Premiership Rugby 7s and the path to international stardom
The Premiership Rugby 7s gets underway again this weekend with a host of up and coming young stars looking to demonstrate their talents.
The annual curtain raiser for the new season always provides a glimpse into the future as stars of tomorrow enjoy their first moments in the limelight.
Indeed, no fewer than 43 players have gone on to play Test rugby after playing in the Premiership Rugby 7s.
Of those 43, six of them – Owen Farrell, George Kruis, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Ross Moriarty and Elliot Daly – went on to become British & Irish Lions in 2017 in their historic drawn Test series against the All Blacks.
After the inaugural Premiership Rugby 7s edition in 2010 – it was Farrell who became the first breakthrough star from that tournament to make his international bow.
The Saracens playmaker was given his debut under Stuart Lancaster less than 18 months after his showings for his club in the shorter form of the game.
So often his partner in crime with England, George Ford also appeared in that tournament for Leicester Tigers.
Fast forward a year and the likes of Nowell, Watson, Henry Slade and Matt Kvesic all got their chance to shine.
In more recent years Wasps have picked some of their bigger names for the tournament, meaning that Daly in 2015 along with Alex Lozowski and Christian Wade – who had already made his England bow back in 2013 – all appeared for the first time.
But it is not just Englishmen that have caught the eye in the tournament, Wales have had the likes of Moriarty, Thomas Young and Josh Adams break through from the Premiership Rugby 7s.
Scotland meanwhile have seen Hamish Watson, Duncan Taylor and more recently Adam Hastings make the grade.
Will Hooley and Tom Bliss have since gone on to make their USA Eagles debuts while there are Romanian internationals (Stephen Hihetah), Spaniards (Lucas Guillaume) and even a German (Sebastian Ferreira).
The most recent stars to step up to the Test arena however are two young flankers, Sale Sharks’ Tom Curry for England and Gloucester Rugby’s Jake Polledri for Italy.
|PR7s DEBUT||NAME||CLUB||PR7s TOURNYS||NATION||TEST DEBUT||CAPS|
|16/07/2010||Kieran Low||London irish||1||Scotland||23/11/2013||5|
|15/07/2011||Anthony Watson||London irish||2||England||08/11/2014||33|
|03/08/2012||Marland Yarde||London irish||1||England||15/06/2013||13|