Apache started life as the Old Kelleians (Kelly College) at the International Henley 7s in 1998, led by brothers Adam and Jonas Hurst. After some early success (which came as a surprise!) we decided we needed a ‘cooler’ name – Apache played their first tournament in 2000, and the name stuck. What started out as some old school friends playing 7s for fun developed quickly into an elite squad of 7s specialists playing in tournaments as diverse as the National Pub 7s in Harpenden, to the International Invitation Dubai 7s. From humble beginnings, the side has continued to grow in stature and reputation and is now one of the best-known invitation teams on the circuit.
We have won many tournaments over the years, helped develop some fine International 7s players, and have achieved some fantastic results: we finished 3rd in the 2012 Super Sevens Series, were awarded ‘Team of the Year’ by UK Rugby Sevens, and finished 3rd in the inaugural GB7s series in 2013. The future is looking bright, and we are aiming for even greater success over the next few seasons.
Our aim is to remain among the top world club sevens teams and we have the following simple mission statement: “To keep the British Army in the public eye through world class performances on the rugby field”
The RFU Injured Players Foundation provides support and information to rugby players in England, from grassroots to professional level, who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury playing the game. The Foundation also work with players and clubs to help prevent future injuries through research and education.
A vital part of the RFU IPF’s work is the empowerment of individuals, to help them lead their lives as fully and independently as possible. They are there to support the player and their family, friends and clubs immediately after injury and for the rest of their lives.
The Foundation continually funds research to make breakthroughs in understanding how the care of injured players can be improved, whilst making the game of rugby safer, with the ultimate vision of everyone playing the game without the risk of such injuries occurring.
They also offer help to individuals who sustain injuries while playing rugby that are not classed as a catastrophic spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury, by providing information and where possible, by relieving financial hardship.
Formerly the Forces Exiles, the British invitational 7s team will travel the globe in a range of tournaments, beginning with the Heinken Kinsales 7s tournament in Cork. Last year, the Exiles were defeated in the Elite Final by the Wooden Spoon Marauders, so will be looking to go one better!.
The Ireland Wolfhounds (formerly Ireland A) are the second national rugby union team of Ireland, behind the Ireland national team. They have previously competed in the Churchill Cup together with the England Saxons and the full national teams of Canada and the United States, as well as with a selection of other nations’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd representative sides (including Scotland A and the New Zealand Maori). They also play against other 6 Nations countries’ A sides during the RBS 6 Nations. Now and again they will also play touring sides. For example, they played South Africa in 2000, the All Blacks in 2001 and Australia in 2006. On the 21 June 2009, Ireland A won their first Churchill Cup, beating the England Saxons 49–22 in the final. They also won the Churchill Plate three times in 2006, 2007 and 2008. They were renamed Ireland Wolfhounds in January 2010.
The Jamaica national rugby union team represents Jamaica in the sport of rugby union. The team have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments.
Jamaica is currently ranked at 84 in the IRB World rankings.
They are currently participating for the 2019 Rugby World Cup that will take place in Japan. They achieved their biggest win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in March 2016.
The Jesters as they are known on the circuit play a number of events in the UK and abroad. The colourful franchise have had a number of successes in recent seasons.
Flood lit 7s 2016
London Social 7s 2014 and 2016 (Rugby Rocks)
Ashby 7s 2013 and 2015
Ibiza 10’s 2013 overcoming a Dubai sponsored team lead by Chester Williams in the final
In Europe’s premier tournament Amsterdam 7’s semi-finalists 2012
Over the years numerous great players have worn the Jesters badge
Elvis Seveali’i (Samoa), Sonny Parker (Wales), Alfie To’oala (Samoa), Dan Farani (Samoa),
Aaron Persico (Italy), Peni Rokodiva (Fiji), Bola (Fiji), Ryan Millard (Fiji), Francisco Appleton (Portugal) Alec Jenkins (Wales)
Our aim as a development opportunity for players has led to the following going on to achieve honours. Mike Haley and Ellis Genge England 15’s. Callum Sirker England 7’s. Levi Davis England U18. Niall Barry USA U20.
Super Sevens Series 2016
This tournament for us is the highest level both as a team and players we can compete in England. It is unique in that it is designed for the purpose of players showing their ability in the international development shop window. Competing against the like of Samurai, Marauders, Apache, Wailers and The Army coupled to the national development squads makes this the greatest of challenges. Over the three leg series we hope can help make this a memorable occasion.
Wailers are delighted to have retained the core of last summer’s squad and will once again be captained by Dan Rundle, who now has a season of rugby behind him since his serious leg break and is flying again. This season also sees the return of Wailers stalwarts, Ben Frankland and James Tinkernell, who both missed last summer’s comps.
Everybody Love Everybody!
Players to watch: Adam Radwan, Dan Rundle and Harry Cochrane.
The Wooden Spoon Charity is represented on the international Rugby Sevens circuit by our well-known and successful invitational sides in the men and women’s game.
Since teaming up with the White Hart Marauders in 2014, the Wooden Spoon Marauders have kept stride with Sevens’ rise in popularity and prominence and enjoyed success at high-profile tournaments around the world.
In 2015, the women’s side won the Kinsale Sevens and 7s and the City tournaments and were the highest placed non-national team at the Amsterdam Sevens in Holland.
In 2016, the men’s team launched the 7’s Performance Centre in partnership with Camberley RFC. The summer of 2016 is set to be a great year for 7’s and for the Wooden Spoon Marauders..
Founded in 2012 we are a Invitational Rugby 7’s club with three teams and proudly supporting the J9 Foundation.