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Premiership Rugby 7s and the path to international stardom

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 Jack Clifford Harlequins 6 England 06/02/2016 10
16/07/2010 George Kruis Saracens 3 England 08/11/2014 25
16/07/2010 Owen Farrell Saracens 2 England 04/02/2012 61
16/07/2010 Stephen Hihetah Wasps 1 Romania 16/06/2013 6
16/07/2010 Kieran Low London irish 1 Scotland 23/11/2013 5
23/07/2010 George Ford Leicester 1 England 09/03/2014 47
23/07/2010 Tommy Taylor Sale 3 England 29/05/2016 1
23/07/2010 Henry Thomas Sale 2 England 08/06/2013 7
23/07/2010 Hamish Watson Leicester 1 Scotland 28/02/2015 20
30/07/2010 Jaike Carter Gloucester 1 Spain 17/11/2012 6
15/07/2011 Jack Nowell Exeter 3 England 01/02/2014 26
15/07/2011 Henry Slade Exeter 1 England 15/08/2015 13
15/07/2011 Anthony Watson London irish 2 England 08/11/2014 33
15/07/2011 Tom Heathcote Bath 4 Scotland 24/11/2012 3
29/07/2011 Mark Wilson Newcastle 2 England 10/06/2017 4
29/07/2011 Matt Kvesic Worcester 1 England 08/06/2013 3
13/07/2012 Ben Spencer Saracens 2 England 09/06/2018 2
13/07/2012 Ali Price Saracens 1 Scotland 26/11/2016 17
13/07/2012 Duncan Taylor Saracens 2 Scotland 08/06/2013 21
20/07/2012 Will Hooley Northampton 2 USA 10/02/2018 4
26/07/2012 Ollie Devoto Bath 3 England 29/05/2016 1
26/07/2012 Jonny May Gloucester 1 England 15/06/2013 37
26/07/2012 Freddie Burns Gloucester 2 England 01/12/2012 5
26/07/2012 Ross Moriarty Gloucester 2 Wales 08/08/2015 23
03/08/2012 Marland Yarde London irish 1 England 15/06/2013 13
03/08/2012 Joel Tomkins Saracens 1 England 02/11/2013 3
02/08/2013 Chris Harris Newcastle 4 Scotland 11/11/2017 4
02/08/2013 Lucas Guillaume Leicester 1 Spain 04/03/2017 8
31/07/2014 Sam Simmonds Exeter 5 England 11/11/2017 7
31/07/2014 Sam Underhill Gloucester 2 England 17/06/2017 6
01/08/2014 Teimana Harrison Northampton 2 England 29/05/2016 5
01/08/2014 Kieran Treadwell Harlequins 3 Ireland 17/06/2017 3
01/08/2014 Tom Bliss Wasps 1 USA 20/02/2016 1
20/08/2015 Jack Maunder Exeter 2 England 10/06/2017 1
20/08/2015 Adam Hastings Bath 2 Scotland 09/06/2018 3
21/08/2015 Elliot Daly Wasps 2 England 27/02/2016 21
21/08/2015 Alex Lozowski Wasps 2 England 10/06/2017 4
21/08/2015 Thomas Young Wasps 2 Wales 16/06/2017 2
22/08/2015 Josh Adams Worcester 2 Wales 03/02/2018 4
28/08/2015 Sebastian Ferreira Newcastle 1 Germany 19/11/2016 11
29/07/2016 James Lang Harlequins 2 Scotland 09/06/2018 2
30/07/2016 Tom Curry Sale 2 England 10/06/2017 4
28/07/2017 Jake Polledri Gloucester 1 Italy 17/03/2018 3

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