Sevens Rugby saved me :Tom Varndell

Tom Varndell believes that playing for England Sevens restored his faith in his rugby ability after two years in the dumps.

The winger had a dream double try debut for London Wasps in their opening day victory over Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium.

And the 23-year-old told today’s RFU Podcast that linking up with England Sevens again last season while in the wilderness at Welford Road kept him going.

“Sevens is fantastic for me because I get a lot of time on the ball and loads of space to run. “

“The boys were massive for me last year because I was so low and I needed a boost – they did that for me.” said Varndell.

“I didn’t play much for Leicester but Sevens helped me think that I’m not such a bad player – the World Cup in Dubai, Hong Kong, Adelaide, they are fantastic places.

“Ben Ryan (England Sevens Head Coach) and Ollie Phillips, who was IRB Sevens Player of the Year, were fantastic and I’d love to be part of it again.

“I’m a confidence player and last year I was low on that. But now I have that hunger and desire back that I had lost for 18 months, maybe two years.”

“I’m loving my rugby at the moment.”

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