Jul 29, 2016
Introducing the Saracens Singha 7s squad
Saracens have named their squad for Friday evening’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series at Franklin’s Gardens, here we take a closer look at who will be taking to the field on Friday evening.
Ben Earl: A highly-rated back rower England age group back row forward who is a part of the Saracens Senior Academy. From Tonbridge School in Kent. He has featured for the Saracens Storm last season and can play in both the number six and number eight jersey will aplomb in the fifteen a-side game.
Jack Nay: Another exciting loose forward prospect who joined the Academy ranks this summer, having impressed in recent Saracens Storm fixtures and has played for England U18s in the recent Six Nations Championship. Highly competitive with a real engine.
Callum Sirker : A late replacement for Ethan Waddleton, Sirker is a former Wasps academy player who is currently a member of the England 7s Development squad.
Jason Hill: A Samurai 7s player who is currently training with Bedford Blues. A back rower, Hill has previously played for Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and Heriots. He has represented Scotland at Under 18s and Under 20s, and at Club XV level.
Jarrod Hayler: Coached by Sarries flanker Kelly Brown as part of the Navy Rugby Union side flanker Jarred Hayler has been training at Saracens alongside Navy teammate Dave Fairbrother during the preseason, and will take part in the Singha 7s. He has also played for Plymouth Albion.
Tom Whiteley: Captain of the side, Whiteley is a Sevens specialist and led Saracens 7s superbly well in last season’s Singha 7s at the Ricoh Arena. A scrum-half with an eye for the game and explosive acceleration, Whiteley will certainly be one to watch on Friday evening.
Kevin Barrett: After retiring from the professional game Barrett has continued to play for National One side Ampthill and has turned out for Saracens 7s on occasions. Now a member of the Saracens strength and conditioning department, Barrett showed in last season’s Premiership 7s flashes of his reduced format expertise, with the former England 7s captain tipped to play an important role at Franklin’s Gardens.
Alex Gliksten: Alex joined the Sarries Senior Academy this summer having previously turned out for Wasps. The former Harrow student is a livewire scrumhalf and is threatening with ball in hand.
Alistair Crossdale: Fly-half or full-back Ali Crossdale linked up with Saracens after spells at Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons earlier in his career. The former Sedbergh student is a highly promising prospect, and is a real threat in open space. Friday evening is an opportunity for the talented youngster to showcase his ability.
Dominic Morris: A livewire centre, Morris has represented England at both U20 and U18 levels and will be a running threat for Saracens 7s on Friday.
Rotimi Segun: England U18s flyer who has run the 100m in 11.03 seconds in his school days is now a member of the Saracens Academy after he joined from rivals Northampton Saints. Segun, who will continue his studies whilst at the club, could light up Group C on his return to the Gardens.
Nick Foster: Utility back for National One side Old Albanians, who is able to cover 9, 10, and 15 in the fifteen-a-side game. Has represented England Counties and played for Championship outfit Nottingham. A talented sevens player, who has played for Red wailers, Rugby For Heroes and Viper10AllStars in the reduced format. Strong, with great footwork.
The Singha 7s sees Saracens face hosts Northampton Saints, Gloucester and Harlequins in action from 19h00, with the top two teams on the day earning a place in the finals at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday August 7 alongside Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Exeter Chiefs and Wasps who have already booked their place in Coventry