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 as this year’s edition lands at Allianz Park on 3 August.
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 countdown to the second set of group games getting underway.
With all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs split across three regional rounds, Saracens, Harlequins, London Irish and London Wasps will play each other in Group c to see which teams will go on to fight it out for the title in the Series Final at The Rec on Friday 9 August.
The home fans packing out Allianz Park a week today will be hoping to see their side get the new season off to a flyer.
And Saracens have a great weapon to call upon in the form of James Short – the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s’ record try-scorer.
“It’s nice to have a bit of a run around and score a few tries, it’s an enjoyable day, or couple of days if we get through to Finals day,” Short said.
“Every time I’ve played in the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s I have played quite well as have all the lads. For me personally I’d like to improve upon what I’ve done previously in this tournament and set the standard for the rest of the season.
“The first year out of the three it has been going we won it, and the last couple of years we’ve got to the Finals day but it’s not gone our way. We’ve not got over that final hurdle.
“Every time I go out I try to have a bit of a run out, hopefully I can add to that total of 15 tries. I enjoy playing. I’ve been brought up playing 7s, but I enjoy playing in a more professional environment.”
The third leg of the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s will be at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, on Saturday 3 August. For tickets and more information click here.