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In April 2011 the operation of the National Schools’ Sevens was removed from my control by the Management Board of Rosslyn Park FC, which has decided that the tournament would in future be run by the Management Board.


Regrettably, therefore, I cannot assist with any information regarding the tournament which would normally be held in March 2012 and all enquiries in that regard should be directed to the Management Board at Rosslyn Park FC, its website  or the Rosslyn Park FC office 0208 876 6044.


I have organised the tournament for the last 23 years and my husband, Peter, has been involved for 46 years.


The tournament must be one of the biggest sporting success stories in modern history.  I have been very proud to be the tournament organiser and have always carried out my duties in the best interests of the some 7,000 boys and girls who play in the tournament every year, their schools and clubs, Rugby Union itself and also Rosslyn Park FC.


I am disappointed to have my involvement brought to an end so unceremoniously and saddened by the unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations which Rosslyn Park FC chose to level at me during the period when the accounts of the tournament were being reconciled and handed over to the Management Board.  I did not expect (or seek) to be honoured for my services over the past 23 years, but I did not expect to be maligned and hurt either.


Finally, I thank all the participants and contributors with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the last 23 years for making it such an enjoyable and memorable experience 

Kind regards, Rose Tanner

From its humble beginning in 1939, The National Schools Sevens in association with Rosslyn Park FC has evolved into the world's largest rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 19 competing annually. In 2011, a new title sponsor will be involved in the event, in the shape of HSBC, the world’s local bank, who are proud to be supporting such a prestigious schools rugby tournament.



HSBC has a long term investment in rugby and is proud to sponsor the world’s biggest schools Sevens tournament.  An important part of all of HSBC rugby sponsorships is the aim to help develop and grow the sport – both XVs and Sevens – and by working with Rosslyn Park, we hope to ensure even more youngsters are excited and committed to the sport over the coming years.


Not only do thousands of children of all ages play in the tournament, but schools who have only played rugby for one season also participate in the tournament enabling youngsters of all abilities and experience to be part of the same event. This is a tremendous occasion that is known and loved throughout the rugby world, and HSBC is looking forward to partnering such a major youth event over the coming years.

The Tournament is delighted that HSBC is the new major sponsor of the event from 2011 for five years

(Pictures ABOVE  and below by David Whittam. See contacts for prints.)


New photo's from 2011


The Latest News page will bring you all the comments and important information as it comes in. Please make sure you refresh your internet explorer regularly by clearing your history to obtain the current information. For answers to commonly asked questions, please click on FAQ's on the left.


Tournament History will give you links to four choices covering Glories & Stories, History, Tables of Past Winners/Runners Up and Results from 2001.


The Chairmen and Committee of the National Schools Sevens wish to record their grateful thanks to all the volunteers whose support is vital to the success of the world's largest rugby tournament.















All action and Official presentation photographs can be obtained from

 David Whittam.   Please contact David directly on 0208 549 4209 or e-mail: to order copies.


Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities - Please Click here to find out more....


The web site team wish to convey special thanks to Adrian Lake at Scarbutts Printers and David Whittam. 


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