Northampton Saints half-back Ryan Glynn has set his sights on a starring role at this summer’s JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series as he looks to make amends for last year.
Saints and Glynn struggled in last year’s 7s Aviva Premiership curtain raiser, beating Leicester Tigers before losing to Sale and London Welsh to finish third in their group at Edgeley Park.
But following Monday’s launch, which will see Saints welcome their 2012 opposition to Franklin’s Gardens on Friday August 2 for Pool B, with the top two progressing to the final at Bath the following week, Glynn, 21 is targeting a far better outcome this time around.
“It’s always nice to get out there after a tough pre-season and the tournament has grown from strength to strength over the years that’s it been going,” said Glynn, speaking at the launch of the competition which took part at Saracens’ Allianz Park and is now in its fourth year.
“I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a traditionally young team for this tournament and that’s been good for us really, we’ve done relatively well and in the first year we got to the final down at the Rec.
“Last year I struggled a bit more up in Manchester, but hopefully we can do well at home again this year and get a good start to the year for the Saints.
“It is a serious competition, it’s a bit too early to say what kind of team we’re going to put out but I’m sure whoever is involved will obviously committed to putting in a good performance and getting a win.
“I think after last year’s Olympics people are looking forward to the next one already and with sevens being named as an Olympic sport, I think it’s exciting to think we could be watching someone in the Olympics who played in the tournament and hopefully we can see ourselves doing well in that.”
Glynn is currently dual registered with Championship outfit Moseley and is gaining valuable experience away from Franklin’s Gardens as he bids to ensure the Birmingham club hold on to their status in English rugby’s second tier.
The recent news that Samoan Kahn Fotuali’i will join Saints for next season, who already boast England’s Lee Dickson in their squad, means Glynn’s chances at Northampton are likely to be limited in the immediate future.
And with that in mind the youngster admits any chance to pull on the Saints jersey is one he must take with both hands.
“We’ve got a lot of strength in depth throughout the squad, especially at scrum-half with Khan coming in to join Lee,” he added.
“There is a lot of competition for the shirt so whenever you can pull a shirt on and play for Northampton it’s always a good opportunity to show what you can do.”
The second leg of J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s will be at Franklin’s Gardens, the home of Northampton Saints, on Friday 2 August. For tickets and more information visit: wwwjpmorgan7s.com or follow @jpmorganrugby7s