Three Teams Searching for Double Glory on Sand and Grass with UR7s this autumn in Cape Town

With the tap-off of the Beach Rugby Series just over a week away and the new UR7a-side Series following it closely on the 6th of March, it seems to be all systems go for the teams that have entered.

The excitement is building for both tournaments as teams prepare to bring the heat to the last dregs of summer; the amount of flair that will be on display should warm you up even if a sun drenched evening on the beach or field doesn’t.

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There are 3 teams who will be looking to assert their dominance on both the sand and grass each week. The Amazing Galaxy Warriors, a touch team from the Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town. The FHS Academy, which is a touch rugby academy dedicated to the growth and devolvement of players and the UCT Cobras, an internal league team who is well known in the Varsity Cup Koshuis league.

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All 3 teams have taken the proverbial plunge and entered themselves into the Beach Rugby Series and the new and exciting non-contact 7s series, UR7a-side. The BRS is a well-established sand-based series that never fails to entertain while the UR7a-side League is a fresh, innovative blend of 7s rugby and touch that promises thrills across the park.

Last year’s winners of the BRS, the Amazing Galaxy Warriors; have set themselves the goal of retaining their title. They have an upcoming national tournament in Durban and will be using the beach as a means to train and bond as a team. With their familiarity and dominance on the sands of Camps Bay, they have decided to set themselves a new challenge as they look to become the “7s Legends of the Western Cape”. The question is, can they do the double?

With its roots stemming from the Diocesan College (Bishops) Old Boys, the Cobras team was created as a team for players who left their schoolboy days behind but wished to continue their rugby in a social capacity. ‘Social’ is hardly a description for the way they play though. The Cobras brand and rugby-style alike have lit up many a Wednesday night at the UCT Internal league and now they continue by raising their sails in search of new challenges and horizons, joining leagues around Cape Town.

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The FHS Academy is a sports academy which looks to develop all aspects of the younger generation within the arena of touch. They are a “home away from home” that aims to grow character and leadership in its members and their focus on touch rugby as a vessel to create well rounded individuals has seen them spreading their brand far and wide. They have developed into an exciting side full of potential. Both series’ are better off for having them.

It promises to be an electric end to summer. The excitement is palpable, specifically in these three camps, as they will meet each other twice a week on occasion, looking to cement their place as the best across the 2 different formats.

As Al Pacino once said, “…On any given Sunday you're either gonna win or you're gonna lose…” Let’s hope these teams can stay on the winning side of that quote, except for them it’s any given Thursday on the beach or Monday on the pitch. See you there to support with either the sand between your toes or a cold drink in your hand. You can let the experience and the Cape Town summer do the rest.

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