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.
In partnership with Germany’s most active and biggest touring side, the Bataillon d'Amour, the Bamboos women’s and men’s team will compete at the country’s largest 7s festival this summer.
The AMS Sevens tournament held in the south of Germany near Stuttgart hosts each year over 35 teams from 14 nations and takes place from the 20th to 22nd of July.
Aiming to expand the Bamboos profile, this new partnership is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to new oversea markets. The Bataillon are on an ambitious mission to bring players from all paths together to share the passion for the sport. Founder Jakob Seifert launched the project in 2014 and has since then managed to build a strong reputation and a remarkable fellowship. Besides plenty of 7s tournaments, the team also competes at Beach Rugby and 15s tournaments all over Europe each year.
At the AMS Sevens, six male and female players from each team, will form the competing squads for the weekend. The aim is to make this connection a long-lasting one, providing more opportunities for both clubs to approach new projects together, said Bamboos founder Max Lueck.
Germany’s 7s scene is growing extremely fast, thanks to a very successful national side and a very active community. Last year, Munich hosted the first-ever international 7s tournament with the Octoberfest 7s at the Olympic Stadium.
Batallion d' Amour | Facebook page
AMS Sevens | Website
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: Oktoberfest 7s (Facebook Page)
Great news came in from Germany last week, as the popular Oktoberfest 7s will return next year, following an unexpected break in 2018.
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
The Oktoberfest 7s, Germany's first-ever professional top-class invitational tournament, which was launched last year as part of the Oktoberfest in Munich, is set to be cancelled this year. The organisers have published a surprising statement today, in which they explained that in order to fully focus on the successful application of becoming a host for one of the World Sevens Series legs, it is inevitable to cancel this year's tournament.
A decision of the host cities for the next World Sevens Series is expected to be announced in July this year.
Here is the full statement by the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, the company which manages the tournament:
With deep regret we have to report that in all likelihood we will have to cancel the Oktoberfest 7s 2018 in order to focus on the 2019 event and a long-term series of tournaments.
In 2017 Munich experienced the successful premiere of top class rugby in Germany at the first Oktoberfest 7s, attended by the best national teams in the world. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this invitational tournament, in 2019 Rugby Germany has a realistic chance of becoming host, for the first time, to one of the World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments, of which there are currently ten run by World Rugby. The German Rugby Union has therefore, in conjunction with the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH, submitted an application to World Rugby for the World Rugby Sevens Series from 2019 to 2022. The top priority remains the hosting by Germany of a World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, which would offer greater prospects than an invitational tournament, both in terms of status and associated conditions. Negotiations with World Rugby are currently ongoing. A decision on the future hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series is expected in July 2018.
The Oktoberfest 7s are organized and run by the operating company Oktoberfest 7s GmbH. This operating company is funded 100% by private investors, who are supporting German rugby and who have the long-term goal of establishing a yearly tournament with an international format in Germany. In 2017 these shareholders brought considerable funds to bear as part of the start-up financing, in order to fund a successful inaugural tournament. In the planning for the 2018 tournament it has become clear that the additional financing, bearing in mind the investment required for possible World Rugby Sevens Series participation from 2019, could only be further borne with difficulty.
While on the one hand the application for the World Rugby Sevens Series represents a very great chance, it also draws the attention of World Rugby and the participating sponsors to the long-term series and away from the event this year. Therefore, after consultation with all the parties involved, the shareholders of the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH have had to take the decision, as it currently stands, to postpone the 2018 tournament by one year, in order to focus all available resources and means on 2019, with immediate effect. At the same time, we are currently in the final phase of negotiations with the possibility of indeed securing the financing for this year. Should this not be possible, we will announce the definite cancellation of the event by the end of May 2018. The ticket sales for 2018 will not start until then.
Together with the city of Munich, the sponsors and all other stakeholders, the Oktoberfest 7s GmbH and the German Rugby Union will concentrate all their efforts, on the application process of the World Rugby Union in the upcoming weeks and months in order to be able to host an official World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in the Olympic Stadium from 2019.
Website | Oktoberfest 7s
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