The Samurai Ladies rounded off their inaugural year with a brilliant victory in the Dubai 7s Ladies tournament. Watched by a crowd of approximately 27,000, they turned in a skilful and exciting performance to comprehensively beat fellow English based side Moody Cows 41-0. The final score reflected the dominance of the Samurai Ladies, who started the tournament by beating the 2002 and 2003 winners, Abu Dhabi, 60-0.
The team finished top of their pool and then smoothly progressed to the semis by putting over 60 points on their opponents in the quarter final. The girls faced the Russian national side in the semi-finals who proved to be aggressive and physical opponents but no match for the skill of the Samurais. The Samurai Ladies scored a massive 277 points with only 5 against and retained the seasons unbeaten record .
Kindly sponsored by Marquesman Sports services and Club Concierge, the team which included English, Welsh, New Zealand, French and Canadian international players showed individual flare and great teamwork in abundance. Their performance in the final epitomised this style and was thoroughly appreciated by the large crowd.
Samurai International RFC entered 2 teams for this years Harpenden Sevens on September 6th.
The normal Samurai International team was Coached by Colin Hillman and the St George Samurai Team - which consisted of up and coming England players that were part of England 7s Coach Mike Friday's development plan - was Coached by Mark Hewitt from Gloucester Academy.
As ever there were several specialist 7s teams that had entered the tournament with the Marauders, Scorpions and the Apache amongst them as well as the Middlesex 7s Winners the British Army taking part in a quality field.
The St George team, under the guidance of Mike Friday and Mark Hewitt had improved with every game and the experience that the players were gaining was invaluable said Friday. 2 Old campaigners had been added to the side in the form of Ben Harvey and Jim Jenner and these two 7s experts really took the youngsters under their wing.
St George disposed of the Scorpions in the Quarter final and then put in an outstanding display by ousting the Army in the semi, whilst Samurai International fended off an outstanding Billy's Bar in the Quarter final and then the much fancied Marauders in the semi.
To see both Samurai Teams in the Final was testament to just how well the Samurai teams had been put together and run since their formation in 1996 and thanks to the support of their sponsors ULR Norwich over the last 3 years. The Club has been instrumental in developing and nurturing many young 7s players, to help them on to bigger and better things and in several cases to represent their Country.
With both teams in the Final you could forgive the management for being a little lethargic, however this was not to be.
It was a very fired up St George's team that took the field and they made it very difficult indeed for the experienced Samurai I.R.F.C. team to gain any quality possession.
A large crowd enjoyed some end-to-end stuff but St George led from beginning to end as they ran out worthy winners 24 - 17
Final Stats =
Samurai International - De Kok (Blue Bulls), Prosser’Shaw (Nuneaton), Williams (Wales 7s & Capt), Earnshaw (Rotherham), Hunt (Perpignan), Carter (Neath / Swansea),
Feeley (Bradford Bulls), Leek (Coventry), Lane (Coventry), Wakeley (Cardiff)
Tries – Wakeley 1T 2C, De Kok 1T, Feeley 1T
St George Samurai - Ojo (Lon Irish), Adams / Matthews (Glos), Powell / Bedford (Saracens), Coles (Nottingham), Phillips (Newcastle), Vickerman (Leeds) Jenner (Birmingham & Capt), Harvey (Stourbridge & V.Capt)
Tries - Ojo 1T, Phillips 1T, Matthews 1T, Harvey 1T 2C)
The ULR Samurai team made the long journey to the USA to participate in the New York 7s for the first time.
Despite 2 late call offs due to injury the Samurai were able to take along an experienced side and with several other strong sides in the competition, including tournament favorites - the Middlesex 7s winning British Army team - they needed to.
The tournament took place at a Randall's Island a short drive from the City Center with 2 Pools of 4 teams competing for the Premier Division Trophy.
Pool 1 consisted of the British Army, Suzie's Kiwi Saloon, Mexico & Old Blues and Pool 2 having Samurai, Bermuda, Albany and the much fancied S.A.Panthers who had just traveled direct from Cape Town where they were part of a 28 man S.A.7s training Squad where selection had taken place for the IRB tournament in Dubai.
Both the Army and the Samurai teams eventually disposed of their early opponents to find themselves facing Suzie's Kiwi's and the S.A.Panthers in the final pool games. The Samurai who had the tougher of the 2 final pool games needed to beat the Panthers so as to avoid an even tougher probable Semi Final against the Army.
The Samurai came out firing on all cylinders and put in one of their best performances for some time. The Panthers wondered what hit them as Samurai took a 21 - 0 half time lead with fine tries from Ben Golling's, Rob Vickerman and Jonathon Hooper. Mark Watson pulled a Try back for Panthers on 9 minutes but then James Matthias and John Feeley responded on the 10th and 12th minute to put the game beyond the Panthers reach. Elton Manakka and again Watson scored 2 late Tries in the 13th & 14th minutes to bring back an air of respectability for the Panthers, with the final score being 33 - 19 to Samurai.
In Pool 1 The Army disposed of Suzie's with relative ease so the Semi Finals were now The British Army v S.A.Panthers and Samurai International v Suzie's Kiwi's.
As expected, judging from the performances so far, both The Army and Samurai went through with both teams relishing the prospect of a great Final.
As the Final kicked off, the Army almost immediately took a 7 - 0 lead with a well taken Try from Able Qualakaboa this early Try sprung the Samurai Team into life and for almost 5 minutes they denied the Army any possession. Rob Vickerman, Gareth Williams and James Matthias were immense up front and a stream of quality ball lead to 3 first half tries from Simon Hunt, Ben Golling’s and John Feeley all converted by Golling's. Going into half time the Samurai lead 21 - 7 but knew only to well just how capable this British Army team was of making a comeback.
Gareth Williams (Capt) and Colin Hillman (Coach) rallied the players in the half time team talk and their focus continued.
As the 2nd half kicked off the Army once again scored almost immediately as there
- Singapore 7s Man of the Tournament - Josepha Kava scored under the posts with the conversion being added by Qualakaboa. With the score now 21 - 14 and an excited crowd cheering at every opportunity the scene was set for a great finale.
The Army attacked once more and as they entered the Samurai 22, Ben Golling’s committed a professional foul on the Army Scrum half, only to find himself being sent to the sin bin for 2 minutes.
The Fijians could sniff victory and continued to attack at every opportunity but dogged defence from in particular Jonathon Hooper and Simon Hunt kept the Army out until Qualakaboa helped himself to his 2nd Try to bring the score to 21 - 21.
Was it going to be history repeating itself whereby the Samurai team folded against this talented Army team? Not on this occasion...... The Army kicked off and as Kava landed after plucking the ball from the Air, Matthias barreled him into touch with a ferocious tackle. From the ensuing lineout and subsequent ruck the Army found themselves a man down as Tui received a yellow card for slowing down release.
With almost 3 minutes left and with Golling's back on the pitch - Samurai surged forwards. Richard Carter made an excellent break and off loaded to Williams who committed his man and timed his pass to perfection for the supporting Vickerman to touch down Left of the posts. Golling's converted to take the score to 28 - 21.
The Army was now back to 7 men and tried desperately to perform some magic. However an astute kick ahead over a flat Samurai defence led to the experienced Golling's making the ball his own, who then produced his own magic chip ahead to then receive and out pace the defence to score in the corner. 33 - 21 to Samurai and as the ball went dead from the kick off - Samurai were victorious in this excellent New York 7s final
The crowd cheered and showed their thanks to both teams for being treated to a great final with some flowing skilful Rugby from both teams.
Samurai Team =
Gareth Williams (Wales 7s ) Capt –-Rob Vickerman (Leeds / Young England) - James Matthias (Bristol / Young England) - Andrew Carter (Bridgend) - Jonathon Hooper (Wales 7s) - Ben Gollings (England 7s) - Simon Hunt (England 7s) - John Feeley (Bradford Bulls) - Richard Carter (Neath - Swansea) - Ed Burrill (Newcastle / Young England)
Coach - Colin Hillman (Wales 7s)
Manager - Terry Sands (England A Team)
Physio - Simon Thomas ( Celtic Warriors)
In possibly the most successful 2 days of Rugby 7s ever for a Sevens Invitation Team, Samurai International RFC managed the fantastic feat of a 1,2,3 success over the weekend of the 6th August 2004.
At the London Compass 7s on the 6th and 7th August, held at the Stoop in Twickenham, the illustrious home of the NEC Harlequins. Samurai International became tournament runners up, as they were beaten by favourites Gloucester in an excellent final. The Samurai team, which was put together by Terry Sands and Coached by Paul Treu, who also coaches the Springbok 7s team, consisted mainly of South African Club players. Bennie Adams, Rohan Pienaar, Deon Booytson, Steffan Basson and Jaco Van Scalkwyk were just some of the team selected.
The tournament consisted of many quality teams, which included New Zealand Legends, Australian Legends, White Hart Marauders and Rugby Ecosse and was of a very high standard indeed.
Gloucester, who were full of 7s specialists were led by Simon Amor the England 7s Captain. The team also included Henry Paul, James Simpson Daniel, James Forrester, Marcel Garvey and Jake Boer.
The Samurai Team disposed of Young England, USA Grizzlies, Durban Harlequins and Global Fiji Samurai (The Samurai 2nd team) on their way to the final. Global Fiji Samurai, who had beaten the British Army on the way, beat NEC Harlequins in the 3rd / 4th place play off.
With a 2nd and 3rd place at the London Compass 7s, it was a very tall order indeed for the Samurai's 3rd team of the weekend, Coached by Colin Hillman of Wales 7s fame, to do well in the prestigious Cwmtawe 7s at Swansea on the 7th August.
As the team heard of their '7s Brothers' success in London on the tanoy, they produced some fine performances where they beat Brecon Old Boys, The Royal Navy and Crawshays on the way to the final. The Final was against a Swansea side that had pace to burn. Swansea who had beaten Neath in their Semi final was in a confidant mood and went 1 try up after only 30 seconds of the game. That was the only time Swansea were to be in front as the Samurai team came back with tries from James Matthias, John Feeley, Nick Wakeley, Gareth Williams and man of the match James Donovan to finish the match as winners by 50 points to 12.
1,2,3 in a fantastic weekend for the UK's top Men's invitation side. www.samurai-rugby.com
Samurai Ladies invitational side followed up their debut tournament victory in the Sofia Sevens with an impressive win in the Scandinavian Open. They entered the final as favourites, despite facing the 2003 winners "Watch Out Pedestrians", whose players are all members of the Dutch national side. The Samurai Ladies showed all the class expected of a team whose squad included seven international players. Playing imaginative rugby, and inspired by overwhelming support from the Danish crowd and fellow touring sides, the Samurai Ladies controlled the match throughout.
The final score was 35-0, concluding a highly successful weekend which again saw the Samurai's concede no points. The next competition will be the Harpenden Sevens, but Captain Sally Wise’s ultimate ambition is the ladies title at this years Dubai Sevens. This IRB tournament is recognised as one of the most spectacular of the world series.
Coach: Nigel Brook-Walters
Sally Wise (Capt)
The Samurai Management team face a very busy weekend on the 7th August, as they will be entering 3 separate teams in to 2 tournaments.
The 1st tournament will take place n London at the NEC Harlequins Stoop ground, situated next to England's home of Rugby, Twickenham. This is a 2 day event on the 6th and 7th sponsored by Compass Group.
Then the 2nd then the 2nd tournament in Swansea Wales is the Cwmtawe 7s being played at Pontardawe RFC.
It is the management's intention to put out 3 very strong sides indeed.
All 3 will be invitation teams that will consist of specialist 7s exponents. The Samurai International RFC management has also enlisted the help of 3 very experienced Coaches for the 2 events.
Paul Treu, Coach of the South African 7s team that participates in the IRB series, will take sole charge of the Samurai team in London. The team will consist of several SA 7s players that have taken part on the IRB World Circuit this year.
Colin Hillman the Ex Wales 7s Coach who worked with the Welsh team before it was decided the WRU would no longer support 7s. Will Coach the Samurai Team taking part in Swansea on Saturday 7th. The team will consist of many of the Samurai 7s regulars, with Jon Skurr Captaining the team. Youngsters Stuart Cokeley of Sale, after a fine showing in Rome, will again be given the opportunity to impress and at the same time gain more valuable 7s experience. Joining him will be another youngster Stuart Taylor of Gloucester Academy, who has been training with Gloucester's 1st team squad during the summer. With a fine blend of youth and experience the team is bound to be competitive.
Finally the Global Fiji Samurai team will also take part in the Compass event. The team, that will be captained by Amasio Valance and Managed by Rajesh Singh, should also be competitive in what promises to be a very strong tournament indeed.
Watch this space for full reports on how the teams progress.
The Global Fiji Samurai team will make their second visit to the UK when they participate in the Compass Sevens tournament at the Stoop.
They previously came together in 2002 when they embarked on a 5 week tour that was put together by Terry Sands of Samurai International RFC.
With sponsorship from ULR Norwich they achieved the fantastic record of played 4 won 3 during their short tour and have been patiently waiting for the chance to return.
In 2002 they won the London Kiwi Sevens, North Riding Sevens and the Kinsale Sevens and narrowly lost the London Sevens final by a single try to the British Army, whom they had beaten the previous week in the final of the London Kiwi 7s.
The Global Fiji Samurai team managed by Rajesh Singh, are looking forward to participating in the Compass Sevens tournament that is being held at the NEC Harlequins ground - the Stoop - on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August.
Samurai Show Class In Cayman
The Samurai’s returned to Cayman, intent on retaining their title, although the team was completely different from the previous year. It was a team full of players with very good sevens experience containing Sevens internationals from England, Wales, South Africa and Spain, a team worthy of representing the Samurai in such high quality international event.
Day 1 started well with a convincing 45-5 victory over a game athletic Guyana team. The skill, speed and technical ability of the Samurai players was obvious for all to see, with the likes of James Brook, Oriol Ripol, John Feeley and Craig Richards reveling in the amount of ball produced by outstanding forwards Earnshaw, Gravell, and Prosser-Shaw. Samurais were fortunate in this game in that they were able to use all of their squad with Gert De Kok, Ed Burrell and Anthony Carter joining the fray at various stages and ensuring the high standard was maintained.
Game 2 was an outstanding victory against a potentially dangerous Ecosse team, the Samurai, realizing the challenge raised their game and completely overran them with a superb display of Sevens rugby culminating in a 36-5 victory.
Game 3 was another good victory against local heroes the Cayman Select team. With the crowd urging them on with great support, they were very committed and willing but no match for the now confident Samurai team who ran out winners 33-0
The last game of the day was always going to be a tough one, a repeat of last years final, against the British Army. Unfortunately the Army proved to be too strong on the day with the Samurai never really getting into top gear. Knowing they had already qualified for the quarter final regardless of the outcome of this game, obviously had some bearing on their display. The Army ran out deserved winners by 28-12.
Day 1 completed with 3 victories and 1 loss and with Day 2 looming, rest and recovery were badly needed.
Day 2 started late for the Samurai which was greatly appreciated by the players. The first game kicking off at 17.40 hrs against our old adversaries and sevens buddies the Marauders, Always an enormously hard game, this was no different, with the Marauders leading at half time, however such was the quality and spirit within the Samurai team that they raised their game in the second half and played some outstanding rugby. The Marauders were gradually wore down and the Samurais avenged their 19 – 15 Amsterdam 7s semi-final defeat, as they ran out convincing winners in the end, This victory set up yet another clash with the British Army.
With so much depending on this game, there was never any doubt that the Samurai's would fail to 'get into' the game this time. With the victors avoiding the favourites for the title (Red Rock of Fiji) in the Semi Final the game was very important.
An outstanding game of Sevens was played by both teams. The Army took an early convincing lead, but the Samurai fought back strongly and had the crowd on the edge of their seats as they got within 2 points. With only 2 minutes remaining the game was poised for an exciting finale. With the Samurai speedster now out through injury the team missed their previous pace out wide and hard as they tried a late try by the Army saw them through.
This resulted in the Samurai meeting Red Rock in the semi-final and it was obvious to everyone that they had the potential to move up a gear when they needed to. Move up they had to as they took on a very determined Samurai team who ran them all the way in a thrilling end to end game. Every Samurai player who took to the field stood up and was counted and they provided some scintillating rugby. However on the night it was not quite enough against a skilful Red Rock team, who went on to beat the British Army so convincingly in the Final.
Every Samurai player wore the jersey with pride and acquitted themselves well in a tournament of the highest quality.
Congratulations must be given to the tournament sponsors and organisers for staging such a great event and a tremendous week in the Cayman Islands.
Here's looking forward to next year !
Samurai Lose Out To Winners In Rome
Roma Sevens 12th June 2004
The invitation to defend the Samurai Teams Roma Sevens Crown was always going to be difficult as Samurai were participating in 2 tournaments on the same weekend.
With a team also participating in Cayman, Mark Hewitt (Coach) and Ray Watts (Manager) were able to select a team with the future in mind. A great blend of youth and experience was selected, with the youngsters in the team being given the opportunity to taste an excellent standard of competition that was being played at an excellent venue.
This years tournament had extra spice added by the addition of the NZ Metro 7, Garryowen, Marauders (winners of the Amsterdam Sevens) and Stellenbosch University, fresh from their success in the Melrose Sevens.
In an idyllic setting right next to the Olympic Stadium, the scene was set for a tournament of Gladiatoral proportions.
The opening two games in pool A saw the youthful Samurai team beat London Visigoths by 26pts to nil, then Seven Kings of Rome by 45pts without reply.
A welcome 3hr afternoon break to get out of the fierce Italian heat was most welcome as the team prepared for a quarter final clash with the Italian National Team.
Without a recognised "gas man", the Samurais had to rely on sevens expertise to take on a rapidly improving Azzuri team that had just participated in the IRB 7s tournament at Twickenham. The Italian team were determined to avenge last years final defeat by the Samurai.
The game got off to a bad start, when from a penalty on the Italians 10m line, they hoisted a huge kick deep into the Samurais 22. From the resulting lineout, a clever mis-move in the centre saw their man of the match, Samoan Mannato, cut through and score under the posts. The game was played at an electrifying pace with the Samurais playing catch-up for most of the game.
Paul Baird scored the Samurais 1st try after a well read interception, with Dave Knight & Baz Hocking scoring the third, and Austin Howells converting all three, to finish up losing by 24pts to 21.
The Italians , now backed by a buoyant home crowd, took on and defeated a strong NZ Metro seven by 12pts to 10 in a hard , bruising semi final.
With a fresh looking and talented Stellenbosch team in the final, the Italians decided to open up the game and meet the South Africans head on. In a thoroughly entertaining final, The Italians running out as eventual winners by 38pts to 31.
Although only reaching the quarter finals, the young Samurai squad defended their title bravely and can hold their heads up high. Given that three of the team were under 19, these young warriors can only learn from the invaluable experience in competing in such a tournament.
Austin Howells ( Capt) ; Luke Arscott; Baz Hocking; Stuart Cokeley; Will Oldham; Jamie Rennie; Phil Reed; John Boden; Paul Baird; Dave Knight; Steffan Armitage;
Coach Mark Hewitt, Manager Ray Watts, Physio Claire McCloughlin
The Samurai’s impressive run was broken in Amsterdam as they were beaten 19 - 15 by the Corso Marauders team that included a large contingent of British Army 7s players. In a game that should have been the final, the Samurai’s failed to recover from 2 early Marauders tries from the impressive Damu Damu.
With Ben Lewitt, Jim Jenner, Russell Earnshaw, John Skurr, Ed Burrill and Andy Carter all unavailable for Samurai selection the team had a few unfamiliar faces in their ranks. However newcomers Rob Hoadley and Alan Madonye performed well throughout.
In the Sunday pool games Samurai disposed of Pacific Coast Grizzlies, West Indies and Millfield Old Boys with relative ease but were unfortunately rewarded with the tough side of the draw as they had to face the Corso Marauders.
Samurai now move on to Rome and Cayman looking to add to their already impressive season.
The Samurai 7s team made it 4 wins from 4 starts as they won the Sofia Sevens tournament in Bulgaria in style.
The team qualified with ease on the first day and romped in to the semi finals on day 2 where they disposed of the Bulgarian National 7 to move in to the final.
Samurai faced Suzies Exiles in the final (Semi Finalists at the 2004 Kinsale 7s) who had travelled straight from Ireland to take part.
The strong Samurai team scored 47 unanswered points and finished the tournaments with the unbelievable record of not having a try scored against them.
Team = Jim Jenner (Capt) Ben Lewitt, Nick Easter, Andy Dawling - Gavin Cattle, Gert DeKok, Vessels Wolmerans, Dave Knight, Leigh Hinton, Warren Coles.
Samurai International R.F.C. have become the first International Invitation 7s team to add a Ladies Team to the club. Womans Rugby was given a great boost as the Samurai team took the Sofia 7s tournament by storm. It is hoped that the team will be able to continue to enter many more tournaments over the next few years.
amurai Ladies 7s win first tournament
The Samurai Ladies 7's team returned from their debut tournament as winners. The team, shadowing the equally successful mens team, went through the entire tournament without a single point being scored against them.
Coached by Nigel Brook-Walters (Wasps), Andrew Willett (Australian 7's) and Colin Hillman (Welsh 7's coach) the Samurai Ladies beat the Bulgarian National Team 57 - o in the final.
Throughout the tournament the team played with such style and skill that the girls would have been more than a match for many of the mens team competing in Bulgaria.
Sally Wise, captain of Samurai Ladies, was delighted with the result. "It really was a great perfomance from the girls given the minimum time available to prepare together.
It is particularly pleasing after the support shown to us by sponsors Samurai, Gerrard and ULR. The whole squad is really looking forward to our next competition".
The Samurai development team "the Sharks" performed admirably as they entered the North Riding Scarborough 7s. Captained by Wakefield's Jon Skurr a mixture of old heads and debutant youngsters, blended well under the guidance of the new Gloucester Academy Coach Mark Hewitt.
Baz Hocking, Ben Wickens and Martin Olima all Academy youngsters made their debut’s for the Samurai Sharks team, who ran the very experienced White Hart Marauders side close. Losing the semi final by 17 points to 7. Samurai's try was scored by Baz Hocking who put in a fine performance.
The Sharks went on to take 3rd place beating Bristol University in the play off.
The Sharks v Marauders game should have perhaps been the final as the Marauders went on to win the final by a big margin against the Crusaders.
The Samurai team, in only their 2nd ever 10s tournament were again beaten at the semi-final stage of this tough competition.
In the pool games they disposed of Glenmorangie Black Watch Fijians, Pacific Coast Grizzlies, Chinese Universities and the Irish Vikings. All of the pool games were highly competitive as is the norm at this high standard tournament.
A last minute call off from Australian 7s Fly half Tim Walshe did not help the Samurai cause, but when Queensland Reds and a Super 12 Contract came calling, the answer was never going to be No.
The Samurai Semi Final against favourites NZ Metro was a very physical affair.
The appointment of a New Zealand referee for this match was perhaps a little unfair and he struggled to take control of the game in the correct manner.
The contact area became a lottery and this eventually culminated in some very dubious decisions. The game deteriorated rapidly and the large supportive crowd could not believe some of the referee's decisions against the Samurai team.
Lewitt and Powell of the Samurai spent time in the Sin Bin and with less than a minute left Brent Wilson finally got his marching orders with a Red Card. The card came much to late and Metro ran out winners by 15 points to Nil.
The 2nd consecutive semi final defeat, but a defeat with honour as the Samurai again became the highest placed Notrhern Hemisphere team in the competition.
John Devereaux - Swansea / Ben Lewitt - Orrell.
Gerrie Engelbrecht and Francois Hoffman - Blue Bulls.
Andy Powell - Celtic Warriors / Jim Jenner - Worcester.
Kingsley Jones - Pontypridd / Kramer Ronaki - Bedford.
Dan Connelley - London Welsh / Chris Yates - Worcester.
Chris Macdonald - Bridgend / Jon Boden - Rugby Lions.
Ed Burrill - Wasps / Simon Hunt - Perpignan /
John Carter - Doncaster.
Coach = Colin Hillman. Manager = Terry Sands. Physio = Ian Horslet.
The Samurai team for Hong Kong have been very fortunate indeed to enlist the generous support of Welsh Company Thrislington Clean Rooms, whose manufacturing base is in India. The Samurai team are now able to add to the list of companies that have made the trip to Hong Kong possible.
The whole Samurai Team are most thankful to ULR Norwich, Thrislington Clean Rooms, Bostall's, RKL, Magnus Group. And Iver Technical Services.
We sincerely hope we can go One better than last year.
THRISLINGTON CLEAN ROOMS INDIA
After last years first ever effort at Ten a side Rugby and their subsequent Semi Final exit against the eventual winners New Zealand Metro. The Hong Kong Tens organisors have invited the team back for the 2004 tournament, to be held at the Hong Kong Football Club on the 24th / 25th March.
The Samurai management certainly learnt a lot from last years tournament and they hope they can go One better this year.
This years team will include Alan Bateman and John Devereaux as well as several other well known faces.
The team have been fortunate to attract the support of several additional sponsors for this One off tournament as it outside of the teams normal 7s budget.
Huge thanks must go to ULR Norwich, Bostall's Kent, RHK Design Hong Kong and
Iver Technical Services for their generous support.
Watch this space to see how the team goes..........
June 11-12, 2004
Cayman Rugby Enthusiasts Limited today released the dates for the 2004 Cayman International Rugby Sevens tournament. The Tournament is scheduled to take place at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on June 11-12, 2004. The Supporters tournament for club sides is scheduled to take place on June 10th, 2004 at the Cayman Islands Rugby Football Club.
The 2003 tournament was won by Samurai led by England Seven's Captain Simon Amor in a pulsating game decided in the final seconds. Samurai overcame the British Army side 22-21.
The organizers expect a top quality field in 2004 with last year's finalists expected to return to be joined by the Fijian National Sevens Champions, the United States Sevens Champions, Rugby Ecosse, former winners of the tournament and teams featuring leading players from the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
For further information on the tournament please see the tournament website at www.cisevens.com .
A great deal of thanks must go to the Samurai sponsors for this years Dubai 7s. The Samurai have participated in 11 tournaments so far this year and have an excellent record. Dubai will be tournament No 12 and additional sponsorship assistance has had to be found for this event.
ULR Norwich who are the teams Premier sponsor, have given the team tremendous support this season. Bostall's of Bromley in Kent, Starglaze Windows and Magnus Distribution of Ipswich has given additional assistance.
Without the generous support of these companies, the Team would not exist. Thank you from all of the Management and Players.