Former England captain Nick Easter, who plays as the No. 8 for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Harlequins FC has hailed the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s as a brilliant competition and hopes that more and more youngsters will emerge from the competition in the years to come.

Over the years, the pre-season tournament has become a favorite place for the Aviva Premiership clubs to blood in the promising youngsters in their ranks so that they can get some valuable playing time on the pitch and gain some experience.

And according to the former England skipper, this is brilliant way to go about the process as the management team can assess a player first hand as to how he reacts to pressure and the crowd, something which wouldn’t have been possible if the players were sent out on loan to other lower division clubs.

Harlequins FC won the Aviva Premiership title for the first time in their history on the back of strong performances from some of their young players, and according to Nick Easter, who has won 47 international caps for the England national team, this pre-season tournament has been a key ingredient to the recent success achieved by the club.

He stated that the Rugby 7s is an important tournament for the team, adding that the 7s had always been an important factor in determining the skill set of a player much more than the 15s and it has proved to be the case yet again with the huge success of the tournament.

And Nick Easter has hailed the management of the club as well of the other Aviva Premiership sides for taking the tournament seriously, adding that it will only turn out to be the breeding ground for future superstars for the clubs and national teams.