Keynsham rugby club to host elite tournament again
KEYNSHAM Rugby Club has been chosen to stage a leg of the inaugural National Rugby Sevens Series for the fourth year in succession.
The popular tournament, which features elite players from home and abroad, was first chosen to stage the event back in 2010.
The series is the brainchild of former University of Bristol classics graduate Tim Lacey, 35, who launched the Ultimate Rugby Sevens website more than three years ago.
Mr Lacey, who has worked hard to build on the increasing popularity of seven-a-side rugby, said he chose the club of the facilities and the atmosphere enjoyed by sevens tournaments in the south west.
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Keynsham RFC has six full-size pitches and will host the West Country Sevens between Friday, June 14 and Sunday, June 16.
The other three legs of the elite tournament are played in London, Manchester and Newquay.
The last three tournaments have seen thousands of players and spectators flock to the club.
The three-day competition will see the star players appear on Saturday, but there will also be sevens competitions for men, women, mixed sex and junior team events on Sunday.
This year will see a fun mixed event on the Friday followed by watching England rugby league stars take on The Exiles on the clubhouse TV.
People are also being encouraged to watch the British Lions the following morning take on the NSW Waratahs in Australia.
Teams have the opportunity to camp on site on Friday and Saturday evening for £100 per team.
There will also be a two-day West Country 7's coaching course for children aged from Under 6 to Under 12.
Mr Lacey had been a talented rugby player himself and in 1996, aged 18, had signed with Gloucester RFC.
Just weeks afterwards, while on a celebratory ski trip with Bristol University, he snapped all the major ligaments in his knee beyond repair and had to accept he would never play rugby again.