The Doom Bar Newquay 7s, Cornwall’s largest rugby 7s tournament, returns for the 11th year on Saturday (June 22) at Newquay Tretherras School.

The tournament prides itself on championing women’s rugby and has also in the past welcomed teams from abroad, including the Netherlands, along with the very best of English women’s 7s teams, such as the Moody Cows, Pink Babas and three times champions, The Wooden Spoon. This year, there will be 16 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams.

Doom Bar Newquay 7s has, over the years, also supported the Referee Development Programme, and organiser Andy Hawken is delighted to see names that once refereed in the Newquay 7s tournament now refereeing at the top level. Among those are Luke Pearce, who has refereed several games at European level, and Sarah Cox, the first woman to referee a men’s premiership rugby match.

Hawken said: “Over the past decade we have seen this tournament become hugely successful, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming back familiar teams as well as new ones. We’re very grateful to Sharp’s Brewery and Sailors Arms in Newquay, who are our main sponsors yet again.

“Sailors has supported the tournament from day one, providing an ample venue to relax in, and in recent years, Sharp’s Brewery has helped consolidate the tournament with its rugby sponsorship and donation of prizes and, in addition, provides much appreciated post-tournament refreshment for our players.”

Dai Griffiths, commercial director at Sharp’s Brewery, added: “We’re thrilled to once again be supporting the Doom Bar Newquay 7s. We have a strong affiliation with Cornish grassroots rugby and are now sponsoring a number of key clubs across the county.

“The sheer popularity of this 7s tournament and the fact that we see the same teams returning each year is an acknowledgement of how loved it is within the rugby 7s community. We look forward to another weekend of (hopefully sunny) rugby celebrations in Newquay.”

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