The Premiership 7s has come round again, and this year. The event shall be hosted at Franklin Gardens.
There is some real talent on show, with almost every club looking to their youngest and brightest individuals to light up the series. If there is one place to see some of the best upcoming talents in English rugby, then this it it.
Wasps are aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins in the competition after winning in 2016 and 2017. However with players such as Josh Bassett and Christian Wade not making an appearance this year, it is highly likely that another team will take the crown.
Here is a list of the seven players that we think will make a real impact over the weekend.
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Will Butler Worcester Warriors
The former Warwick centre has been making some serious waves for Worcester in his opening season for the men in blue and gold. The 20-year-old scored two tries on his debut for England under-17s against France. To add to this, Butler scored two tries inside the first twelve minutes of his Premiership debut this year. Butler will be hoping that his direct running and elusive footwork will serve him well this weekend.
Rotimi Segun Saracens
The Saracens speedster will be hoping to impress in a series that is perfectly suited to his speed and durability. The 22-year-old winger has been playing for Loughborough University over the past two years and he has shown his class at that level. Segun has primarily been playing A league games at this stage of his career, but the transfer of Nathan Earles to Harlequins now opens the door to selection for him. The former Northampton player has plenty of pedigree in sevens after having played in the school circuit.
Adam Radwan Newcastle Falcons
Radwan is renowned for his speed and finishing ability for the Falcons. Radwan made his Premiership debut during 2017-18, capping off a memorable year by winning Falcons’ Academy Player of the Season. The Newcastle man was originally a utility back, however, he has now committed himself to be an out and out winger. The 23-year-old is sure to be one of the most exciting players to watch this weekend.
Harry Barlow Harlequins
The Cranleigh debutant will be keen to make an impression this weekend after having impressed in the sevens circuit for his school. To add to this, Barlow is a key member of the Harlequins academy set up, being promoted to the elite team this year. His quick footwork and speed have served him well in the sevens circuit, where he helped guide his school to the final of the Rosslyn Park Sevens after narrowly losing to Sedbergh school in the final.
Tom de Glanville Bath
The Bath flyer certainly had an impressive start to his professional career. The 18-year-old scored a superb solo try and managed the game well in boggy conditions, wearing the number-ten shirt when he played for the Somerset team in April.
Such is the range of skills the Beechen Cliff sixth-former possesses, he has played wing and full-back for England under-18s. For Bath academy and his school he has played ten, 12 and 13.
From what he has seen so far, director of rugby Todd Blackadder believes young Tom will be a future backline general. To add to this, de Glanville is only entering his first season of first team rugby so there is much to be excited about in this young player.
Paolo Odogwu Sale Sharks
The captain for Sale this year made a serious statement this time last year at the Singha 7’s by scoring eight tries in the group stages of the series. He has impressed many onlookers this season with his speed and footwork for the Manchester-based club. Odogwu brings a real danger to Sale this year and he will undoubtedly be one of the main players to watch in the series this year.
This is only a taster of the talent that is on show tomorrow. It is well worth a watch.
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