Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Friday, July 01, 2011

Euro Sevens: Eyes on Riga

After the excitement and razzmatazz of yesterday's big announcement for the XVs game, its back to Sevens this weekend and the Second Division of the European Championship.

The goal for the 12 teams playing in the Latvian capital this weekend is promotion to the top division of European Sevens, and maybe through that qualification for the 2013 World Cup.

And it could not be more wide open. Really. 10 of the 12 teams taking part can all harbour realistic hopes of winning the prize - only Malta and Israel will be starting with worries about likely relegation in their minds.

Switzerland in particular will have a point to prove. Beaten finalists in 2010 they were overlooked for promotion to the top table following Wales's withdrawal in favour of Romania (because they are hosting the First Division) - a decision that provoked the response "WTF?! We *thrashed* them last year!" from one of the Swiss players (other responses are less printable).

However, they will not have it their own way by a long chalk. Ukraine and Norway, both up from Division 3, look good - Ukraine in particular, who have blown most opponents away since they appeared on the women's rugby scene only three years ago. Throw in teams like the Czech Republic - arguably central Europe's leading team - as well as Andorra  and Belgium (who have both appeared in the top division in the past, and are desperate to return there) and it promises to be a fascinating weekend.

Even better, a live video feed is promised. Fingers crossed on that one...

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