About Us

The Bootleggers RFC was founded in 2008 by father and son team Anthony and Ed Swift. The aims of the Club are simple: to build memories; to compete at rugby 10s and 7s all around the world and to raise money and awareness for charities such as The Oxford Cancer Centre, HANDSTAND for meningitis, The Henry Fraser Fund, Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Backpack’s community project in Cape Town and The Sparrow School Johannesburg.

The Club’s motto was inspired by Brendan Venter’s words that “rugby is about building memories.”

We are a social rugby club formed from current university students and recent graduates. We currently compete at an Open level in both 7s and 10s and we aim to push the Club even further.

The RFU have chosen The Bootleggers RFC to represent the “Core Values of The Game”. Do have a look: http://www.rfu.com/thegame/corevalues/cvtaskgroup.

Charity is an integral aspect of the Club. If you would like to donate, please visit the following Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/BootleggersRFC.

We have supported Marie Curie Cancer Care www.mariecurie.org.uk, not only through donations raised but also by appearing at the Interdean Marie Curie 7s in 2013, we came runners-up to the Barbados National 7s team. After this fantastic day, the Team clubbed together to buy their kit with donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the squad raised just short of £200. Ed Swift our President took part in the Dulwich College staff weigh-in competition in the Lent Term 2014. He succeeded by losing 12.5kg in just over one month. Being assissted by his Bootleggers teamate and colleague Simon Thomas. This secured a winning of over £150 which will also be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

We aimed to play in the The Henry Fraser Fund 7s early in 2013, however the tournament was cancelled. The Bootleggers RFC donated our entry fee to the chairty and hope to support www.henryfraser.org in the future as well.

The Backpack, Cape Town was our accommodation throughout the Cape Town 10s in 2010 and 2011. They have a community project that works throughout Sueto to promote sport at the grass roots level in the townships. The charity provide equipment and coaching: http://backpackers.co.za/responsible-tourism/community-projects/. We raised donations of over £500 accross the two years.

The Oxford Cancer Centre is a charity close to the hearts of the Club. We supported the facility for the first time during our inaugural tournament to the Stockholm International 10s in 2008. We raised just over £1000 for the Oxford University Hospitals network:. http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/cancer/

Chris Cripps, our Charities Secretary worked out at The Sparrow School in Johannesburg, helping to teach English as well as providing support across many areas, including construction. We decided therefore to create an event in order to fundraise for The Sparrow School. Chris and Ed Swift, the Club President organised a 15-a-side game to be played at Wellington College (www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk), their alma mater. The match was to be against a London invitational 15s side founded by Chris’ brother Nick. The Cheeky Ladies London @CLLRFC. We raised over £2000 on the day, and importantly we won!

At the Newquay Surf 7s in 2011, The Bootleggers RFC got to the final of the Men’s Open competition. However in the semi final we beat a team called HANDSTAND Rugby. After the match, our Secretary and founder Anthony Swift, asked the opposition about their CLub. It turned out that they were raising money for Children with Meningitis. http://www.handstand.org.uk/handstand-rugby-1 We decided that any money we earned in the competition we would donate to them. We lost in the final, but secured a £250 runners up prize, which was donated to the worthy cause.

Our President Ed Swift took part in Movember in 2013 to raise money for Help For Heros. His highly fasionable, yet somewhat unpopular twizzly-classic-handle-bar style secured a donation upwards of £100 to the charity. Long may our support of such a worthwhile charity continue.

The Club’s History:

 

 

June 2008

Club was founded with official RFU Club status and charter.
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July 2008

Stockholm International 10s

Quarter final
2

May 2009

Littlemore 10s

Final
3

July 2009

Newquay Surf 7s Open

Quarter final
4

July 2009

Newquay Surf 7s President’s Cup

Quarter final
5

July 2009

Stockholm International 10s

Final
6

February 2010

Cape Town 10s

Quarter final
7

May 2010

Littlemore 10s

Winners
8

July 2010

Newquay Surf 7s Open

Semi final
9

July 2010

Newquay Surf 7s President’s Cup

Final
10

July 2010

Stockholm International 10s

QF & Fair Play
11

August 2010

Abingdon 7s

Semi final

September 2010

Charity XV against Cheeky Ladies London

Winners
12

May 2011

Littlemore 10s

Final
13

June 2011

London Rugby Rocks 10s

Final
14

June 2011

Edinburgh 10s

Semi final
15

July 2011

Newquay Surf 7s Open

Quarter final
16

July 2011

Newquay Surf 7s President’s Cup

Group stages
17

August 2011

Abingdon 7s

Plate Winners

May 2012

Published in UK Rugby 7s Magazine. ed. May12, pg 50

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May 2012

London Rugby Rocks 10s

Winners
19

June 2012

Edinburgh 10s

Group Stages
20

July 2012

Newquay Surf 7s Open

Quarter final
21

June 2013

London Rugby Rocks 10s

Winners
22

June 2013

Brighton 7s Men’s Open

Plate Winners
23

August 2013

The Marie Curie Interdean 7s

Final

     September 2013

The Club becomes Kukri Sports’ official representatives in Rugby 7s & 10s.

 

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