The search for the country's best amateur men's and women's sevens side returns in 2018 with entries now open for the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series now open.
The community sevens series, now in its third year, aims to continue to grow sevens rugby and increase participation among men and women.
The competition features 40 local qualifying events with teams progressing to one of four regional play-offs before the national final in July. The annual Hartpury Sevens tournament, managed by 7 Bamboos Rugby, on 19th May is one of them.
Last year's series saw Northern Lights walk away as the women's winners at Bath's Recreationg Ground while Ilkley won a tense final in the men's competition.
Women’s and men’s Players of the Tournament, Rebekah Wilson (Northern Lights) and Ben Magee (Ilkley) won a trip to next year’s Singapore Sevens in April, providing them with exposure into the elite side of sevens rugby.
"The Secure Trading 24/Sevens series is growing year on year, welcoming teams and players from across England’s grassroots game," said RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger. "There has never been a more exciting time for rugby sevens."
"As the tournament grows, the quality of the game does too, with some fantastic rugby on display for spectators at every stage of the series.“There has never been a more exciting time for rugby sevens as we get set to cheer on England Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in April and at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in July.
England Sevens Head Coach Simon Amor added: “The growth of the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series is fantastic for sevens in our country, providing a great opportunity for talented players across the country to compete on the national stage.”