Saracens & England winger David Strettle predicts that the state-of-the-art 4G surface at Allianz Park will provide the perfect surface for running rugby, as the build-up to next weekend JP Morgan Asset Management Sevens continues.
“Staging the Pool stages of the JP Morgan 7s at Allianz Park is great” says Strettle.
“Allianz Park is renowned for its fantastic atmosphere and great surface and both of those things are perfect for sevens. The surface is perfect for fast, running rugby and it I’m sure you’ll see some great tries next Saturday.
The Warrington born flyer is no stranger to the Sevens format; Strettle cut his teeth in the professional games shortened code and was a member of the victorious England Sevens team at the 2006 Hong Kong Sevens and was included in the England squad for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games.
“I owe a lot to sevens; it gave me the chance to put myself in the shop window as a player and I really enjoyed the freedom the game gives you” revealed the 30 year-old.
“Sevens is a game where you can get plenty of chances to express yourself. You get to see the ball a hell of a lot more, and have the chance to go at players and you have plenty of chances. Sevens will punish you if you don’t have the complete skills base and if you make a mistake you have a chance to immediately rectify it, which in the fifteen a-side format you can have to wait a whole game, or even in some games you won’t have a chance to do so.
“One of my favourite moments of my career so far was the final of the Honk Kong Sevens in 2006; we were getting beat by Fiji as the final hooter went but somehow we managed to go up the other end and score. The crowd went absolutely crazy, and it is a moment that will stay with me forever”.
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