IT is all about swift transitions for head of rugby Steve Larkins who wants Truro College to adapt quickly when they head to the 75th anniversary of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, writes Marios Papaloizou of Sportsbeat
With 7,500 boys and girls aged 13 to 18 from more than 600 teams set to gather in west London on Monday for the annual Rosslyn Park Sevens, Truro will be bidding for their first ever taste of glory.
The main prize on offer at the world’s largest schools' sevens tournament is a chance for the Open event finalists to run out at Twickenham during the final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Truro are in that Open competition but, while most teams have finished their XVs seasons, there’s is still ongoing and Larkins is hoping that his team are able to deal with the change in discipline.
The College have never won a Rosslyn Park Sevens title but, full of belief that his side are more than capable of making progress on its 75th anniversary, Larkins is wary of the calibre of opposition.
“It will be really tough because the standard is high and sometimes it just comes down to the odd refereeing decision here or there and there is nothing you can about it,” said Larkins.
“There are a lot of teams there and they are all good sides so we have to be at our very best. We are just looking to get through to day two and then we will see what we can do.
“We are still playing XVs at the moment so it is slightly disrupted preparation and we haven’t got the luxury of focusing just on sevens and we need to adapt quickly to make sure we do well.
“It can be difficult to make that transition so quickly because it is a very different game.”
The Rosslyn Park Sevens has a history of starting the careers of rugby legends – namely Gareth Edwards, Will Carling, Lawrence Dallaglio, Neil Back, Rob Andrew and Rory Underwood.
And Larkins believes that some of Truro’s squad are destined to play Premiership rugby in the future but doesn’t think having those players will give his side an edge.
“We have had some really good players come through here and there will be some lads at Rosslyn Park who will be playing for Exeter or be on their radar for next season,” he said.
“I don’t think having those boys there will give us any sort of advantage because sevens is a tricky game but it’s in our mentality and our nature to always want to win every match we play.”
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