We have come up with a list of the top 5 sevens events worth attending for the rest of the 2012 sevens season. The tournaments are a mixture of serious competitions that we shall dub – ‘professional’ and for the more social events we shall simply mark them as ‘social’. Of course the experienced 7s experts will know that some tournaments offer both and so we shall mark these with a ‘*’.
The first leg of 4 in the national sevens series, this fantastic event offers something for everyone and doesn’t just stop at rugby. The main event is the Invitational International Men’s competition, which is for the elite 7s teams, and see’s the winner take home a £2k kitty. On top of this there is the men’s open festival with a prize of £800 as well as a corporate events, men’s Social and men’s 10’s tournament.
Price- team entry is £165 or £11 per person and there is also a camping option that is £150 for the 3 nights or £10 per person.
Attractions- Festival Marquee that is open 24 hours and is a hug of activities as well as the opening and closing parties. On top of this there are DJ’s, live bands, celeb guests as well as food stalls and a trade village.
Location – Brought RFC, 2 Houghend Crescent, Manchester, Lancashire, M21 7TL
Rugby Rocks – Richmond, London – 25th -27th May- professional*
Rugby Rocks London features a men’s elite competition as the second stop of the national sevens series. On top of this there is also men’s open and men’s social competitions as well as touch and women’s tournaments.
Price- Entry fee’s range from 150 for the social event to 250 for the elite competition for a team of 12 plus a coach and physio. Camping for two nights is £20 per person.
Entertainment – a number of DJ sets including one from Bath and England centre Olly Barkley, as well as up and coming bands.
Location- Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, Greater London, Surrey, TW9 2SF
West Country Sevens – 15th -17th June
Same format as all the other national sevens series competitions, but with the added Exhibition 15s match for added entertainment. There is also a new format of a tournament called the ‘camping cup’ that will run over four days.
Price – £175 for camping for the weekend – entry price varies for each competition.
Location- Keynsham RFC, Bath/Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom.
Newquay Surf Sevens – 30th- 1st July
The final stage of the national sevens series and possibly the best stop due to the beach culture as well as generally good weather. 3 day event with opening and closing parties with DJ sets from some of the UKs top DJ’s.
Price – Tournament entry is £125, weekend camping is £200, both prices are for the whole teams.
Location – Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SL
Bournemouth Sevens –
This tournament features 8 different competitions for you to enter, ranging in standards and seriousness from their Jagerbomb cup to the National cup with prize fund of £2000.
Attractions – there are two music tents as well as a number of different sponsored tents that feature different attractions. Pitch side Jacuzzi as well as a big screen so you can watch the weekends big sporting events. Dubbed the ‘sporting Glastonbury’.
Price –Normal weekend camping ticket is £110, VIP camping tickets are £170 and on the day weekend tickets are £40 or £20 for Students.
Melrose Sevens – 13th – 14th April
The home of sevens rugby, this event in Scotland features some of the best rugby players in the world with a number of professional and elite sevens sides entering teams. The weekend features a carnival atmosphere and due to the high standard of competition attracts a considerable crowd. Not your typical event due to it being more focused on the quality of rugby than the general weekend experience.
Price – Tickets range from £10 – £40 depending on where you’d like to sit in the stadium.
Location – Melrose RFC, The Greenyards, Melrose, Scotland, TD6 9SA