England stars Dylan Hartley and Billy Vunipola are set to make Sunday’s Premier International Sevens at Bury Rugby Club a day not to miss.
After fellow international David Strettle, due to hand out the trophies at The Haberden, had to drop out with his wife ill, Bury have this week managed to line up both Northampton Saints hooker Hartley and Strettle’s Saracens team-mate Vunipola.
In what will be the sixth year of the Greene King IPA-sponsored event, Bury chairman Mike Robinson believes it will be bigger and better than ever before, with Aviva Premiership reigning champions Leicester Tigers sending their former captain and Irish international Geordan Murphy to coach a strong side .
England 2003 World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall will also be on hand to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
“This level of sport anywhere in the region is very unusual as it tends to be a bit of a backwater for international sport this side of Northamtpon and we are hoping to attract people from far and wide,” said Robinson.
Numbers were recorded at 2,500 last year, but with the strength of the Tigers’ team this year, along with international sides from Nigeria and Belgium and B sides from Ireland and Wales, as well as Sale Sharks entering, Robinson is expecting 3,000.
With gates opening at 9.30am and the elite final scheduled for 6.20pm, this year’s event will also include a women’s competition, children’s activities and the Suffolk beer festival. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for under-15s with under-5s free.