This weekend the Bamboos women’s and men’s team are back in business playing at the West Country 7s in Bath. Just a few miles down the road from Bristol, this will be the fourth tournament of the season for both teams it will be a crucial test with regards to upcoming challenges.
With the women’s team already qualified for the regional final of the 24/Sevens Series on 15th July at the famous Sandy Park in Exeter, this is a golden opportunity for the men’s team to secure a precious place at the next stage of the series.
It will be a tough task for the men’s as they face strong opponents such as the Karuta Turtles, RAF Spitfires and the in-form South-West side Shredded Ducks. However, with another strong squad and a Bowl win at the Frome 7s a fortnight ago, the Bamboos should travel with plenty of confidence to Lambridge, where the tournament is held.
For the women’s team, this weekend will be the ideal preparation for the all-important final two weeks later. While the tournament in Frome was a difficult experience for the young side, finishing with the Vase trophy, they are now in a good position to roll out again in full force in order to continue previous success. The teams in the women's competition include Reading Abbey Nuns, Wasps and Cheltenham Tigers.
The West Country 7s is a true classic on the circuit with a glorious history. Formerly recognised as one of the biggest tournaments in the country, it is a bit smaller these days but still has all the assets to provide a class competition. Hosted by the famous West Country Cavaliers, the event has been part of the RFU 24/Sevens Series since from the start. This is the second time, the Bamboos entered the competition after last year’s performance.