Middlesex 7s Festival Competitions
Competition Formats & Qualification Criteria
|Middlesex 7s Open Cup*||The Open Cup allows open and club teams to compete in pool rounds with the pool winners progressing to knock out finals. The winner will qualify for the England Rugby Sevens Series national finals.||Recommended for teams playing at senior league level|
|Middlesex Women’s 7s Open Cup*||Played in pool rounds with winners progressing to knock out finals. The winner will receive the Flynn Rose Bowl and qualify for the England Rugby Sevens Series Women’s Competition.||Senior women’s club and open teams and senior university teams|
|Middlesex Club 7s Cup||This competition for bona-fide club teams forming the core of the traditional Middlesex 7s. It is played as a waterfall competition to ensure that all competing clubs get as many games as possible. Teams will progress through the competition to play for the Cup, Plate, Bowl or Vase trophies.||This competition is recommended for teams playing at League Level 5 and below. Clubs playing at Merit Table level may also enter.|
|Middlesex Social & Merit 7s||Like the senor club competition, this is played as a waterfall eliminator with losers of each round progressing to plate and bowl competitions.||Clubs playing at Merit Table level, and open / social teams of a similar level.|
|Middlesex 7s Women’s Vase||For all junior and development women’s club and student teams. Winner will receive the Women’s Vase Trophy.||Junior and development teams|
|Vets X Rugby 7s||A new competition for Vets teams played in the X Rugby format across half a pitch. More about the X Rugby format…||Vets teams|
|Middlesex Social Touch Cup
||Teams may have up to 12 players registered in their team. A minimum of two female players must be on the pitch at all times throughout the competition. The tournament will follow a ‘round robin’ pool competition.||Mixed six-a-side teams|
* Denotes qualifier for the England Rugby National Sevens Series
The England Rugby Sevens Series returns for summer 2020, with tournaments across England for anyone that wants to play the shortened format of the game. Competitions are split into open and social tiers.
PLAY TO WIN, OR PLAY FOR FUN
If you’re in it to win it, enter our open competition. The winners of the men’s and women’s Open Competition will accumulate series points. Teams with the most series points will qualify for the National Final at Nottingham RFC on 11 July 2020, where the top 16 men’s and top eight women’s teams will battle it out to become champions of England. The more local qualifiers you enter, the more chances you have to build up points.
If you just fancy an end of season run around, our social tier tournaments could be more for you. Don’t compete for series points, just turn up to tournaments with your team, play social sevens and enjoy the day on and off the field.
X Rugby 7s is a new format of rugby which is big on enjoyment and low on commitment. It’s a quicker game, with fewer players which can be played almost anywhere. It is contact rugby but not as you know it!
What’s more, it’s played across half a pitch, so it’s an ideal format for vets to play 7-a-side rugby.
What you need to know:
- XRugby7s is played on half a standard pitch
- There is a reduced intensity of contact
- The format includes new features such as the Max Zone – extra points for scoring in the middle of the pitch (swan-dive optional).
For more information, visit the RFU website: https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/ways-to-play/xrugby7s