The draw and line-up for the 85th Middlesex Charity Sevens on August 14 has been revealed, with 16 sides battling it out for the coveted Russell Cargill Trophy. As well as including four teams that were part of the inaugural National Sevens Series, Twickenham will welcome six Premierships clubs and four international sides that are preparing for the Commonwealth Games.
The draw for the 85th Middlesex Charity Sevens on August 14 has been revealed, with 16 sides battling it out for the coveted Russell Cargill Trophy.
As well as including four teams that were part of the inaugural National Sevens Series, Twickenham will welcome eight Premierships clubs and four international sides that are preparing for the Commonwealth Games.
The event will follow its traditional knockout format, with sides playing first round fixtures before being split into respective Cup and Plate competitions.
Last year saw a star-studded London Irish side pip invitational powerhouse Samurai International to the title by 26-19.
Irish start their defence against the Leicester Tigers in the opening fixture of the day, whilst National Sevens Series champions Samurai have a mouth-watering tie with the White Hart Marauders.
The Marauders stunned Samurai a few weeks ago at the semi-final stage of the final National Series leg in Newquay, helping them to qualify for Twickenham.
The HFW Wailers’ third place on the National Series booked their Middlesex berth, where they will meet Premiership new boys Exeter Chiefs first up.
The British Army have enjoyed some success at the event, winners in 2001 and 2004, and open up against Scotland’s Thistle Trust.
England, again representing the Help for Heroes charity, are one of the obvious favourites and will enter a near full-strength side as preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi (11-12 Oct) continue.
They match-up against Saracens, who recently won the opening regional round of the Premiership Sevens and also finished runners-up at the Rosslyn Park Floodlit Sevens.
Kenya make a much anticipated second ever showing at Middlesex with captain Humphrey Kayange and star winger Collins Injera both part of Samurai’s side last year. The Africans will fancy their chances against what is likely to be an inexperienced Leeds Carnegie.
14-times winners Harlequins have a tough ask in their opening encounter, tackling a strong Wales side who are another international outfit looking for game time ahead of India. The Welsh will represent the Amser Justin Time charity in honour of Colin Hillman.
2006 winners London Wasps face Newcastle Falcons, who themselves have never triumphed at the historic event.
2010 Middlesex Charity Draw
Match 1 (10.30) London Irish v Leicester Tigers
Match 2 (10.50) HFW Wailers v Exeter Chiefs
Match 3 (11.10) London Wasps v Newcastle Falcons
Match 4 (11.30) Saracens v England's Help for Heroes
Match 5 (11.50) The British Army v Scotland's Thistle Trust
Match 6 (12.10) Kenya 7s v Leeds Carnegie
Match 7 (12.30) Wales' Amser Justin Time v Harlequins
Match 8 (12.50) White Hart Marauders v ULR Samurai International