This Saturday sees the first round of the newly formed Warwickshire seven-a-side league, to be hosted by Old Laurentians at their Fenley Field ground. This abbreviated form of rugby football offers a fast and thrilling alternative to the winter game and is ideally suited to the harder, faster ground conditions of summer.
The Warwickshire 7s League kicks off with five clubs competing and joining OLs in the draw will be Broad Street, Barkers Butts, Earlsdon and Old Coventrians. Each club will host a round of the league over the coming weeks and the first county sevens champions will be the club with the best record over the five rounds.
Laurentians will go into this competition with sights firmly set on winning it, as the club’s sevens squad – aka the OL Racing Snakes – is fast establishing a reputation as the one to look out for on the sevens circuit across the Midlands. Inspired, organised and led by Mark Todd, only once in the last two years has the team failed to reach a final of the competitions it has entered.
Last year the squad won the Barkers Butts 7s, then went back to the Coventry club this year to claim the crown at their 10s tournament. Earlier they were just shaded out at the Alcester tournament to finish as runners up and have since won the Bowl competition at the strong Milton Keynes tournament.
Play gets under way this Saturday at 12.45pm and with each club playing the other four there will be a total of ten games, each played over two halves of seven minutes. So go along to Bilton to enjoy a feast of running rugby!