The Bamboos at last year's SW7s Festival
After hosting one of the biggest Hartpury Sevens tournaments to date, the Bamboos crew had a few days to recover from an extremely busy but successful weekend. With another challenging task in sight, the team is back in action on Saturday and Sunday at the SW7s Festival in Bristol.
In good tradition, 7 Bamboos Rugby works closely alongside the biggest 7s event in the South West, which takes place for the fourth time this summer. Following two years at Clifton Rugby, the event has moved to Cleve Rugby Club in the North-East of Bristol. Since then SW7s has grown from strength to strength and 2018 is set to become a breakthrough year for the festival, which runs beside two men’s and two women’s 7s competitions also a netball tournament. In addition, visitors can look forward to DJs, live music, food stalls and a camping site.
Senior rugby on Saturday, juniors on Sunday
All the senior rugby will be staged on Saturday and the Bamboos are represented with a women’s and men’s side in the top competitions. For the men’s it will be the first run-around this season while the women launched their respective season at the Hartpury Sevens.
However, SW7s is not just all about senior rugby, as the tournament also hosts the biggest junior 7s competition in the area. 16 under-15s and eight under-14s teams will travel to Cleve on Sunday to compete in the SW7s Development Cup, a tournament which was launched last year in partnership with 7 Bamboos Rugby.
This year, the tournament will be run under the new X Rugby 7s rules, a new initiative by the RFU which aims to encourage new players to try the sport as well as offers a great opportunity for the youngsters to play 7s during the summer months.
But the Sunday is not only for the boys! We are also running some Girls Development Sessions for all u15s female rugby players. Together with the Bristol Rugby Ladies and Bamboos players and coaches, the girls will get the opportunity to train the game under professional guidance and in front of a large festival crowd. The sessions are free of charge and interested players can still sign up here.