Jamaican Sevens star coaching University team

Hughton Campbell who has been coaching Bournemouth University women’s rugby for the past nine years will be heading to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

With the absence of some regulars World Series teams, the German and Jamaican 7s team have been given the opportunity to play at the top level.

Hughton’s Story:

In 2016 I travelled to Trinidad to Coach Jamaica 7’s team and they qualified them for the prestigious Hong Kong 7’s and achieved the same for 2 more years until covid hit. My role has changed to team manager and we have now played in the Commonwealth games (Gold coast), Rugby World cup 7’s San Francisco and to date we remain unbeaten in the Caribbean for 5 years. Whilst Covid set us back a bit, we made it to the Olympic Repechage tournament in Monaco 2021. We were invited to play in the HSBC World Series 7’s. Our first 2 legs were in Vancouver and Edmonton where we made history by recording a first win for any Caribbean team. More recently we were invited to play in the HSBC Spanish tournament over 2 weeks in Malaga and Seville. Our highlights were delivering narrow losses to Japan on 2 occasions.

This year Jamaica will be looking to qualify for the Commonwealth games (Birmingham) and Rugby World Cup 7’s (Cape town).

Rugby 7’s is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and is also an Olympic event. Whilst travelling the world and meeting many other male and female players, I was surprised to find out how many players have arrived from other sports. Crossover athletes are highly sought after and players with an additional heritage in their family (Grandparents being the oldest) could play for that country. University students are ideal candidates for this as they are at the right age to take on the required fitness load some of which might have been gained in another sport.

I would be really keen to work with any male or female student athletes that have a strong interest in taking up 7’s.

If you are a keen 7s player or would just like to talk with Hughton please email us on teamBU@bournemouth.ac.uk.