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England Rugby Launches 27/Sevens

England Rugby has today launched 24/Sevens, an exciting new community sevens series that aims to grow rugby and increase participation among men and women in clubs through creating new and consistent playing opportunities for sevens players at grassroots level.

For the first time, domestic sevens festivals will be affiliated by England Rugby and aligned under the 24/Sevens competition structure. The new series will increase quality playing opportunities at recreational and competitive level for male and female teams.
England Rugby launches 24/Sevens
Local qualifier winners will progress to regional play offs with the competition culminating in a showpiece national grand final event with 24 teams at the end of July, hosted by England Rugby.

RFU Development Director, Steve Grainger today said ‘The 24/Sevens series aims to grow the sport at community level by providing additional quality playing opportunities, and also celebrate and showcase talent in the domestic game. Sevens is an exciting format of rugby and with it being recognised for the first time at the Olympics in August 2016 it has potential to grow the game and create a lasting legacy.”

England Sevens Head Coach, Simon Amor today said “The inclusion of sevens in the Olympics for the first time this year makes this a really exciting time for the game. Sevens is a fantastic way to enjoy rugby over the summer as well as challenge core skills and fitness. It’s great that 24/Sevens is encouraging more players to get involved.”

England Sevens Head Coach(women), Simon Middleton said ‘The England sevens approach is focussed on creating an environment to ensure players are challenged and continually improve. The introduction of a new sevens competition structure at community level is a positive step in aligning and connecting grassroots and elite strategies. This will enable us to attract more women players into the sport and ultimately grow the game.”

The local qualifier events take place throughout April, May and June, with regional play offs in the north, midlands, south-east and south-west in July, and the national grand finals at the end of July.

For more information on how you can be part of the 24Sevens series click here