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Olowofela aiming to bring England experience to Premiership Rugby 7s

Olowofela aiming to bring England experience to Premiership Rugby 7s

Ryan Olowofela is one of the new boys at Northampton Saints this summer and can’t wait to put his international experience on display in the Premiership Rugby 7s.

Olowofela, who came through the Leicester Tigers Academy having joined at the age of 15, has made a name for himself on the World and European Sevens circuits for England, having made 64 career appearances and scored 25 tries in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 21-year-old was then signed by Chris Boyd in March ahead of the new campaign as part of the Saints’ continued efforts to transform their squad after an encouraging first season under a new-look coaching team.

Expected to play in the Premiership Rugby 7s at Franklin’s Gardens on September 13 and 14, Olowofela is one to look out for.

“It’s going to be a great day for the young boys selected, it’s literally as fun as it looks,” said Olowofela.

“It’s very hard but you’ll see a lot of talent coming through from the academy and it’ll just be a great weekend out for the boys.

“I have a bit of experience, formerly playing on the world series, I’m pretty sure the standard is going to be just as high here and it’s going to be a tough game.

“You’ll see a few lungs burning but it’ll be great to watch. It’s a good event to get the legs moving, especially for the young boys as well, playing in front of a decent crowd, it’ll be a good experience for them and what better place for them to be at than Franklin’s Gardens.”

Northampton excelled in Boyd’s first season as they reached their first Gallagher Premiership Rugby semi-final since 2015 and won the Premiership Rugby Cup last year.

With the likes of Owen Franks and Matt Proctor now onboard for 2019/2020 too, confidence is high at Franklin’s Gardens and Olowofela is looking forward to the challenge of playing regularly.

He continued: “I joined for the second block of this pre-season, it was very tough!

“I’m hoping to push for selection in the Gallagher Premiership and fingers crossed become a regular starter, if not then on the bench.

“Everyone’s welcomed me with open arms, it’s been class!”

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