This year’s 7s will take place on Saturday 15th April, and everything is coming together very nicely for the headline event of the University’s Alumni Weekend.
Following the success of last year’s Performance Tournament we have decided to continue with the same format, welcoming back clubs such as the ISC Red Kites and university sides from Durham, Manchester and Edinburgh. Excitingly, for the first time this year the University will be entering a competitive side in the Performance Tournament under the alias of the St Andrews Cavaliers. As in previous years, the Cavaliers will play in memory of Steve Sims, the former St Andrews 1st XV captain who tragically passed away in 2012.
In addition to this, we are expanding the Social Tournament this year to 32 teams, allowing for a wide range of rugby talent to grace University Park. Among this assortment are returning alumni, with both the Dambusters and Kite Runners due to take part alongside the four current St Andrews teams.
The Women’s Tournament keeps growing this year, with an unprecedented amount of teams from across the country participating. For the second year in a row, an English team is making its way up to St Andrews and we await playing Durham WRFC with great anticipation. Women’s Rugby keeps getting the recognition it deserves on the international stage and our Sevens Tournament is set on celebrating that.
Further to this, we’ve partnered with the student events platform Fixr as our headline sponsor, producing the USTARFC Fixr 7s. This has allowed us to expand the after party; this year, the evening entertainment will take place in a marquee housing 1500 guests on North Haugh. Having moved to a new location, a great deal of work has gone into the event to ensure it is the biggest 7s after party to date.
Everything is firmly in place for what promises to be yet another successful St Andrews 7s. As always, the weather remains the only true uncertainty, but we still hope to see you there rain or shine.