With an ever-growing population of female rugby players in the UK and the rest of the world, a Women’s Rugby World Cup coming up in August and the permanent addition of teams and tournaments it was only a matter of time until we launch our first female 7s team.
Thanks to the relentless support of our main sponsor The Stable and in partnership with the Old Bristolians Ladies RFC we are delighted to announce the Bamboos Women’s. The team will be based in Bristol, operating at the Old Bristolians ground as well as the picturesque Downs close to city centre.
The training sessions are run by our coaches and are free and open to everyone, no matter which level of experience. During the launch season, the Bamboos Women’s will travel to five tournaments and like their male counterparts, players can look forward to an exciting package of incentives incl. no fees, free food and drinks on the day, professional physio treatment and free kit on the day. In addition, we have planned a number of exciting socials for the teams following each tournament.
The first training session will be:
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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.
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)
The Hartpury Sevens 2018 Women's Comp is selling out faster than ever!
For the first time, we are expecting 16 women's teams on the day, making it the same sized event as the men's competition. The Hartpury Sevens Women's has been a great part of the tournament since it's the first edition in 2014 and is an ever-growing event, with teams travelling from all over the country.
There are attractive cash and equipment prizes up for grabs. In addition, the winning team qualifies for the regional final of the RFU 24/Sevens Series, with a chance to go all the way to the national finals.
In order to secure your space now, enter your team here or get in touch.
Hartpury Sevens 2018 | Website
Text, Picture and Video: World Rugby
New Zealand claimed a fourth successive title on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series – and sixth in total – after beating the Women's Sevens Eagles in the HSBC USA Women's Sevens final in Glendale, Colorado, on Sunday.
The Black Ferns Sevens have now won 33 consecutive matches, including the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens, after another dominant weekend in the opening round of the 2019 series at Infinity Park.
The wait is over! This weekend the HSBC Women’s World Series gets underway with a new exciting stage in the US. The Infinity Park in Glendale (Colorado) hosts, for the first time, a stage of the series. Besides the USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco held earlier, it’s the third major 7s event based in the USA within one year. The United States are turning into a real 7s hotspot, underlining the great passion and ambition the nation has developed for the sport in recent years.
Picture & Text: World Rugby
Squads have been declared for the final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand this weekend.
New Zealand are hoping to seal their fourth series title in France, as they sit on top of the standings going into the sixth round. The only other teams who can claim top prize are Canada and Australia, who are both tied for second place on 82 points, 14 behind the leaders.
Hosts France are without inspirational captain Fanny Horta in Clermont-Ferrand, while Irish captain Lucy Mulhall (pictured above) is also ruled out due to injury.
Canada have one debutant this weekend, while England have brought six players who will make their first sevens series starts at the Stade Gabriel Montpied.
England captain Katie Mason said: “This weekend for us is about bringing in new and exciting talent and giving them a chance to play on the series. We were in Brive last week so we’ve prepared well and acclimatised to the warm weather here, so we’re looking forward to just getting out there.
It’s been a tough season for England, who are one of the teams battling to secure a spot at next year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
"It's been up and down. We started well in Dubai, not so good in Sydney and Vegas, but we pushed on from there and I think we've learned massive lessons this year. It's been a great time for us to build as a team and we can look forward to next year where there are Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens."
The action gets underway on Saturday from the Stade Gabriel Montpied in Clermont. Click here to find out where you can watch all the action.
Clermont-Ferrand | Fixtures
HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series | Standings
One of the busiest weekends for the Bamboos will be at the beginning of June when the team rolls out in full force at the SW7s Festival. Since the launch of the event in 2015, we have been involved and could witness how the festival has grown significantly from year to year.
In 2017, the three-day festival will take place at the stunning facilities of Cleve RFC from the 2nd to the 4th of June. The Bamboos will compete with their elite men’s team and the newly introduced women’s team on Saturday.
SW7s 2017 Official Video from South West 7s on Vimeo.
On Sunday the focus is all about development when our coaches will welcome 16 youth teams to the first-ever SW7s Development Cup. The eight u15s and 16s teams travelling from all over the South West to Cleve and it’s set to become an action-packed competition. This tournament was sold out fast, underlining the great interest in 7s among age group teams.
In addition to the Development Cup, we partnered up with the RFU and Bristol Ladies Rugby to run two Girls Development Sessions on the day. With the aim to further support the development of girls and women’s rugby we are proud to bring you this opportunity. There are 20 free spaces for under 15s girls (no 7s experience required) to join professionally coached 7s-sessions, followed by an exhibition match in front of a large audience.
So with plenty of playing opportunities for junior and senior players, it is fair to say that this weekend in June is set to become another cracking one – We can’t wait for SW7s 2017 to arrive.
SW7s Festival | Website
SW7s Development Cup | Website
SW7s Girls Development Sessions | Website
It’s this time of the year, the calm before the storm. It’s February and anything 7s related seems still ages away. But as the cold and dark days slowly disappear, the desire for long hot summer days is growing immensely. So the planning is in full swing and there is so much coming up for all age groups. To keep on track, here is a quick overview:
Since a few weeks, our school programme is underway. The 7 Bamboos Satellite Club, supported by Active Gloucestershire and in partnership with Chosen Hill School, offers weekly training sessions for all year 9-11 students. Everyone is welcome and the first five sessions are free. Participants can expect professional coaching, stash and regular tournament attendances.
Especially for the youngsters, it is important to play as much 7s "under full conditions" as possible. Therefore we worked hard to establish a constant transition from the training to the match field. A number of School 7s tournaments are pencilled in for this spring. At the end of March we are running our very own competition at Chosen Hill School then the team is off to Prince Henry’s School followed by a big tournament in Bristol.
In April we will launch the new 7s season for all senior players with our free and open training sessions at Hartpury College. Come along each Wednesday evening and join the team. Entering the fourth season, we have an exciting tour plan in place.
For the second time this year, there is a big Open Day planned for all 17-21 years old players. This is for everyone who wants to get involved this season or just want to try out some 7s without any commitment. A great opportunity to get to know the sport as well as the Bamboos.
Beside the juniors and the men’s teams, we will – for the first time – run a Bamboos women’s side this year. In partnership with an established club, the training starts in April with tournaments planned for May, June and July.
In 2013 the Hartpury Sevens were initially launched as a fundraiser for the universities women’s team, which developed into one of the best sides in the county over the last few years.
For the fourth edition of Hartpury Sevens we aim to run the biggest women’s competition yet. 16 teams are invited to join us on 13 May for an action-packed day at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. This year the women’s tournament is officially part of the RFU 24/7s series, offering the winner a chance to compete at the regional finals in Exeter on 15th-16th July.
However, there is so much more to play for. With three competitions at stake (Cup, Plate and Shield), the tournament is open to all players from up and down the country. At entry fees as low as £48 for a university side and £60 for a club team, this is a fantastic opportunity to play 7s at one of the finest rugby places in the UK.
This year there is a particularly strong focus on all girls and women’s 7s rugby activities as the Bamboos are also planning to launch the first women’s team. Therefore it is just about the right time to join the fantastic “This Girl Can” – campaign. The initiative supported by Sport England and powered by The National Lottery celebrates active women everywhere who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get.
Hartpury Sevens | Invitation
Hartpury Sevens | Official Website
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