The date has been set as the ever popular annual Greene King IPA Sevens tournament returns to Bury St Edmunds for a seventh year.
Taking place once again at the Greene King IPA Haberden ground, the tournament will see top name clubs and international sides including premiership sides Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors as well as national Sevens teams from Ireland, Nigeria and Wales converge on the town on Sunday, May 3 to challenge for a slice of the £7000 prize money
As well as the Saints, Sharks and Warriors, Samurai Barracudas, Wailers, Apache, Irish Exiles, Welsh Academicals, Esher and Ramblin Jesters will be some of the teams competing in the 16-team elite competition, while there will also be an eight-side open competition and six-team women’s 7s event.
“This will be our seventh year of hosting the Greene King IPA 7s and during that relatively short time it has developed a reputation as one of the premier Sevens tournaments on the circuit attracting some of the best 7s teams in the world”, said Michael Robinson, Bury St Edmunds RUFC’s Club Chairman.
“2015 will be a phenomenal year for rugby with the World Cup being played on British soil and interest in the sport at an all time high.
“Sevens rugby has even higher fast paced action and thrills and spills than the full XV game, which is why it makes such as great spectator sport.
“Last year we had in excess of 2500 spectators join us for this tournament and we expect that to rise this year.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for sports fans to watch some of the top players in our game right here in East Anglia.”
The event will also include a sporting celebrity guest to present the winning trophy, following previous special guest appearances from England players Chris Ashton, James Haskell, David Strettle, Courtney Lawes and last year Dylan Hartley.
Alongside the tournament, the club will once again be hosting a beer festival throughout the weekend kicking off on Friday, May 1 from 7pm.
Entrance for the event, which includes food, drink and merchandise stalls, children’s play activities and family friendly competitions is £10 per adult, £5 for under-15s and free for under-fives, with discounts for members of the Armed Forces.
Spectators can pay at the gate on the day.