With the Rio Olympics now in view 7s has never been bigger – and that is certainly the case for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series with this year’s edition kicking off in seven days on August 1st at Premiership Rugby club Gloucester’s home ground Kingsholm.
And to mark this occasion a giant orange seven measuring a staggering 23 metres in width by 49 metres in length was unveiled at the club’s ground today to signal the count down to the start of the tournament.
With all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs split across three regional rounds, the opening group of the tournament sees Gloucester Rugby, Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors battling it out for a place in the Series Final at the Rec on Friday August 9.
The series then moves to Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens on the evening of Friday 2nd August for group B which is made up of Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks. Completing the group stages on Saturday 3rd August at Saracens’ Allianz Park; Harlequins, holders London Irish and London Wasps will take on the hosts for a place in the Final.
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio and new rugby expert for BT Sport who will be showing the series live, knows a thing or two about how important 7s is having won the inaugural Rugby World Cup 7s in 1993 and he admits he can’t wait for this year’s competition to get underway.
“The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s is really the start of the season and it covers the opening few weekends and starts the coverage of BT Sport,” he said.
“7s is becoming such a massive sport. We have just had the Rugby 7s World Cup and we have 7s coming into the Olympic Games in 2016 and it has really been growing.”
Although he stated that the game is far different from when he played it, “The only thing that is the same in the game of 7s since I played in the 1993 Rugby World Cup 7s is that there are seven players on the pitch. It is a much more dynamic and explosive game and one you are far better off watching than playing.”
The J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s starts on August 1st at Gloucester with rounds at Franklin’s Gardens, Allianz Park with the final at The Rec, Bath. For tickets and more information visit: www.jpmorgan7s.com or follow @jpmorganrugby7s