Since 7 Bamboos Rugby successfully became the first-ever GRFU affiliated rugby sevens club in the county, the team now called 7 Bamboos RFC, set their focus more and more on cooperating with other clubs from the area.
The close link with Hartpury College has helped 7 Bamboos RFC significantly in their recent development. Benefitting from the outstanding training facilities of the college and forming a tournament partnership also attracted more players from the Gloucestershire area to the 7s rugby development specialists.
Regular 7s training session lead by head coach Ryan Forshaw, become increasingly popular, especially at this part of the year. The 15s season is now over and a lot of young player’s are very enthusiastic about the game of 7s. According to Forshaw, “providing regular 7s training at one of the outstanding sport facilities in the country is a very unique offer, despite the rapid growth of the sport.”
Beside Hartpury College, the Bamboos also established a very valuable relationship with National 2 club Lydney. At the performance side, two Lydney players will make selection for the 7s side this weekend in Milton Keynes. Lydney's fitness coach, Jack Royle will captain the squad at the tournament while Callum Wyman, a contender for their young player of the season award, has been another great addition to the Bamboos squad. Jack O'Connell, also part of Lydney’s large pool of young talents will be missed as he is unavailable for selection, but is usually a regular starter for the Bamboos.
The partnership with Lydney also expanded to organisational parts of the 7s squad. As a result the team will be travelling in Lydney's minibus to future tournaments as part of the supportive partnership.
In future, the Bamboos plan to expand their offer and build further partnerships with clubs in the area.