Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons and their senior side that will return to the top flight after a year’s absence has been backed to benefit hugely from their association with Sevens rugby.
The club was in Bath recently to take part in the JP Morgan Chase Premiership Rugby Sevens and Mark Laycock, the club’s assistant coach was quick to highlight the advantages that the abbreviated code has. There have been many former Sevens internationals players in the past to push hard and force their way into 15-man teams and The Falcons side have long been advocates of the shortened format of the game.
Laycock stated that the Sevens game is on the rise now and has been so for the last few years and after being accepted as an Olympic sport beginning with the Rio Games in 2016, the format will grow even more. He mentioned that with the Premiership Sevens and then the World Club Sevens, fans have a lot to look forward to and also aids in the development of the game.
The Newcastle Falcons assistant coach went on to add that the games are very quick and exciting and many have gone down to the very last minute of the play. He mentioned that there are a lot less players on the pitch and, hence, there is a lot more space to exploit and it is only about using the ball in the right way.
The Newcastle Falcons begin their return campaign to the Aviva Premiership when they host Bath Rugby on the 6th of September at the club’s Kingston Park stadium and Director of Rugby Dean Richards will be hoping the club’s association with the Sevens format helps the club maintain its status in the top flight for years to come at least.