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South Island SevensThe South Island 7s International Rugby Tournament kicks off at Watcombe Bottom, Ventnor tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Large crowds are expected to watch an action-packed day of tournaments at the rugby extravaganza. Saturday sees 24 teams competing in the invitational men’s and women’s elite team tournaments.

Matches will comprise of 2x 7-minute halves. The teams will be competing in knockout trophies in 4 pools of 3 teams for a share of a £1,500 prize fund. The teams derive from nations as diverse as Fiji, South Africa, and Nigeria. The armed forces will also be present with rugby teams from the Army, Navy, and Royal Air Force taking part.

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Amongst the teams playing in the Elite competition on Saturday will be the Navy Sharks. Representing the team is former Ryde School and Vectis RFC player, 20-year-old Jack Davis. Having joined the Royal Navy in 2020 as an Air Engineering Technician and currently based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, Jack has already played for the Navy U23s and was recently part of the Cornwall U20s that won the County Championship.

Jack says:

“I’m thrilled to be playing for the Navy Sharks, especially on home turf. The standard is going to be really high on the Saturday, but it’s exciting to get the opportunity to play against them.”

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Jack Davies

The action will continue Sunday when a further 24 sides will battle it out in the Men’s and Women’s Tourist Trophies. The Isle of Wight will be represented by the South Island Sundaes, made up of a combination of players from the Isle of Wight club, the Hurricanes, and Ventnor.

Tickets must be bought online (there are no ticket sales on the gate). Online tickets are available until 15:00 on Saturday from Gates open at 10:00 and the first kick-off is at 10:30. Entry on Sunday is free.

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