An Aviva Premierships Sevens Invitational Side
With the World Rugby 7s Series well under way, we thought it was high time we put together our own Aviva Premiership Select 7s side that would make a formidable force on the circuit.
So before we show our seven, what attributes does a rugby player need to make it on the sevens circuit?
- Outrageous Stash
Below is the VII we would select from the Aviva Premiership, let us know your thoughts and who you would have…
The first name that came to mind when picking this team. He tore up lasts season’s Premiership 7s and was one of the Aviva’s stars tipped to represent Team GB in Rio. With a low centre of gravity and a turn of pace a David Attenborough’s baby iguana would be proud of, the Wasps wing goes straight into the side.
So long as the Welshman isn’t under going another HIA, North would make a huge asset in the centre or out on the wing. The Lion’s big frame, speed and direct running style, would put the fear of god into any defender facing him.
The Charismatic 10 who needs no introduction (unless you’re the number 36 bus). The Wasps fly-half may not have the gas of a traditional 7s player, but what he lacks in pace her certainly makes up for in flare. With his slight of hand and pin-point accuracy with the boot, he will unlock defences all day long.
Another easy pick. Would’ve been on the plane to Rio had it not been for injury. With his scything pace and the ability to get quick ball he would cause all sorts of headaches for oppositions.
Is there a team-sheet out there in world rugby you wouldn’t put him on? His natural-born leadership alone is enough to get him into the side, but his athleticism and and raw power make him too good to ignore.
New to The Rec this season and a stalwart in the Wales XV side, ‘Toby’ gets the nod. His ball carrying and off-loading are second to none in the 15 man game, and carrying that in to the 7s version is scary thought.
A fourth Wasps player thrown into the side. The Fijian born back-row has proved his ability not only at domestic level, but on the international stage as well. Like Maro, Hughes’s athletic ability makes him a force to be reckoned with, that mixed with his off-loading skill would prove key in a sevens side.
Again, don’t forget to let us know who you would have in your Premiership 7s side to compete in the world series.