- Finals of Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series to be held on 28th July
- Bath Recreation Ground to host final for the second year in a row
- Enter your side here
The Recreation Ground in Bath has been confirmed as the venue for the Secure Trading 24/Sevens National Finals.
The finals will take place on 28th July and will be the culmination of England Rugby’s nationwide series seeking out the very best men’s and women’s sevens teams.
The competition kicks off this month with over 40 local qualifiers taking place around the country between March and June.
The dates and locations of the regional play-offs have also been confirmed – Northern (West Park Leeds, 30 June), South East (Ealing Trailfinders, 1 July), Midlands (Birmingham Solihull Portway, 7 July) and South West (Plymouth Albion, 15 July).
Sevens rugby is a key part of England Rugby’s work with Sport England, broadening high quality playing opportunities for all players.
Last year, the competition attracted 10,700 players from across the country, with the series growing steadily year on year.
Last year saw Northern Lights and Ilkley crowned the women's and men's winners in the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series national finals.
Ilkley, a team formed of friends from West Yorkshire, won the competition in their first year of entering the tournament following a competitive day of rugby in which they beat some exceptionally strong teams from across the country.
Northern Lights, made up of players from teams across the north of England, proved too strong on the day for Hartpury Ladies. Both teams will be looking to defend their titles this year.
"There has never been a more exciting time for rugby sevens as we get set to cheer on England Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in April and at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in July," said RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger.
"We hope these major events will inspire new teams to enter the tournament and compete for the country’s highest national accolade in rugby sevens at a community level”.