Samurai International RFC
ULR Samurai International RFC is now one of the most prestigious, recognised, and feared teams on the International circuit. Famed for their striking kit, professional attitude and on-field flair, they have grown into arguably the world’s most successful invitational sevens team.
The team was founded in 1996 by Terry Sands, when asked to enter a team into the 25th Amsterdam Sevens. Inspired by the spirit and tenacity of the Japanese team at the 1995 World Cup, the new team was dubbed “Samurai Rugby” with the goal of encapsulating the passionate, adventurous and free flowing style of rugby of the ‘Cherry Blossoms’.
The Samurai International team has worked closely in the past with all the home nation sevens set ups, as well as other International teams such as New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and South Africa, to “blood” up and coming youngsters to prepare them for the international stage. The national teams have even “ghosted” as the Samurai International team at invitation tournaments, using their professional management support team and structure as much needed team practice prior to IRB WSS events.
It would take too long to list how many players Samurai have helped to develop in their Rugby careers and who have since gone on to gain International honours in both Sevens and the Fifteen a side game! Up and coming as well as experienced management teams from all over the world have also been used in assisting the Samurai team to identify and nurture talent.
With sevens’ inclusion in the 2016 Olympics, the sport is definitely on the up and Samurai International RFC is at the forefront of this evolution. To buy in to the team’s professional ethos and represent this famous team is an honour many players aspire to and will do for years to come.