18 March 2013, 3:16pm
Premiership Rugby today confirmed the draw for the 2013 J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series.
The Series, which is now in its fourth year, will kick off at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium on Thursday 1st August, culminating in another high-octane Final at the Rec on Friday 9th August.
Former England International, World Cup winner and J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s ambassador Will Greenwood is relishing the start of the series:
"It's a great evening of summer rugby, a show case of the exceptional young talent who are coming through the Premiership ranks," said Greenwood.
"There's no space to hide in this game and the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s series offers a fantastic platform to develop their skills, their fitness and their taste of playing for their club on a big stage. It's a cracking night of entertainment and fast flowing rugby and I for one can't wait to get down to see all the action."
The 2013 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series is split into three qualifying legs, and a Final, contested by all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs. The only Sevens event where you can watch the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides battle against one another.
Pool A sees Gloucester Rugby host Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, and Worcester Warriors on Thursday 1 August.
Twenty four hours later Pool B features Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, London Welsh, and Sale Sharks at Franklin's Gardens.
Completing the pool stages on Saturday 2 August at Saracens' Allianz Park; Harlequins, holders London Irish and London Wasps will take on the hosts for a place in the Final in Pool C.
The three pool stages and the final will be the first rugby union covered live on the new BT Sport channels. Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has signed with BT Sport to become its leading rugby union expert and he can't wait for the new J.P. Morgan
Premiership Rugby 7s Series to kick off.
Back in 1993 Dallaglio was a member of the successful England team that won the Sevens World Cup at Murrayfield.
Lawrence Dallaglio, BT Sport said: "I loved my time playing Sevens so fully understand how important it can be in the development of young players, the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series has established itself in the rugby calendar and I expect the 2013 event to be a great showcase for Sevens.
"Rugby's admission into the Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016, will take the sport on to a new level and increase its global appeal."
The J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 1st August at Gloucester with rounds at Franklin Gardens, Allianz Park and The Recreation Ground. For tickets and more information visit the website or follow @jpmorganrugby7s
Thursday 1st August
Kingsholm, Gloucester Rugby
Pools: Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, Worcester Warriors
Friday 2nd August
Franklins Gardens, Northampton Saints
Pools: Leicester Tigers, London Welsh, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks
Saturday 3rd August
Allianz Park, Saracens
Pools: Harlequins, London Irish, London Wasps, Saracens
Friday 9th August
The Recreation Ground, Bath Rugby
Pools: Top 2 from each regional pool