Ones to Watch from the Premiership Rugby 7s
As the dust settles on a weekend of stunning tries, crushing tackles and high-octane action at the Premiership Rugby 7s finals, several players made their cases known for starting spots in the Gallagher Premiership next season.
With the 12 Gallagher Premiership teams naming exciting and youthful squads, there were plentiful opportunities for some of the stars of tomorrow to get their name under the spotlight.
We have selected five of the best talents that you should keep an eye on for at a Gallagher Premiership Rugby ground near you this season.
Calum Waters – Harlequins:
Few scrum-half’s have as quick reactions times and breath-taking pace as 2018 Player of the Tournament Calum Waters.
The England U20 international could be set to breakthrough into the big time this campaign after scoring ten tries in four matches as Harlequins were downed at the semi-final stage.
And with four first team caps already under his belt, including scoring a try against Exeter Chiefs in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Waters could become a surprise part of new Harlequins director of rugby Paul Gustard’s plans.
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Callum Sirker – Wasps:
After representing England on the HSBC World Sevens circuit, no tournament was going to suit 20-year-old Callum Sirker better than the Premiership Rugby 7s Cup.
The England U20 international, who only re-joined Wasps earlier this summer, scored six tries as Wasps reached their third Premiership Rugby 7s final in succession.
Teammate Ben Christie enthused Sirker’s talents saying: “He is electric, he has got pace, he has got feet, and if you give him space he will do what he does.
The winger and Wasps academy product looks to have shaken the shoulder injury that has plagued him in recent years and if he can maintain the form exhibited at Franklin’s Gardens – Wasps look to have another talent on their hands.
Tom de Glanville – Bath:
Tom de Glanville may be the son of former England captain Phil de Glanville, but the 18-year-old showed he has more than enough to carve a career of his own after helping mastermind Bath’s route to the Premiership Rugby 7s quarter-finals.
With the ability to play on the wing, no.10, 12 or 13, de Glanville’s versatility came to the forefront at the shortened format with a number of key passes and tries across the two days.
Bath 7s captain Jack Wilson singled out the teenager’s performances saying: “Some of the younger lads have done themselves some huge favours in the long term and I am looking forward to seeing how they go in the coming seasons.
“Tom de Glanville has got some good skills and a lot of time on the ball.”
Rotimi Segun – Saracens:
Winger Rotimi Segun could be a player set to make a major impact in the Gallagher Premiership next season after starring in Saracens 2018 Premiership Rugby 7s Cup.
A junior English sprinter in his youth, the former Northampton Saints academy product clocked 100m in 11.0s as a 16-year-old and used his lighting quick pace to good effect by scoring twice against Exeter Chiefs in last weekend’s quarter-finals.
With two replacement appearances for Saracens already under his belt, the 21-year-old could be a player set for the big time and has already shown his big game mentality by scoring in the 33-12 defeat of two-time defending champions Wasps.
Zach Kibirige – Newcastle Falcons:
An expert of the 7s format, 23-year-old Kibirige already has considerable Gallagher Premiership experience under his belt – scoring against Wasps at the culmination of the 2017/18 season.
Kibirige has had to overcome a series of obstacles after breaking his leg four years ago and continues to show huge signs of promise.
A rapid winger and a smart mover, Kibirige has the ability to outfox even the wiliest of defenders as shown throughout the Premiership Rugby 7s cup by scoring twice against eventual winners Saracens in the pool stages.