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Tainton urges Bristol Bears to shine in Premiership Rugby 7s

Tainton urges Bristol Bears to shine in Premiership Rugby 7s

Mark Tainton will be on the lookout for the stars of the future when Bristol Bears take to the pitch for the return of Premiership Rugby 7s to Franklin’s Gardens this weekend.

The Gallagher Premiership Rugby new boys will open up the tournament against Sale Sharks on Friday evening following their promotion from the Championship last season.

Offering the chance to see the next generation of talented rugby youngsters alongside some seasoned campaigners, Premiership Rugby 7s will see all 12 clubs in action as they compete for the first trophy of the season.

And Tainton, Bristol Bears chief operating officer, believes the competition presents a perfect opportunity for the club’s youngsters to prove themselves on the big stage.

“We’re looking forward to going to Northampton for that tournament and who knows, we might have some young player who comes out of that who will be a star of the future,” he said.

“There will be a mixture of senior and young players going into that competition and there’s an opportunity for those younger players on a big stage.

“It’s their chance to say look, I can perform at this level. It’s up to them then to say pick me after that and show that they have the ability to challenge for the first team.”

After the pools are completed on Friday evening, Saturday’s matches will start at 2.30pm and see the top eight ranked teams contest the quarter-finals.

The remaining four sides will head into the Plate semi-finals in their bid to lift some early season silverware before the start of the 2018/19Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign.

And Tainton hopes the Bristol supporters will get behind the club as they embark on their return to top flight rugby, following their decision to rebrand as Bears.

 

While he understands why some fans have found the change difficult, Tainton is confident that the new direction will help the club go from strength to strength.

“It’s like any change, not everyone’s going to be happy with change,” he said. “We did an awful lot of correspondence with our supporters and explained the rationale behind it.

“We also had a meeting and by the end of it, I wouldn’t say all, but a majority of them had come around to our way of thinking and understanding of why we were looking to rebrand to take the club forward.

“We have a five-year plan and we’ve got to become more sustainable. As part of that, we thought the rebranding would help us appeal to a greater market to bring that sustainability.

“They understand that now and while people don’t like change, they have bought into it now and hopefully they will all get behind us this season.”

Tickets are available now for the Premiership Rugby 7s on July 27 and 28. The evening’s festivities kick off at 5.30pm on Friday and from 2.30pm on Saturday.

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