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This has been far more challenging than last week due to the number of largely unknown names in the squads, but there is still plenty of talent, and In At The Side has picked what we think will think will be the cream of the crop at Edgely Park Tonight. We had a pretty good time of things with our ones to watch last week, most notably Alex Gray, so let’s see how we get on this week.
Will Addison (Sale Sharks). Cumbrian Addison is a versatile player who can play at centre, wing or full back because of his pace, handling skills and running lines. Addison scored one of the tries of the season last year against Harlequins and has a bright future in the fifteen a side game. His attributes in the fifteen a side game will fit nicely into the seven a side form with the extra space and time he will have.
Gerhard Vessels (London Welsh). Vessels will be a guest player for London Welsh tonight, and he is a real coup for the exiles. Vessels has a successful sevens past behind him with the army and Samurai. Vessels has a huge engine, and rarely makes a mistake. Expect the South African to be key in the closing stages of games.
Anders Mogensen (Northampton Saints). Zimbabwe born but West country educated at Millfield School. Mogensen announced himself at last year’s JP Morgan sevens with an electric performance. Mogensen has represented England at u 16’s and 18’s level. Now 21 years old, Mogensen will look to impose himself on all forms of senior rugby starting at Edgely Park tonight. Look out for his pace or your eyes might miss him!
Charlie Amesbury (Sale Sharks). The former Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and England sevens player Amesbury will be one of the more experienced players on show tonight. Amesbury made his starting premiership debut for Quins in the 2007/2008 season against leeds, but has only clocked up around 30 premiership caps for the three clubs. He is a sevens international, so one would expect his experience to be key for the hosts tonight.
Rhodri McAtee (London Welsh). McAtee is another guest player for London Welsh who recruited well for this tournament with clear intentions to qualify for the finals at the Rec. McAtee has signed for Plymouth Albion next season from the Cornish Pirates. McAtee was a part of the Welsh sevens team that won the world cup in 2009.
By Mike Dolan