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National glory for young rugby stars

The first national rugby sevens title win in Bishop Burton College’s history will provide a platform for students to go on to even greater success. That’s the view of further education rugby coach Tomasi Ta Numi, who saw his side win the Association of Colleges’ Rugby Sevens Championship for the first time after an intense schedule of nine games in just three days. 

The team had made it through to the finals of the competition after successfully negotiating the regional heats and came out on top after winning eight of their last nine games.

It was the first time in the college’s history that it has won the sevens championship and Tomasi, himself a semi-professional player, believes it can be a springboard for bigger and better things for his players. He told us: “They now know that they are good players and they could go on and play at a higher level. With the stage they are at, nothing should hold them back.”