Staffs 7's Series 2017


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Staffs 7s 2017

Rugeley 27th May:


Now in its 7th year the tournament aims to be a mid summer event for clubs who play at level 7 and below although it would be ideal for 2nd/vets teams from higher level clubs.

The competiton is the first of 5 events in the Staffordshire 7s series.

Last year’s tournament was won by Stafford who will be back to defend their title and be joined by teams from all over Staffordshire and beyond including, Burntwood, Cannock, Eccleshall, Barton Under Needwood and Stafford all committed to entering teams. The tournament consists of round robin pool stages followed by a cup, shield and Beer Cup competition.

If you wish to take part please download and submit the attached entry form.

Having had feedback on last year's competition we propose to limit this year's competition to 12 teams. First come, first served so the quicker you submit your entry the better.


£40 per team.


Registration will occur between 10AM and 10.30 with the first match kicking off at 10.45.


We are aiming for the final to kick off at 5pm.


All players must be registered members of the club which they are playing for to ensure all players are insured.

Players must be 18 years old and over although 17 year olds with the appropriate RFU dispensation can play.


We will be providing food and drink for players and spectators to purchase on the day. We would ask that you don’t bring your own as we are trying to raise money towards our club house project.


There should be space for teams and clubs to erect their own tents and gazebos.


Parking willbe in the Chancel School opposite the field on Station Road (WS15 2HG).There is unrestricted parking alongside station road. There will be no pitch side parking.


St Augustine's Field

Behind St Augustine's Church



WS15 2HG

If you have any queries please contact Martin de Ridder on 07889088558 or email me at

Martin de Ridder

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I write with an update following the recent Staffs 7s meeting.
It is proposed that this year’s tournaments occur n the following dates and locations:
a. 27th May Rugeley
b. 3rd June Burntwood * (Burntwood can you confirm this date)
c. 17th June Stafford 24/7s Event
d. 24th June Essington * [essington can you confirm this date?)
e. 8th July Cannock
* date to be confirmed
It is the responsibility of each tournament organiser to ensure there event is ON the Staffs Referees website if they want to get society referees to officiate their tournament.
Entry Fees
£40 to each tournament.
Tournament Structure
Each tournament must have a 3 tier structure typically: Cup, Plate, Beer Cup. This keeps eople playing all day and ensures the more social teams have something to play for.
Forms and PR
I will produce some template entry forms and rules which I shall email round the various organising clubs. It would be good to get your 7s event on your club website/Facebook and begin to publicise it.
Playing Level
We will continue with a ceiling restricted entries to those clubs/players whose regular playing level is 7 or below. This does not apply to the Stafford 7s tournament which is a qualifier for the RFU 24/7s event and is open entry.
The aim of this tournament is for clubs participating at the grass roots level to have a fun tournament in contrast to some of the bigger national tournaments which have a collection of semi professional teams playing in them. We have increased the level to level 7 this year but would ask all tournament organisers to restrict entries from teams and players who play rugby at level 7 and above. This also applies to any social type teams who enter the tournaments. This will of course be difficult to police but we ask teams to honour the spirit of this rule.
Squad Sizes
Maximum of 12 players. No exceptions. Maximum 5 interchanges per match. If players get injuries/unavailability during a tournament then they should approach the tournament organiser who can grant dispensation to allow players to join from another team.
We will ask the Staffordshire RFU if they will purchase some Plates for the overall series winners. It is up to each organiser if they want to give trophies at their event.
Some clubs have approached us about hosting a tournament in the series and we have turned them down this year. In order to host a tournament we would want a club to play in at least 3 of the previous year’s tournaments. This encourages good attendance and makes for more successful events.
Any queries get in touch 07889088558.



Contact details for the organisers of the various organisers of the Staffs 7s series below

  1. Rugeley 27/05/17

Martin de Ridder


  1. Burntwood 03/06/17

Ben Holt


  1. Stafford 17/06/17

Dermot Hogan


  1. Essington 24/06/17

Jak Somers


  1. Cannock 08/07/17

Jon Freeman