Northampton Saints: winners of Group C at the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens
The inaugural JP Morgan Premiership Sevens will reach its climax on Friday as the best six teams from the group stages meet in Bath to fight it out for the title.
Saracens and Harlequins qualified from the London leg, Newcastle and Sale overcame Leeds and Leicester, whilst Exeter and Northampton went past Bath and Gloucester to set up the final showdown.
The series has generally featured some of the clubs’ younger squad members so far, although players such as Andrew Higgins of Exeter, Ben Skirving of Bath and George Ford of Leicester have graced the pitches in the group stages so far.
It’s been a showcase of young talent, including 17-year-old Truro College student Rob Coote lining up for Exeter, and no fewer than 7 18-year-olds in Gloucester’s squad of 12. Now there is silverware up for grabs tomorrow night at The Rec, and there’s a chance that some of the sides might be bolstering their squads with senior players.
England Sevens star Rob Vickerman has already been added to the Falcons’ squad, and we’re expecting a few more recognisable names when the other squads are confirmed ahead of kick-off tomorrow.
The finals are live on ESPN – and that’s not the last time we’ll say that this season, as they are broadcasting two Aviva Premiership matches every weekend. I wonder if my wife will notice if I upgrade our subscription (again).