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Grayson: Sevens silverware would be massive boost

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James Grayson says that the club’s sevens side will go to the Ricoh Arena on Sunday determined to bring silverware back to Franklin’s Gardens and that success would provide the entire squad with a huge boost ahead of the 2016/17 season.

The Saints secured their place at the finals on Sunday with victories over Saracens and Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night, and will face Exeter Chiefs in the quarter finals in Coventry.

Speaking after the pool stage at the Gardens on Friday, Grayson said: “Silverware is silverware; having that under our name will be awesome.

“It’s a big challenge but we’ll go there with the intentions to come away with some silverware. The Singha Sevens title would be great for us as a whole squad, not just the lads playing, so it’d be nice to have.”

Grayson also went on to say how important the home support was, with the Saints bouncing back from defeat against Harlequins to secure a victory over Saracens before coming from two tries down to beat Gloucester.

“The crowed reared up at the end and gave us a massive boost to finish over the line. Gloucester were a tough outfit. They took the lead and then we showed some good grit to come back and finish well.”

This year's sevens squad has both young and experienced players, with Grayson saying how valuable it is for the younger players to experience playing in front of large numbers of spectators.

"I think having that kind of experience of playing in front of crowds, if your time comes as a young lad, is good to have in your side.

"Playing with people watching you with a bit of pressure is good for you; I think it pushes you to that next level."

Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. For tickets visit wasps.co.uk/tickets