Paul Diggin's pre-season preparations will continue at the JP Morgan 7s on Friday ©© Getty Images
Rugby News Experienced Saints squad named for JP Morgan 7s at the Gardens
The Saints have named a 12-man squad packed with sevens, Premiership Rugby and international experience as the JP Morgan 7s Series lands at Franklin's Gardens on Friday evening, August 2nd.
Seven of the selection played the shortened version of the game for the club at either the JP Morgan 7s or Bury St. Edmunds 7s in 2012/13 including Paul Diggin, who is the leading try scorer among the current Saints squad in the XV-man game.
Another name to catch the eye is Vasily Artemyev, the Russian wing having recently helped the Bears capture the Bowl at the Rugby World Cup 7s in his home city of Moscow.
Junior World Championship winners Alex Day, Will Hooley and Tom Stephenson are joined by their England Under-20 teammate and Six Nations winner Tom Collins while sevens skipper Ryan Glynn will lead the side in his fourth straight JP Morgan 7s Series.
Fly half Sam Olver makes a JP7s bow having impressed at the Bury 7s back in May and Academy forwards Harry Betts and Sam Harry are also included.
The squad is boosted by the inclusion of forwards Buster Lawrence and Olly Robinson, who will link up with the Saints sevens squad as part of the club's on-going relationship with Championship side Moseley. The duo were star performers at Billesley Common last term and all but cleaned up at the club's end of season awards.
It is a link strengthened off the field, too, with Mose wing and former England sevens flyer Simon Hunt joining up with the Saints on the coaching side of things ahead of both the JP Morgan 7s and World Club 7s in August.
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SAINTS SQUAD FOR JP MORGAN 7s SERIES
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 2013
Ryan GLYNN (capt)
*Sevens international with Russia
JP MORGAN 7s POOL B FIXTURES
7:15pm - Falcons v Saints
7:40pm - Tigers v Sharks
8:10pm - Tigers v Falcons
8:35pm - Saints v Sharks
9:05pm - Falcons v Sale Sharks
9:30pm - Tigers v Saints