Sevens coach Morgan wants youngsters to fulfil their potential
OLLY Morgan believes Gloucester's World Club Sevens examination will only bolster his long-term coaching credentials, writes Steven Impey.
The 27-year-old full-back will lead the Cherry and Whites in the inaugural two-day world sevens competition at Twickenham this weekend.
Former Millfield School pupil Morgan coached Gloucester to the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens crown at Bath's Recreation Ground last Friday.
Now he will send the Kingsholm short-format squad into action against the Moscow Region, New York and Western Province in tomorrow's pool stages.
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Gloucester will be gunning for overall glory, with the knockout action for both cup and plate competitions taking place on Sunday.
Morgan is still embroiled in his marathon quest for full fitness following multiple knee ligament surgery some 20 months ago.
Having experienced his squad's potential first hand at Bath, Morgan is optimistic Twickenham will offer the exuberance of youth another chance to shine.
"Coaching is definitely something I enjoy," said Morgan, who is excited by the depth of talent at the club ahead of the new season.
"I especially love working with the young guys coming through.
"Getting the best out of them is very important to me.
"I don't see why we can't do well at Twickenham after our performance in Bath.
"It's something that I would like to continue in the future but, ultimately, there are still other things I need to focus on."
Morgan has not wasted his rehabilitation time, exploiting the opportunity to help create plays for Gloucester's back-three and guide the younger Kingsholm squad members too.
"I suppose the injury has really helped me understand where I need to be," Morgan continued.
"I obviously know what the injury means from a playing perspective.
"For now, I need to concentrate on my rehabilitation and my knee and things like that.
"But it has also helped me realise where I want to be outside of rugby and where I want to see myself in the future.
"So I have been looking mainly at things to do to implement that and that would make it an easy transition if that's how it turns out."
GLOUCESTER: M Thomas (capt), A Satala, D Robson, A Qera, A Bulumakau, M Cox, N Codlin, G Evans, R McAtee, B Burns, S Reynolds, D Cheshire.