Singha Premiership Rugby 7s: Youngsters shine as the Singha 7s Groups are decided

Harlequins, Northampton Saints, Newcastle Falcons, and Sale Sharks all secured their places at the Ricoh Arena next weekend for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Finals.


Quins topped Group C at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening, with Northampton Saints going through in second place, while over at Kingston Park in Group D Newcastle Falcons qualified top of the pile at home, with Sale Sharks coming through in second.


They join Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys from Group A and Exeter Chiefs and Wasps from Group B at the Ricoh on Sunday 7th August, meaning that all four of the Group hosts, Cardiff, Exeter, Northampton, and Newcastle, have qualified for the finals.


Cardiff Blues will take on Sale Sharks in their quarter final, Sale Sharks had arguably the standout player of the weekend in Paolo Odogwu up in Newcastle as he broke Christian Wade’s Premiership 7s try scoring record, scoring eight tries across the three games.


He was part of an exciting Sale squad that included fellow recent school leavers Ben and Tom Curry, as well as England U20 star George Nott.


Nevertheless they were not quite good enough to prevent a Newcastle Falcons side, who were playing terrific rugby, from finishing at the top of the pile, with Joel Hodgson a particular menace to each and every opposition.


Newcastle will play the Ospreys in their quarter final, the Ospreys having finish second in Group A last week, ahead of Newport Gwent Dragons, the defending champions.


With the finals being played at the Ricoh Arena it is perhaps fitting that Wasps will be there to take to the turf at the home ground. They face a Harlequins side who were truly outstanding as they propelled themselves to the top of Group C on Friday night, ahead of hosts Northampton Saints as well as Gloucester, traditionally one of the strongest 7s sides, and a very youthful Saracens.


Quins had plenty of youth too in the likes of Max Coyle, Gabirel Ibitoye, and Dino Lamb-Cona, but it was another youngster, Cameron Cowell, who really lit things up. The youngster is part of the England 7s set up and showed all of his quality on Friday evening to help his adopted side for the evening through.


Northampton Saints finished up in second place, for which their reward is a quarter finals against Exeter Chiefs. Saints too had a bit of a try scoring machine in former England U20 star Howard Packman, but it was another young winger who really looked like the glue of the team, Tom Collins was an absolute star for them.


Singha Premiership Rugby 7s – Final Group Standings
PosGroup AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1Cardiff Blues (Q)Exeter Chiefs (Q)Harlequins (Q)Newcastle Falcons (Q)
2Ospreys (q)Wasps (q)Northampton Saints (q)Sale Sharks (q)
3Newport Gwent DragonsBristolGloucesterWorcester Warriors
4ScarletsBathSaracensLeicester Tigers


Finals Day Fixtures (Ricoh Arena – Sunday 7th August)


Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints

Wasps v Harlequins

Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys


Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Squads – Group C:


GloucesterHarlequinsNorthampton SaintsSaracens
David HalaifonuaCam CowellTom CollinsBen Earl
Joe MullisGabriel IbitoyeGeorge FurbankJack Nay
Will SafeMax CoyleHoward PackmanCallum Sirker
Tom HudsonDino Lamb-ConaJames GraysonJason Hill
Harry RandallRobbie NairnSam OlverJarrad Haylor
Mason TonksOscar Hirskyj-DouglasTom EmeryTom Whiteley (c)
Dan ThomasJames GulliverFraser DingwallKevin Barrett
Lewis LudlowJonas MikalciusLewis LudlamAlex Gliksten
Callum Braley (c)Calum Waters (c)Sion Bennett (c)Alistair Crossdale
Lloyd EvansJames LangAlex RaymentDom Morris
Mat ProtheroeSam Aspland-RobinsonJames FishRotimi Segun
Elliott CreedHenry CheesemanJasper DixNick Forster


Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Squads – Group D:


Leicester TigersNewcastle FalconsSale SharksWorcester Warriors
Sam LewisDan Temm (c)Tom CurryTom Dodd
Harry MahoneySantiago SocinoBen CurryJaike Carter
Charlton KerrGlen YoungM PostlethwaiteSam Ripper-Smith
Harry SimmonsMax DaviesAndy HughesHuw Taylor (c)
Ben White (c)Harrison OrrGeorge NottTed Hill
Sam YawayawaAdam RadwanJames Mitchell (c)Ben Fowles
Jordan OlowofelaDan MarshallCurtis LangdonJosh Adams
Freddie TuilagiTom CatterickSam BedlowTiff Eden
Tommy ReffellRuaridh DawsonPaolo OdogwuHarry Cochrane
Tom HardwickJoel HodgsonNick ScottDion King
Ollie RussellBen StevensonTom MortonJordan Ainslie
Andy BrownTom FfitchCharlie VenablesCraig Jackson
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