SAMURAI RFC Warriors
FOUNDED: 1996 HKFC10s: 13 (2003-04, 2007, 2010-19) HIGHLIGHTS: Cup final 2010, 2013, 2016; Cup semis 2003, 2004, 2012, 2014; Plate winners 2018; Plate final 2015; Bowl winners 2017
Samurai Rugby Football Club was founded by Terry Sands in 1996, being inspired by the playing spirit and tenacity of the Japanese national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Samurai Rugby has gone
on to become one of the best 7s clubs in the world.
It operates on a purely invitational basis, usually creating a new squad of coaches and players for each tournament, with a win/loss ratio which is the envy of the sport.
Squads are usually a mix of professional and amateur players and coaches, but more especially a mix of nationalities with at least five or six countries being represented. Players do not get paid for playing and
being selected to play for Samurai Rugby is seen as an honour, even for professional players.
Samurai are one of the world’s most decorated invitational sevens sides and last year won the Amsterdam 7s, Chester 7s and the UK’s Super Sevens Series, which they have won since 2013. Samurai founder Terry Sands, formerly Team Manager for England Saxons then England Sevens, remains in charge behind the scenes. Samurai have been loyal attendees of the HK10s and are back this year with as strong a side as ever looking to gain some silverware.