Harlequins, Northampton Saints, Saracens, and Wasps have all named their squads for Fridayâ€™s leg of the Singha Premiership 7s at Waspsâ€™ Ricoh Arena.
All name exciting and youthful squads, though Waspsâ€™ is perhaps more experienced as they look to make sure of a successful evening on their home patch.
However the now Coventry based side do include Conor Dolan in their squad. The England U17 international is a part of the Senior Academy, having left Wellington College, where he was a key member of their staggeringly good unbeaten 1st VII this season.
The rest of the squad is made up of senior player, though Harrow leaver Owain James will also travel as a non-playing reserve.
Speaking ahead of the evening, Christian Wade, who along with Elliot Daly is one of a number of star attractions on the night, said:
“There’s such a buzz around Singha 7s, itâ€™s something we look forward to. For the fans, there’s a big party afterwards and it’s a really fast game to watch. It’s going to be a great day. The Ricoh Arena has been a great venue for us so far and hopefully everyone will come down for 7s too.”
Harlequins meanwhile have gone for a very different side, which is led by England U20 star Joe Marchant, who is still eligible for the U20s next year.
Vice-captain in Henry Cheeseman, who left Whitgift just last year, while England U20 star and John Fisher old boy Kieran Treadwell is also in the squad.
Perhaps even more excitingly, four new Academy players are also in the squad, Archie White and Sam Aspland-Robinson come straight in following England U18 duty (Aspland-Robinson is yet another member of that Wellington College 1st VII that swept all before it), as does Calum Waters and Scotland U18 international Robbie Nairn.
There are two current school players included in the squad, Cranleighâ€™s Dino Lamb-Cona, and Trinityâ€™s Gabriel Ibitoye, who was also on the England U18 tour. Bromsgrove leaver and NatWest Schools Cup winning captain Luke White is also in the squad, having trained with Harlequins over the summer.
Academy Coach Howard Graham was keen to point out the benefits for all of these young players, saying:
“It is great for the young guys to get experience. We need to keep up the momentum of pre-season and we will balance that with the 7s. We will have a lot of young boys who will put in a good performance on the park.
“Joe Marchant last year was still at school and got player of the tournament and he has been rewarded with the captaincy this year. I am looking forward to the competition and to seeing the boys play 7s, it shows how good a rugby player they are at heart.”
Saracens have mixed their age-ranges in their squad, with Nils Mordt leading it, but with the likes of England U18 centre Dominic Morris and current Tonbridge pupil Ben Earle included, as well as fellow U18 Leo Fielding.
England U20 star Nathan Earle is also included, after a horribly injury torn 2014/15, while another England U20 man in Max Wilkins is also included. Whitgift leaver Matt Gallagher will get another taste of 7s action, as will former Millfield star, and the king of the 2013/14 schools 7s circuit, Tom Whiteley.
Academy Manager Dom Barrell takes charge of the side, and speaking ahead of Fridayâ€™s tournament said:
“The Singha 7s is a great opportunity for some of our younger players to show what they’ve got, and to show everyone how they have developed in preseason. It’s a great stage for them to highlight the skills they have been working on and it provides them a chance to showcase the individual flair they have as players.
“I think it’s exciting for the fans to cast their eye over the latest academy recruits who have just come into the club, and personally, it’s exciting for me as a coach to get to see how these guys go in a tournament environment.”
Northampton Saints have also embraced the youthful spirit in Coventry, naming senior Academy player and former Oundle fly half Sam Olver as captain.
Olver is joined in the squad by fellow youthful pivots in James Grayson and Scotland U20 fly half Rory Hutchinson.
Sedbergh leaver Alex Moon, and fellow leavers Alex Mitchell of Lymm High School and Will Allman of Trent College all return from England U18 duty to help the squad, while Tom Emery, the St Josephâ€™s College pupil, is also in the squad.
Academy Coach Damian Hopley is in charge of the squad, and speaking ahead of the competition, he said:
“We’re really looking forward to it, the lads have put in a lot of hard work over the summer and are now eager to get out on the pitch for the first time this season.â€
“The Premiership Rugby 7s has proved a fantastic experience for some of our promising young players in the past and we’re sure it will be the same again on Friday.”
Squads for the Singha 7s Ricoh Arena leg â€“ Friday 21st August, from 19.15:
1. Henry Cheeseman (vice-captain)
2. Archie White
3. Sam Aspland-Robinson
4. Calum Waters
5. Kieran Treadwell
6. Gabriel Ibitoye
7. Robbie Nairn
8. Dino Lamb-Cona
9. Joe Marchant (c)
10. Luke White
11. Alosio Yamoyamo
12. Senitiki Nayalo
1 Alex Moon
2 Matthew Watson
3 Jake Carter
4 Tim Cardall
5 Alex Rayment
6 Tom Emery
7 Will Allman
8 Oliver Burgess
9 Alex Mitchell
10 Sam Olver (c)
11 Rory Hutchinson
12 James Grayson
1. Nils Mordt (c)
2. Tom Whiteley
3. Dom Morris
4. Matt Gallagher
5. Nathan Earle
6. Max Wilkins
7. Liam Perkins
8. Matt Hankin
9. Ben Earl
10. Leo Fielding
11. Kevin Barrett
12. James Tirrell
1. Jamie Stevenson
2. Elliot Daly
3. Christian Wade
4. Conor Dolan
5. Alex Rieder
6. Sam Jones
7. Thomas Young
8. Guy Thompson (c)
9. Dan Robson
10. Alex Lozowski
11. Josh Bassett
12. Brendan Macken