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"What a start to the Shogun era! (said Mike Friday, Shogun Rugby Chairman).

Finally, after our 12th attempt, the men winning the Hong Kong 10's was very special indeed.

Then just a week later, and with a very fast turnaround, the men and women do a double by both winning the Melrose 7's.

You certainly couldn't write the script, as we have won 2 of the World's biggest tournaments in the space of 2 weeks.

We have now won every major tournament we have entered which is testament and well deserved for all the people involved in our quite unique and very special invitation only Rugby Club."


Shogun Rugby are incredibly excited to announce Claire Mcloughlan as our Head of Medical for the 2024 season.


Claire is an associate Professor for Sport rehabilitation at St Mary’s University in London. Other qualifications also include a BSc & MSC and she has also worked with NZ Rugby, England Rugby, SA Rugby and the British Olympic Canoe and Kayak team amongst many others. We are blessed to have someone with such experience and knowledge working with Shogun Rugby.

Claire has been with Shogun Rugby for over 15 years and will lead and consult an experienced and fully qualified team of Shogun Rugby Physiotherapists and Sport rehabilitators. 

Shogun Rugby are incredibly excited to announce Jonathan Hooper as our Director of Women's Rugby for the 2024 season.


Jonathan AKA “Hoops” played for Wales 7s before commencing his Coaching journey several years ago where he Coached Wales Women’s 7’s. Currently a WRU pathway and development Coach also overseeing Wales U18’s 7s.

Hoops has been a member of the Shogun family for several years first joining the family as a player then as a Coach and will now direct, consult and guide our Women’s coaching team, whilst also continuing to Coach.

Shogun Rugby are extremely fortunate to have one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Women’s 7s Coaches involved in the modern game. 

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Shogun Rugby are incredibly excited to announce Gareth Baber as our Director of Men's Rugby for the 2024 season.


Every Sevens follower worldwide will know Gareth, so he needs absolutely no introduction. 

Gareth has been a member of the Shogun family for several years but will now direct, consult and guide our extremely impressive team of Shogun Coaches.

As part of this role, he will attend tournaments as part of the on-pitch coaching team and also sharing his extensive knowledge of the game to Shogun Rugby Players and Crew. 

Shogun Rugby are extremely fortunate to have one of the most successful 7s coaches of all time as our Director of Men’s Rugby. 


Shogun RFC  is delighted to announce Umbro, the world renowned apparel company, as its technical kit supplier.

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The multi-year partnership, which begins on March 1, 2024, will see Umbro manufacture and supply Shogun RFC’s playing and training wear.

As official technical kit supplier, the agreement will see Umbro work in collaboration with Kit Locker of Sheffield, outfitting the men’s, women’s and Academy teams, as well as coaching and management staff.

The partnership coincides with Shogun RFC’s re-brand. Formerly known as Samurai RFC, the Clubs re-brand, bought about by the historic progression into the time of the Shogun also commences on March 1, 2024.

"Our iconic kit is a key part of our history and identity. We welcome Umbro into the #ShogunFamily as our new official technical kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, and we look forward to working with them where they will also be producing an official supporter’s range that will be available exclusively from"

Mike Friday, Shogun RFC Chairman




The foundation of our rugby club has always been about our commitment to rugby beyond the confines of the playing field.


From cultivating and nurturing the best talent, to our unwavering dedication to family values and enjoyment, Samurai RFC has been an embodiment of opportunity and the architype for invitational rugby excellence since its birth in 1996.


Founded on the parallel values of the Samurai warrior – integrity, honour, courage and respect – the club has evolved to become one of the best 7s clubs in the world boasting a unrivalled roll of honour and acting as a springboard for some of the biggest, most decorated household names in world rugby.

As we reflect on 25 years of success, and with two seasons lost to COVID, it seems fitting that as we go into 2024, we turn a page in our rich history. 


 Embracing the wisdom that "From every ending, something new can begin," we're charting a course of change within our club; in 2024, Samurai Rugby will evolve into Shogun Rugby, marking a significant inflection point in our journey.


Just like the Samurai warrior's last stand, which was a progression into the time of the Shogun, it's the right time for us to progress as a club. Shogun, standing as a commanding presence on and off the field, maintains the continuity of our core values and goals beneath a new banner.


We are really looking forward to the 2024 7s season as we are set to compete in the newly formed LIT 7s Series. This series comprises of the Chelmsford 7s on 27th April, Manor 7s on 18th May, Egham 7s on 1st June, Peterborough 7s on 22nd June and the LIT 7s on 13th July. These 5 established 7s competitions have joined forces to form this new venture and will certainly help us provide more competitive playing opportunities for our players. As a result of this competition starting so early our usual maiden 7s voyage at the Sunshine 7s is now our 2nd outing of the season as it falls on 28th April! 

As a not-for-profit organisation we aim to give aspiring 7s rugby players opportunities to showcase their playing ability at the highest levels of the game on the domestic circuit. We do this whilst challenging and developing their skills thanks to our exceptional team of coaches and, when ready, we progress suitable players into various international 7s teams and professional rugby teams across the globe. Our links with these teams are second to none. 

Our regular coaches include Nick Easter (ex England RFU), Simon Hunt (ex England 7s), Dave Muckalt (EnglandCounties), Tom Bowen (ex GB 7s), Owen Scrimgeour (ex New Zealand 7s), Nick Wakley, Sam Cross & Dan Connolly (ex Wales 7s), Kevin Maggs (IRFU talent ID) and Mike Friday (USA 7s). 

Commenting on the season ahead, Allen Boyd (Shogun Academy Director), said “The LIT Series is set to be one of the most competitive 7s series in the country and the talent pool available is hugely exciting. We have a blend of youth and experience and having competed at the business end of several tournaments last season the future looks very bright. The Sunshine 7s is also a tournament we like to support and is very competitive. It is always a great start to the season as raises a lot of money to support local charities.”

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