Cato’s quick to catch the eye

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IF ENGLAND swallow-diving winger Chris Ashton was the first big name to have caught the eye at Bury’s ULR Sevens festival, Noah Cato may be the next to watch out for.

The England Sevens and Saxons cappped Northampton Saints winger was one of the stand-out names to be thundering through the tackles at The Haberden on Sunday, and looks to have a big future ahead of him.

And he believes Super Sevens Series tournaments like those at Bury provide a great opportunity for players to push their way back into Premiership and international sides.

The 5ft 11in, 15-stone winger has endured an injury-plagued season of frustration at Saints, with his appearances at the club limited to just seven.

But at the ULR Premier International Sevens at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, he demonstrated he is ready to get back to his best and pushing for his England XV cap, having already starred for the England Saxons second side and played for the England Sevens team in 2007.

The distinctively dreadlocked 24-year-old from Brighton said: “I think Sevens is an exciting game to watch and as a XVs team we don’t get to play it all that much, but it is certainly great from a grassroots level for people to get involved in because it is so exciting.

“It is a good introduction to rugby and showcases the best elements of it and for players like myself and some of the team here, I am coming back from injury, so these tournaments allow you to get a good run out and get some game time in. At the end of the year it is tough to get games in.”

He added: “Tournaments like this are good family days out with exciting rugby and they also provide a good social circuit for us players with some familiar faces, so it is nice to catch up with people.”