2018 Teams

Apache 7s

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.

Army Rugby 7s

The ARU was formed in 1906 and has continued for over a hundred years to provide an infrastructure for the playing of rugby union within the British Army. Its aim is to promote and foster the game of Rugby Union within the Army and its local communities in accordance with the laws of the game governed by the RFU.

Samurai Rugby

Samurai Rugby are the current 2017 SSS champions, and also won the competition in 2016 and 2015. Samurai also won the GB7s tournament, which was replaced by SSS, in 2014 and 2013.

Samurai Rugby Football Club was founded in 1996, being inspired by the playing spirit and tenacity of the Japanese national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Samurai Rugby has gone on to become one of the best 7s clubs in the world. It operates on a purely invitational basis, usually creating a new squad of coaches and players for each tournament, with a win/loss ratio which is the envy of the sport. Squads are usually a mix of professional and amateur players and coaches, but more especially a mix of nationalities with typically at least five or six countries being represented. Players do not get paid for playing and being selected to play for Samurai Rugby is seen as an honour, even for professional players.

Our coaches for the 2018 competition are Scott Wight and Christian Hitt.

Scott is a titan on the international sevens scene, having played in 32 World Series tournaments, including Scotland’s 2017 London win. He is Scotland’s third highest all-time world series points scorer. After retiring from international 7s in 2017, Scott coached the Scotland Women’s 7s team to win both European Grand Prix trophy tournaments, qualifying for the 2018 European Grand Prix series. He has also coached the Rwandan national 7s team.

Christian is well-known to Samurai Rugby having recently been Head Coach of Samurai Rugby teams at the Independence 7s in Nigeria and the Safari 7s in Kenya. He also coached several Samurai Rugby Academy teams in the RFU 24/7 series of competitions in the UK. Christian coaches with the Wales World Series squad, having previously worked with the Wales 7s Academy.

England Rugby Students

Selected from universities across the country, the rigorous selection process is essential for assembling the best squad for the internationals. The players’ attitude and application have been first rate and we are now looking forward to translate that into a good team performance.

Scimitar Storm

Formerly the Scimitar Exiles, the all new Scimitar Storm programme will develop players at Loughborough, specifically working towards a quality, intensive sevens programme.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to establish a national, sector leading programme that will provide an opportunity for students to focus on 7s specifically”

IQ Rugby

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.

Jamaica Crocs

Following participation in the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens and Commonwealth Games, the Jamaica Rugby 7s team are competing again in the Super Sevens Series as part of their 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens preparations. As the first ever Caribbean side to qualify for a RWC (after winning the 2017 Rugby America’s North tournament in Mexico), sights are also set on the 2020 Olympics.

A totally amature side, with limited funding, their rise over recent years is to be congratulated.  Currently the core of 7s players is made up from the Jamaican diaspora of UK based players, with the remaining coming from Jamaica itself where rugby is growing.  The profile of the Jamaica Rugby 7s team is assisting with the growth of grassroots rugby in Jamaica, as it is seen as the jewel in the crown of the Jamaica Rugby Union HQ based in Kingston Jamaica.  With Youth, Men’s 15s and Women’s teams also competing internationally, Jamaica rugby is planting the seeds for success.  However to ensure ambitions are achieved, support and resources are required.

Jamaica Rugby plays under the Core Values of Discipline Respect Integrity Passion Solidarity, with the 7s team adding their motto of “Agile, Fast, Fierce”.

Always on the lookout for new talent and sponsors to join their journey, The Crocs are very much looking forward to the Super Sevens Series as part of their RWC 2018 preparations.

Ramblin Jesters

Following on from last season will be a big ask after finishing second behind Samurai. The 2017 series ended with a win in the 3rd leg, another final as losers and two quarter final appearances was an exceptional Super 7’s season having never ventured into the cup stages before. Whether that can be repeated will be a question posed by all our opponents in each draw this year. This season’s tournament has 3 new venues and that should also bring an element of the unexpected to proceedings. The standard of teams and individuals playing is of a very high standard. Experienced squads like Samurai, The Army, Apache and international teams from England and Ireland make this the premier 7’s circuit in the country. A very tough environment for the Jesters to compete in once again. Naca Kinikinilau, Nick Hankin, Andrew Nurse and Benji Marfor are few from last year’s squad worth keeping an eye again this season.

Last season away from the seriesS The Jesters won their 3rd title out of 4 years at Summer Social, also winning that the day the Women’s elite. The final two tournaments of the summer of 2017 ended with performances that were as losing finalists in Copenhagen and Glendale USA.

First stop in this year’s Super 7s series will be at Bury St Edmunds an excellent run tournament with turnout likely to be the biggest crowd of the season.

A summer of 7’s ahead and the Jesters can’t wait for all the drama and adventure to unfold once again.

Esher Lions

Formed in 1923, Surrey’s premier rugby club The Esher Lions kick off the 2018 Sevens season by competing in the London Floodlit Sevens. Last year the Lions beat Bristol and were leading Harlequins, until a certain Charlie Walker popped up with two late tries to beat us! This year we have been drawn in Pool A with Worcester Warriors, Harlequins and the Rambling Jesters.

Wailers 7s

Wailers are delighted to be returning to the super sevens series.

Everybody Love Everybody!

BLK Rugby Agents

The Rugby Agents have teamed up with BLK for the 2018 7s season to bring you the BLK Hurricanes. After 5 successful years on the lower tier 7s circuit. We are excited to have been accepted onto the Super Sevens Series. The Rugby Agents (www.therugbyagents.com) is a unique online platform promoting players, clubs and coaches world wide. Many of the lads you see on the pitch today have used our platform to progress there rugby career. Tomasi Tanumi representing Hull, Orisi Nawaqaliva representing Chinnor. Ones to watch, Billy Wara, Reece Beddows, Mike Adlard. Our ambitions are to take this internationally and been seen all over the world giving players the opportunity to showcase there talent.

Bears 7s

Founded in 2012 we are a Invitational Rugby 7’s club with three teams and proudly supporting the J9 Foundation.