Jul 25, 2017
Saracens looking to 'enjoy' Singha 7s experience - Whiteley
Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley is hoping to use all his experience of competing at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to help guide his team to glory next weekend at Franklin’s Gardens.
The 22-year-old has taken part in the last four annual curtain raisers to the Aviva Premier Rugby season and this year all 12 top flight sides will compete at a single venue.
The competition takes place on Friday and Saturday and the Whiteley is more confident than ever that Saracens can go all the way.
He said: “I am confident, for sure. This is the most confident I have been so we will see. I just want to see the lads go out there and enjoy it, there’s no pressure on our shoulders.
“If we lose then we lose but we can go out there, have fun and give ourselves the best chance possible and have a great time.
“We have a close team this year, before it hasn’t always clicked and hopefully we can click this time.”
The 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs have been drawn into four groups of three teams with the 12 group games taking place on Friday night, starting with defending champions Wasps versus Newcastle Falcons.
Saracens will meet Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs in Group D with the placings from the group stage determining whether teams enter the Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions on the Saturday with the action getting underway at 3pm.
Whiteley has been putting in the hard yards this pre-season and cannot wait to line-up to be part of the Saracens side next weekend.
“It’s been a pretty tough pre-season and every year Singha Premiership Rugby 7s always splits up the pre-season and it gives the chance for a lot of the young lads to prove themselves on the pitch and show the coaches what they can do,” he said.
“You can gain a lot of confidence because you’re going out there against the best youngsters in the country, going toe-to-toe with them in 7s where if you make a mistake it’s seen and if you do something amazing it’s seen so it’s a chance to prove yourself and I am very excited for the opportunity.
“It can give you a head start to the other players, it gets you into contact and gives you that rugby fitness that you don’t always get in pre-season.
“You can do as much running as you want but when you step out for that first match of the season it’s always a lot more tiring so it can give you that start and I cannot wait to get out there next week.”