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AJ Bell to host Manchester European Sevens

21 July 2014

  • AJ Bell Stadium to host third leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s Series
  • Tickets available on
Howard Packman

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This September, the rugby party heads north for the Manchester European Sevens tournament.

Taking place over the weekend of September 13 and 14, the tournament will see 12 teams take to AJ Bell Stadium, home of Sale Sharks, for two days of back-to-back rugby.

The third leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s Series in Manchester follows earlier rounds in Lyon and Moscow, before the tournament concludes in Bucharest on September 20 and 21.

England Sevens, who are currently in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, lead the way in the European series, having claimed the Moscow title with a 47-12 victory over Portugal. The win came as a welcome boost after a disappointing showing during the Lyon leg. Speaking ahead of the team’s departure to Glasgow, head coach Simon Amor said:

“It is an exciting few months for sevens with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the end of July and then the third leg of the European Series in Manchester next month.  England had incredible support in London for the final tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series and I’m sure it will be the same in Manchester.  It is always extra special for the squad playing in front of a home crowd.

“Just as Moscow formed part of our preparations for the Games, the third and fourth FIRA tournaments will be important tournaments as we look ahead to next year’s world series.”

As well as watching England play on home soil, ticket holders will see home nations Wales and Scotland travel to Manchester for the tournament, hosted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), as well as Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and Spain.

France will also compete in the Manchester European Sevens, having claimed the title on home soil in the Lyon leg of the series in June.

Renowned as bringing a carnival atmosphere to venues, most noticeably seen in the Marriott London Sevens, the seven-a-side game provides the ideal opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some first class sport, and for as little as £10 per person.

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Ticket prices

Weekend Passes £25
Day Tickets - Seated £15
Day Tickets - Standing £10
Under 16s - £5