With the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership 7s finals just one day away Kevin Barrett talks about the 2010 final where he led a youthful Saracens including the likes of Owen Farrell, Jackson Wray and George Kruis to the inaugural JP Morgan 7s title against the Newcastle Falcons.
“My memories of the 2010 final were that we had two high intensity games one after the other and the quick turnaround left the whole squad pretty fatigued” said Barrett who scored two tries in the 17-5 win.
“But we managed to get into the final” he added, “as a squad were very tired but I was very proud of the character the guys showed and to come away with the win was a great lift for the squad going into what a very successful season for the club”.
“It has been great to see several of those guys in 2010 team push onto regular first team and in some cases international recognition action since that win”.
Unexpectedly Barrett now has the chance to add a 2013 title medal to his collection after the recently retired 33 year-old was coaxed out of retirement as injuries have decimated the Saracens sevens squad.
“It has been completely unexpected – but if my experience can help to ease the injury crisis we’ve faced than I more than happy to help”.
“Being part backroom staff for the first leg and now being part of the playing squad is a unique opportunity for me” revealed the former England 7s captain.
“I’ve enjoyed watching the lads qualify for this week’s finals – they played some great stuff on Saturday and I hope that we can continue that good work this Friday, albeit with some enforced changes to the squad”.