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Bournemouth 7s National Cup Unveiled

This week the Diamond Sporting Group, owners of the Bournemouth 7s Festival and partners of Find Rugby Now, have announced an exciting line up for the Viper 10 National Cup at the 2013 Festival.

For those of you who have not had the chance to attend the Festival, the competitions are divided into different categories with something for everyone – whether you are looking for two days of intense competition or one day of drinking!

The National Cup is designed for invitational teams all competing for the prize of £2,000.

The world-famous Army Rugby Sevens will be returning to defend their title on the back of three successive National Cup titles. The team, which is made up of serving soldiers, has a simple mission statement ‘to keep the British Army in the public eye through world-class performances on the rugby field’.

Hot on their heels will be last year’s finalists, the Midwives, who return for the second year in a row.

FRN 7s team posing with Nigeria A at the Harpenden 7s

Meanwhile, the Viper 10 National Cup will retain its true international feel, welcoming the Nigerian National Team captained by former Northampton Saints and England 7s squad member, David Akinluyi. Find Rugby Now had the pleasure of facing this team at last year’s National Pub 7s and we look forward to seeing them in action (against someone else!).

Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby will also be entering a team whilst new additions Red Panda 7s will fancy their chances after finishing as beaten finalists at last year’s Kinsale 7s.

Meanwhile, a host of talented 7s teams will be returning in 2013 including Templar 7s, Carmarthen Warriors, Apache (England 7s and FRN blogger Chris Cracknell’s former team), Esher RFC and Bryanston Old Boys (who FRN faced in the semi-finals at the National Pub 7s last summer).

The line-up is completed by the Wooden Spoon charity team and the Clic Sargent Godfathers.

With the National Cup now full and spaces in the social competitions filling up quicker than ever before, the 2013 Bournemouth 7s Festival looks certain to be a cracker!

Bournemouth 7s Festival will be taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from the 24th – 26th May 2013. It is estimated that 20,000 people will descend on Bournemouth Sports Club. Live bands and DJs will be on stage all weekend in both the Carlsberg Beer Tent and on the Nintendo Festival Stage whilst the Animal Bike Tour and Wave 105 Family Zone will keep the whole family entertained.

By all accounts, this year’s Festival looks like it will be the biggest event yet and the quality of the National Cup line up reflects its ever-growing reputation.

Find Rugby Now will be there representing in style in the social competition and we look forward to seeing you all on the pitch or the beer tent – take your pick!

For more information or to enter your team visit the website or call their head office on 01202 545 630.

About Ellaine

Ellaine is the founder of FRN and author of "Mini and Youth Rugby: Complete Guide for Coaches and Parents" (published October 2015). She has been playing rugby union for over 10 years in the UK and the US for teams including Oxford University Blues, London Wasps, Henley, NOVA, and GWU. She has recently developed a love for rugby 7s and has played on several international rugby 7s teams. She also enjoys playing touch rugby and regularly plays for the FRN Mixed Touch Rugby team. She is passionate about helping others develop a love for rugby. View all posts by Ellaine

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