With a new main sponsor and a new training base secured, the Bamboos women’s and men’s teams will kick-off their sixth consecutive season this Friday.
Following last year’s successful launch of the Bamboos women’s team, in close partnership with Bristol-based club Old Bristolians RFC, 7 Bamboos RFC are proud to announce that the “Old B’s”, based in Failand, are now the official new training base for both, the men’s and women’s team.
The Tribute Western Counties North club runs three senior men’s team, a women’s team as well as mini and junior sides from under-5s all the way to a Colts team. The clubhouse and pitches provide the ideal environment to prepare the teams for the 7s tournaments during the summer.
In the past, 7 Bamboos Rugby has run events with Old Bristolians RFC before, such as a Junior 7s Day. The club has always been extremely supportive, and we like to thank junior chairman Paul Tinkler, Colts team manager Martin Picton and women’s head coach Aimee Kelly for their great help in building valuable links with the club.
For the Season Launch 2018, 7 Bamboos RFC invites women’s and men’s players to come together to start another season with an open training session and a team dinner. The training starts at 7PM.
In addition, to the new training base, the club is also delighted to present a new main sponsor. From this season onwards, our kit supplier Raging Bull has been named the Bamboos main sponsor. The Gloucestershire-based Sportswear brand has already been a fantastic partner during the past two years, providing all training and playing kit. Therefore, it is a huge honour to welcome the rugby specialists brand as our main sponsor for the 2018 season.
Besides a brand-new women’s and men’s team kit, Raging Bull will also provide the kit for the Bamboos Germany Tour 2018 in July, where the team is joining forces with the German touring side Bataillon d’ Bamboos to play at the countries biggest 7s tournament, the AMS Sevens.
The whole sponsorship wouldn’t be possible, without the outstanding work of Raging Bull’s Andy Deacon. Therefore we like to thank Andy for his great commitment.
Website | The Season Launch
They’ve done it! With an appearance in the Cup final of the SW7s Festival in Cleve, the Bamboos Women’s team qualified for the next stage of the RFU 24/Sevens series. It was only the second-ever tournament that the newly formed side entered, but with a courageous and focused team effort, head coach Lewis Pratten and his team worked hard to achieve this remarkable milestone. Wins in the pool stage over Bristol Ladies and North Petherton, as well as a close victory in the semi-final against Sodbury, were just enough to make it to the final.
The regional finals of the 24/Sevens series will be staged on 15th of July in Exeter. The tournament is played partly at Topsham Sports Park and the famous Sandy Park Stadium, home of Premiership champions Exeter Rugby. In Exeter, our team will go head to head with seven other finalists to determine the best team in the South West region. The winner of the tournament will then progress to the national final on the 29th July at the Rec in Bath.
This weekend both Bamboos teams are heading off to the Frome 7s in Somerset.
This Saturday, the Bamboos Women’s team will get their first opportunity to showcase the brand-new kit at the fifth Hartpury Sevens tournament in Gloucestershire.
Following two seasons with kit supplier Raging Bull Sportswear, the Gloucestershire-based company, have been officially announced as the new main sponsor for the 7 Bamboos RFC women’s and men’s teams.
The deal includes brand new kit packages for the UK circuit as well as a fresh design for the Germany tour in July, when the Bamboos women’s and men’s players team up with the German touring side Bataillon d’ Bamboos to compete at the countries biggest tournament AMS Sevens in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart.
At last year’s Hartpury Sevens, the Bamboos Women’s played their very first tournament and made it to the Plate final where they eventually lost to a strong Tiger’s 7s team from Cheltenham. On the back of an eventful 2017 season, which included the qualification for the RFU 24/Sevens Series regional finals, the team gained plenty of confidence to head into another successful year.
Under the guidance of coach Lewis Pratten, the players worked hard in recent weeks to prepare for an intense series of tournaments throughout the summer. The injured captain Lucy Juffkins will be replaced by Philippines international player Tanya Bird, who will lead the team out on Saturday.
In the pool stages, the Bamboos face Germany’s RK03 Berlin, Cheltenham’s Tiger’s 7s and Tyrell’s Premiership Gloucester-Hartpury.
10:00 vs RK03 Berlin
11:00 vs Tiger’s 7s
12:00 vs Gloucester-Hartpury
Website | 7 Bamboos RFC Women's
This Sunday, the Bamboos Women’s team will travel 120 miles down south to Plymouth Albion RFC in order to compete in the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Regional Finals 2018. This is the second time, the team gets involved in the South-West division of this challenging RFU-managed competition, where hundreds of amateur sevens teams determine the best one in the country.
At last year’s regional final in Exeter, the girls were fighting bravely but just fell short of making it to the national final after losing to hosts Exeter University in the deciding match. This year, however, the team has an excellent opportunity to go all the way and qualify for a potential space in the nationals, two weeks later at the famous Rec in Bath.
The squad is constantly growing and developing at the moment. In their previous three tournaments, the Bamboos either made it to a semi-final or final as well as winning the Plate at the SW7s in Bristol. The performances have been consistently solid this year and the team is very excited and motivated to play in such a high-class event, says team manager Max Lueck ahead of the tournament.
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