The Summer Tour 2019 will be the most diverse one yet for the 7 Bamboos women’s and men’s teams. Besides the usual contingent of 7s tournaments, in 2019 the tour schedule has been boosted by some exciting beach and touch rugby events.
It was around two years ago, at the London Beach Rugby, when the team last played on a sandy surface. This summer, both squads travel to the stunning beaches of Exmouth in Devon, to compete at the South West Beach Rugby tournament, staged at the 29th of June.
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
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In glorious sunshine and lovely 7s conditions, the Barracuda Hunters, a team mainly consisting of talents from Hartpury College, surprisingly won the prestigious Cup competition of the 5th Hartpury Sevens last Saturday.
In the final, the team, captained by George Butt, beat last years Shield winners Cats 7s, another unexpected contender for the title. The Cats turned up in magnificent form and overcame tournament favourites and last year’s Cup winners Carmarthen Warriors 19:24 in the quarter-finals before they progressed to beat the Godfathers 24:17 in the semi-finals.
Thanks to our official kit supplier and event partner Raging Bull Sportswear, all Hartpury Sevens teams can get exclusive discounts on all team wear. Just get in touch with Andy Deacon from Raging Bull now and get your kit sorted just in time for the big event.
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This year, Hartpury Sevens is selling out faster than ever and there are only FOUR spaces left in the men's competition.
In order to avoid any disappointment, please register your team now and secure a space.
The 5th Hartpury Sevens tournament takes place on the 19th May at Hartpury College. Team entry for a men's team is just £89.00 and £69.00 for a women's team. University and college team will get a £10 discount.
There are cash and equipment prizes up for grabs. The winning teams also qualifies for the regional finals of the RFU 24/Sevens Series.
Teams can register via Eventbrite here or by contacting us.
For more details visit our website.
The first-ever GRFU-affiliated 7s club is constantly focussing on building further development platforms for youngsters. A new coaching set-up and many 7s-activities throughout the year marks another busy season for the Bamboos.
Prediction: The Hartpury Sevens is traditionally the first outing for the Bamboos and a great opportunity to set the standard for the season.
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This is the very first tournament for the Bamboos Ladies. After five years of touring with a men's team, this summer 7 Bamboos RFC have finally launched a ladies side. In partnership with Old Bristolians RFC, the Bamboos Ladies are excited to play a number of competitions this year.
Prediction: New to the circuit, hence aiming to gain experience and enjoy the journey.
The girls played their first ever game vs Cheddar Valley and did fantastically well. Trained by qualified coaches, and volunteers from the 1st team, the ladies are coming on leaps and bounds.This is their 1st season and 1st ever 7s tournament.
Prediction: Great to have this brilliant grassroots club around.
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This newly formed team from Essex is made up of university and school mates led by Hartpury students George Butt and Toby Eaton. A team with heaps of potential and a bright future ahead. Last year they reached the Cup final of the Braintree 7s.
Prediction: A new but well organised team. Started strong at their first outing.
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The BITE Bandits enter Hartpury Sevens for the third time this year. With a Cup win in 2015 and last year's final appearance, they are considered the #1 seeded team this year. Despite their young history the Bandits, who evolved from the famous Marauders Academy, have secured some remarkable achievements in recent years.
Prediction: Surely one of the strongest teams in the field as proven in the last couple of years - In it to win it.
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The Cats started their 7s-adventure last year with an appearance at the popular Bournemouth 7s. Led by Bamboos captains Lewis Pratten and Will Hewer the team impressed at their first-ever competition. In their second tournament, the world famous Dubai 7s, the Cats even won the Invitational Open and are now looking forward to a busy summer touring to nationwide and international competitions such as the Oktoberfest 7s in Munich and the Summer Social in London.
Prediction: The Cats started off well and travel with a talented squad to the Hartpury Sevens - Expect entertaining and fast paced 7s.
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Regarded as the #1 Sevens team in Wales, the Carmarthen Warriors have evolved from a bunch of local players into one of UK'S leading invitational teams. Formed in 2000, the growth and development has been down to solid foundations being set in previous years by talented players from in and around Carmarthenshire. During the last 17 years, the Warriors won among others the Rugby Rocks, Majorca Beach Rugby, Windsor 7s and the Manchester 7s.
Prediction: One of UK's strongest teams and certainly a hot contender for the big prize.
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The Cavemen are one of many newly formed teams on the circuit but gained already plenty of on-pitch experience in all codes. This Globetrotting social rugby team participates in 15s 13s, 9s, 7s & beach 5s competitions and recruits players from all angles in the world. They operate in the UK as well as the UAE.
Prediction: An interesting side with great potential.
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Cheltenham Tigers are among the biggest clubs in Cheltenham and the women's team forms the longest running Women’s Rugby Club in Gloucestershire. The first team currently competes in the RFUW Championship South 1. Head coach Dan Morris and his team can look back to many successful milestones in both codes of the game.
Prediction: Cheltenham's most successful XV women's team and a fantastic 7s team with plenty of experience.
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Chipping Sodbury's ladies team currently plays in the RFUW National Challenge league. Today's visit is the first appearance at the Hartpury Sevens and we are delighted to welcome another great grassroots club to this event. Besides the women's team, the club also runs 3 men’s teams and a thriving youth section with over three hundred attending.
Prediction: A good, solid club side that goes from strength to strength.
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The team formed in Summer 2014 managed to win the National Junior Cup in their first year. Under the guidance of the highly experienced England Women's 7s Coach Susie Appleby and Captain Gemma Sharples the side has ambitious plans to write another chapter in Hartpury’s successful rugby history.
Prediction: The team recently got rewarded with the women's premiership status, which should give them another confidence boost.
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2017 will be the 19th year that the Godfathers have competed on the UK 7's circuit. Notable achievements include winning the Flanders Open, Warsaw 10's and Olney 7's. The proudest achievement for the Godfathers, however, was becoming the CLIC Sargent Godfathers raising money for CLIC Sargent to help care for children and young adults with cancer.
Prediction: A team with huge experience and always among the favourites.
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2017 has been another very successful chapter in Hartpury's incredible rugby history. The "RFC" team gained promotion to the Championship, the University side won the BUCS Super Rugby competition and the women's team will be featured in the newly introduced RFU Women's Premiership next season. Traditionally, the Hartpury 7s team consists of 2nd and 3rd team students who come together for a last blast before the end of the academic year.
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The Karuta Turtles formerly known as 'Takapuna Turtles' is also a 15's team in Auckland, New Zealand who they have been in contact with and traded shirts to establish a link across the globe with. The Turtles were founded in 2013 by a few old boys from Taunton School when they first ventured to Bournemouth 7s.
Prediction: A very solid side with a good touring record. Made it to the Cup semi-finals last year.
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The Royal Navy Rugby Union was founded in 1906 and since then they can look back on a proud history of many successes with the 15s team. However, the 7s team has also won a vast number of tournaments including the famous Dubai 7s, one of the biggest tournaments in the world.
Prediction: One of the most professional outfits around. Won the Plate last year and should aim for another top 5 finish.
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