Joshua Tasche (left) and Jacob Siems will join the Bamboos at this weekend's SW7s Festival in Bristol
Since the early days of 7 Bamboos Rugby, there always has been a close link to the German Rugby Board (DRV). When the Bamboos entered their very first tournament in 2013, the National Pub Sevens in Harpenden, the German national 7s side also played at the same tournament, which opened an opportunity for the young Bamboos team to run a joined training session and a social event, a day before the tournament.
The German Women's Rugby 7s Team is looking to find quality 7s players who have German heritage i.e German mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc. and are currently living and playing rugby outside of Germany.
Head coach Melvine Smith said "The aim is to bring such players into our setup for the Women's GPS Tournaments later this year. We do have quite low numbers in Germany hence the outreach. We would like to strengthen our team to be able to compete in the WGPS".
This is a very exciting opportunity for players who are looking to test their 7s skills at the highest European level.
If you are female 7s player with adequate experience please get in touch with head coach Melvine directly.
Contact person: Melvine Smith (Coach)
Pic: Jan Perlich
The German 7s team has won the European Championships at the second tournament of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series (GPS) in Poland. Germany, coached by former Blitzbok Vuyo Zangqa won the final tournament stayed unbeaten throughout the weekend in Lodsz and consequently secured the overall victory in the two-legged European series.
Pic: Christian Scheja
During the last weekend of September 2017, some of the world’s finest international 7s teams will travel to the famous Olympic stadium in Munich in order to bring the game to the Bavarian capital.
The Oktoberfest 7s will take place on the 29th and 30th of September 2017. Beside hosts Germany, teams such as Australia, South Africa and England compete during the two-day tournament.
A stadium with a capacity of 69k seats plus international 7s during the world-famous Oktoberfest sounds like a fantastic mix. The chairman of the German Rugby Board (DRV) Klaus Blank said “Rugby and Oktoberfest fit together perfectly, fun meets a robust sport with a high entertaining value”.
The event is organised in partnership between the DRV and World Rugby.
Find out more about the Oktoberfest 7s here. For tickets click here.
Pic: Oktoberfest 7s Facebook Page
This weekend eight of the world’s best 7s teams are competing on German soil at the second edition of the Oktoberfest 7s. Hosted at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Munich, this tournament promises to be the perfect occasion to test the form for the upcoming World Sevens Series at the end of the year in Dubai. Although Germany is not necessarily known as a hotspot for international rugby, the idea of running a 7s tournament next to the the world's largest Volksfest, in a stunning stadium with top-class teams, has proved to be a game-changer.
The Oktoberfest 7s takes place at the Olympic Stadium (Capacity 69,250) in Munich (map). The stadium hosted the Olympics in 1972 and was the home of Bayern Munich until they moved to the Allianz Arena in 2005. The matches will be played on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September. Fiji and USA will kick-off the weekend at 14:00 local time (GMT +1) on Saturday, while New Zealand and England complete the pool stage on Saturday evening. On Sunday the knock-out matches get underway at 11:00 AM (GMT +1) with the fifth-place play-off. The cup final is penciled in for around 15:00 (GMT +1).
Unfortunately, the tournament won’t be broadcasted in the UK, however, in Germany it will be shown by Sport 1, which also provides an online stream. For a full list of broadcasters click here.
In recent years the German 7s team has made huge progress, reaching some remarkable milestones. One of the outstanding victories was the win of the European Championships in Poland this summer, a well-deserved reward following heavy disappointment on missing out to qualify for the World Sevens Series and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
Pic: Fabian Heimpel Facebook Page
Flyhalf Fabian Heimpel has been one of the pillars, transforming the Germans into a well-respected side on the world circuit. The 29-year old brings heaps of experience to the table, playing the game of 7s and 15s for his country and home team RG Heidelberg for more than a decade.
This weekend offers a huge opportunity to showcase his vast skillset against the worlds best sides in front of a massive home crowd.
With the top three teams of the previous World Sevens Series, Fiji, New Zealand and the USA all participating, it will be tough to pick a clear favourite. Although all three of this magnificinet trio underlined their class during last seasons series, Fiji was the side with the most tournament wins (5) while the Eagles only managed to win their home tournament. New Zealand won the opener in Dubai and Sydney earlier this year, but failed to secure another 22-pointer thereafter.
Pool A | England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Pool B | Fiji, USA, Germany, France
Fiji vs USA
Germany vs France
England vs Australia
New Zealand vs South Africa
Fiji vs France
Germany vs USA
England vs South Africa
New Zealand vs Australia
Oktoberfest 7s | Official Website
Following the departure of head coach Vuyo Zangqa, who leaves his position after the sensational win of the European Championships the DRV (German Rugby Board) is looking for a suitable successor. Building on the established structures, the new coach is expected to support the men's 7s team to become a world-class side.
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