Saints youngster Olver ready to show his worth in sevens scrap

Sam Olver
Sam Olver

As a fly-half by trade, kicking on comes naturally to Sam Olver.

The 20-year-old made his mark at Saints at the end of last season, impressing in four appearances during the second half of the campaign.

He scored a try in the LV- Cup defeat at Saracens in March and was given his Premiership debut as a replacement at Leicester in May.

And now he wants to continue his progression by adding to his total of seven senior games in the forthcoming campaign.

“I was pleased to make my Premiership debut, along with Howard Packman,” Olver said.

“It was a great experience, something I dreamed of as a kid and I’m just hoping this year I can kick on and get a few more.

“It was really enjoyable to score that try at Saracens.

“It was a shame about the end result but it was a good learning curve for me and hopefully I can push on and get more opportunities.”

OIver has the responsibility of skippering Saints in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night.

And he knows it will be a good stage for him to once again showcase his talents, especially with hosts Wasps naming the likes of Christian Wade and Elliot Daly in their squad.

“It will be tough, but anything can happen on the day,” Olver said.

“We’ve got an exciting squad that will just want to go out and play some rugby and they’ve got nothing to lose really.

“We’ll go out, chuck the ball about and see what we can do.

JJ Hanrahan has arrived from Munster this summer and the Irish back has stated his desire to stake his claim for the Saints 10 shirt.

That will add to the competition with regular incumbent Stephen Myler and Olver already at the club.

And Olver said: “Saints are looking to add to the squad and make it better.

“They’ve added JJ so it will be good competition with me, him and Stevie to fight for that place.

“We’re all different types of player.

“Stevie’s got a bit more control. He’s got the experience of leading Saints a lot of times. He has that control and understanding.

“Me and JJ have just got to try to put him under pressure.”