3 years ago
By Mark Wapshott
The annual Greene King IPA Sevens tournament held at Bury St Edmunds RUFC has once again secured a host of top name teams to compete.
The tournament, currently in its sixth year will welcome several premiership clubs including Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and Worcester; as well as international sides, Ireland, Nigeria and Belgium.Entrance for the event, which includes food, drink and merchandise stalls, children play activities and family friendly competitions are £10 per adult, £5 for U15s and free for Under 5, with discounts for members of the Armed Forces. The tournament, which is sponsored by Bury-based brewer Greene King IPA, will be held on Sunday 4th May 2014 and will feature sixteen teams within its elite competition, an eight side Open competition for local teams including a Bury side comprising several of Bury’s 1st team players; and for the first time, a four team Women’s 7s tournament.
As in previous years, the standard of rugby will be high with several top 7s sides such Samurai Barracudas, Apache and Welsh Charitables hoping to steal the title from last year’s winners, Saracens.
“In just five years the Greene King IPA 7s has developed a reputation as one of the best Sevens tournaments on the circuit and this is once again demonstrated by the incredible line up of teams entered”, said Michael Robinson, Bury St Edmunds RUFC’s Club Chairman. “Last year we welcomed over 2500 spectators to the ground and we are confident, weather permitting, to beat that record this year. It’s an opportunity for sports fans to watch some of the top players in our game right here in East Anglia. There are still a couple team places available in both of the men’s competitions but teams need to hurry if they wish to secure a place.”
Alongside the tournament, the club will once again be hosting a "Beer Festival" throughout the weekend kicking off on Friday 2nd May from 7pm. In addition to the introduction of the Women’s tournament, another new attraction for 2014, will be adopting the Sevens tradition of encouraging spectators to don fancy dress to win a prize for the best outfit. Commenting Michael Robinson said, “Of course anything goes when it comes to the fancy dress, but we’re sure plenty of people will take their cue from the date, ‘May the 4th be with you!’ and come along in a Stars Wars theme. The atmosphere during the 7s every year is always electric. It’s a great family day out, but with the added dynamic of a fancy dress competition, it should be great fun for all ages.”
Confirmed line-up of Elite competitors so far:
Anticipation is already building as to who will be the sporting celebrity guest to present the winning trophy this year following previous special guest appearances from England players Chris Ashton, James Haskell, David Strettle and Courtney Lawes.