9 July 2012, 3:30pm
By his own admission Bath Rugby winger and former England 7's star Tom Biggs would not be the player he is today if not for the experiences he picked up in the shorter form of the game.
The 27-year-old, who recently signed a new two-year deal at the Rec, has been a star-turn in the Blue, Black and White this year, finishing the season as top try scorer and supporter's player of the year.
But before his career took off in the XV-man game back in 2008, Biggs was already making a name for himself on the 7's circuit with a string of impressive displays for England in the 7's World Series.
"Sevens is a fantastic sport and to be honest it's a shame that you cannot mix the two because I would love to still get the chance to play it from time to time," he said. "And that's why events like the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7's are so important.
"It's going to be an Olympic sport soon enough so it's only going to get more popular and I think that's fantastic.
"It's a great sport in its own right but the skills that it brings to the XV man game cannot be discounted either, both in terms of handling the ball but also your fitness. It helps in all areas of the game really and when I went away in 2008 to do a full year on the circuit I came back so much fitter and a better all-round player."