Welcome to the third annual Men’s La Manga Rugby Sevens and inaugural women’s event taking place over the 07 – 10 June 2018.
With the introduction of women’s sevens joining the already established men’s event plus the ever-popular Netball and Soccer Sixes, 2018 promises to be an epic year with even more sports, people and parties!
Tom ‘ Shanks’ Shanklin is a former Welsh rugby union player who played Outside Centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. He is Wales’ most-capped centre and played club rugby for London Welsh and then Saracens, before joining Cardiff Blues in 2003.
The son of Jim Shanklin who won four caps for Wales, Tom played for Wales at Under 19, Under 21 and Wales A levels and made his first international appearance for the senior side against Japan in Tokyo in the summer of 2001, scoring two tries. He made his debut in the Six Nations Championship against France in 2001 32 years after his father Jim had won his first international cap against the same opponents.
At first Shanklin was regarded as a “super sub” in the Welsh side, but later established himself in the starting lineup. He produced some notable performances in the 2004 Autumn internationals, scoring eight tries in the four games. This included four tries against Romania and a spectacular try against New Zealand.
Skanks was capped a total of 70 times for Wales and was included in two Lions squads but, unfortunately, did not make an appearance in either due to injury. He retired in 2011 due to an ongoing knee injury.
Kevin Barrett is a former England 7s captain and scrum half for London Irish, Exeter Chiefs and Saracens.
A graduate of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, Kev initially joined London Irish but with few first team opportunities he made the switch to Exeter Chiefs at the same time as their move to Sandy Park. After 5 successful seasons including promotion to the Premiership, Kev moved back to the south east to add to Saracens excellent array of scum halfs at the time including Neil De Kock and Richard Wigglesworth. The intense competition in that position allowed Kev more time to spend playing 7s where he successfully captained England to a famous victory in the Wellington Sevens; a competition where England had previously failed to prosper.
At 32, Kev took the difficult decision to hang up his boots and is now back at Saracens working in their strength and conditioning team.
La Manga Club is a 5 star holiday resort located in Murcia, southern Spain. Built in 1972, the club has seen rapid expansion and now boasts a wealth of facilities making it 3 times the size of Monaco.
Seeing is believing at La Manga Club; 8 full size football / rugby pitches, up to 10 netball courts, 28 tennis courts, 2 cricket pitches, 3 golf courses, gym, spa, outdoor and indoor pools, a 5 star hotel, over 35 bars and restaurants – the list is endless. You truly get a world class experience at La Manga Club and with the resort situated just 30 minutes from the nearest airport (Murcia) and only an hour from Alicante, La Manga Club is accessible from the UK in under 3 hours.
Welcome pool party from 17:00. DJ line up released nearer the event.
Game day 1
12:00 Matches begin
17:00 Matches end
19:00 Evening events
Game day 2
10:00 Matches begin
14:00 Finals begin
17:00 Champions crowned
19:00 Awards Dinners
The La Manga Rugby Sevens forms part of the La Manga Sports Festival which is owned by #8 Sports Management; a UK registered company (company number 0756772). As such, all bookings are subject to #8 Sports Management terms and conditions. For more information about #8 Sports Management, please click here.