Players and management alike are honoured to be selected to participate and to be associated with the Samurai International Team. Paul Treu (SA 7’s) and Dai Rees (Wales 7’s) are also working with the Samurai 7’s Team to help develop their young players.
“During my tenure as England 7’s coach we were very pleased with our association with Samurai 7’s. They were the preferred feeder team for England’s exciting young players. The Samurai 7’s is a professional set up with a rugby emphasis of player development coupled with enjoying the 7’s experience in a winning environment. The Samurai have helped develop a large number of players who have progressed to represent England 7’s and then in turn the Senior National side. David Strettle and James Haskell are 2 such examples.
Former England Sevens Head Coach & current Samurai International RFC Chairman
“For me, coaching the Samurai team is an honour and a privilege. We have often achieved the impossible when considering an invitation team brings together an unfamiliar mix of youth, flair and experience having to achieve and perform with minimal preparation. ”
Former Wales Sevens Coach & Samurai International RFC Coach
“Samurai are a great vehicle to have for England Sevens to utilise for player identification and progression. I can always guarantee a well organised team off the field and this makes my life so much easier when discussing release for Players, especially from the Premiership as they know each individual athlete will be treated brilliantly and their welfare put as number one priority. The team has gained a fantastic reputation within rugby and this attracts some great players to wear the famous shirt. Everytime I have coached a Samurai side, it has always been hugely beneficial personally and for England Sevens and it serves as another great route to help identify and nurture the nations best talent in the game.”
Current England Sevens Head Coach