Jun 12, 2014
'I owe a lot to Sevens' says Strettle
It is a month to the day until Allianz Park hosts Sevens and the City.
On Saturday July 12th the home of Saracens will be welcoming four sides preparing for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as Simon Amor's England side as well as Kenya, Scotland and Wales will all be featuring in the multi-sport festival that has been organised by Matt Stevens and Saracens winger David Strettle.
Strettle is no stranger to the Sevens format. The 30-year-old 14 time England international cut his teeth in the professional games shortened code 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," said Strettle.
“It 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 opportunity 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."
Strettle, a member of the victorious England Sevens team at the 2006 Hong Kong Sevens, believes Sevens and City tap into the party atmosphere that elite Sevens tournaments are famous for.
"Having experienced so many amazing Sevens tournaments around the world, it’s such a great format of rugby. I’d say a party atmosphere goes hand in hand with sevens".
"Fans always seem to enjoy themselves on the sevens circuit and I'm sure they'll love the atmosphere at Sevens and the City," added Strettle.
“We’ll have live bands, an onsite DJ which will carry long into the night after the festival has finished. There will be different types of food stalls available, lots of beer tents, champagne bars, mojito bars – it should be some day hopefully".
Spectator seats are still available for Sevens and the City - click here for details.