Artemyev: London is massive for Russia Sevens
This weekend's Marriott London Sevens sees Rugby World Cup Sevens hosts Russia competing with seven other sides for three core team places on next season's HSBC Sevens World Series.
The next time we see the Russians on the international stage will be in Moscow on 28-30 June where they will be competing for the Melrose Cup with 23 other sides, but whether they will be traveling to all nine rounds on the 2013/14 Series remains to be seen.
Russia's men have competed in just two of the eight rounds so far, in Dubai and at last weekend's Glasgow Sevens.
Following a heavy defeat in their opening match against USA, Russia's four other defeats were all by less than six points and to core sides Samoa, Wales and France (twice).
Perhaps most significantly, however, was there 41-7 defeat of Portugal, who they are joined by in Pool B.
"That [Glasgow Sevens] was really a big kind of building brick for us and we are really looking forward to Twickenham next weekend," said Vasily Artemyev.
"Obviously we didn't start very well against the US but we came within a grasp of all the games we lost. There are a lot of positives and hopefully we can sort out those mistakes, take them out of our game and we should win games.
"It's really important for us in terms of qualifying for the following year's World Series. Playing in this tournament is huge, just huge for us.
"There will be a lot of pressure. We have missed out on that core team status before and we really felt sorry for ourselves. Hopefully this time around we are not going to make excuses.
"We just have to come out there and show all the best moments, the best plays that we have and just look after the ball a bit more and show the top game we know we can play. It is a very busy couple of months ahead of us before the World Cup and Twickenham is just massive for the squad."
Another side playing in the the eight-team tournament is Spain, one of three sides attempting to re-qualify as a core side.
For Spain, Portugal and Scotland there are different pressures and significance, according to Spain's Carlos Blanco, but they could also have the extra edge having played in eight rounds this season already.
"It [core team status] is incredibly important, I don't know how to describe how important it is because the truth is there is nothing for us to drop down to if we are relegated, so it is pretty much everything or nothing.
"I think it is experience [that will be key in London]. This year has really helped us as we have played against the best teams in the world for eight tournaments and I think for us that is definitely going to help.
"And big tournament experience. For us last year in Hong Kong was a similar situation where we had everything to gain and we went through that well. I think experience will be pretty important when it comes to next weekend."