French and Jamaicans take on England and Ireland at Greene King IPA Sevens

Rugby 7s teams from France and Jamaica are set to join teams from both the England and Ireland national squads at this year’s Greene King IPA Rugby Sevens tournament next month, making the event truly of international standard. 

The tournament, now in its 9th year, pits the four different nations against each other in the first of four national Super Sevens Series Tournaments to be run through the summer across the country. The event, hosted at Bury St Edmunds rugby club in Suffolk, takes place on Sunday 7th May 2017 and has a full house of high profile national, premiership and elite 7s squads competing. 

Seen as one of the premier 7s tournaments on the UK circuit, the Greene King IPA 7s event will operate an Open competition for development & local sides alongside the Elite tournament.

Elite teams confirmed to are: 

  • Northampton Saints 
  • Worcester Warriors
  • England IPF Development
  • French 7 Fantastics
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Jamaica Crocs
  • Samurai Barracudas 
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Marauders
  • Apache
  • Scimitar Exiles
  • Esher
  • Wallers 7s
  • The Black Sheep 
  • Ramblin Jesters  
  • Army 7s  
  • J9 Bears
Northampton Saints, Worcester Warriors, French 7 Fantastics (comprising former France Student Internationals) and Esher are all entering as guest teams alongside the 12 elite 7s specialist teams of the Super Sevens Series.
Teams competing in the Open men’s line up are Bury Barbarians, including many of Bury’s St Edmunds current N2 1XV squad, Samurai Bulldogs, Royal Navy Sharks, Stunts, Old Framlinghamians and Apache Braves.

Each of the elite teams will be battling to win the £7000 prize money, presented to them by this year’s sporting celebrity guest. Previous guests have included England players Chris Ashton, James Haskell, David Strettle, Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley, Billy Vunipola and last year Andy Goode.

The family friendly day, sponsored by Greene King IPA, will once again be packed with activities and games for children, food and drink stalls including a hog roast, barbeque, a beer festival and merchandise stalls. 

Speaking about the event Michael Robinson, BSE RUFC Club Chairman said, “With teams from four different nations competing at the event this year, it really is our best line-up of elite teams yet at the Greene King IPA 7s. The quality of the teams, including premiership sides such as Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors, alongside the amazingly athletic and skillful  specialist 7s squads of the Super Seven Series, make this year’s event a must attend for any rugby fan. Nowhere else in East Anglia can you see such high quality fast rugby 7s played at this level, an absolute treat for any sports enthusiasts. The tournament isn’t just for hardcore rugby fans either; the day is packed with fun activities for the whole family to take part in from climbing walls and quad biking riding to RAF and fire brigade vehicles to climb aboard.”

Gates open from 9.30am with tickets available on entry or in advance with early bird discounted tickets via the clubs website or direct at  Gate prices are £15 per adult, £5 for U16s and free for Under 5s.

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