defence structure and our mentality has changed.
“The boys are adapting to it really well and we have got a lot of time to lay these foundations, build our house and make sure we are as strong and sturdy as possible.”