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an actionpacked weekend of sport, music and entertainment


in a capital that has firmly established itself as a leading city for sports and entertainment. With its amazing live music acts, great food and a host of other top entertainment, the Cardiff 7s Festival is guaranteed to get your summer off to the best possible start.

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In fact, with all that’s happening over the weekend, you might well forget there’s a sevens rugby tournament going on too! Thrilling for players and spectators alike, seven-a-side rugby has all the punch of the 15-player game but none of the boring bits. It’s fast, furious and with each half lasting just ten minutes, teams go all-out to rack up as many points as possible. And off the pitch we’ve got a stellar line up for you with music, an outside bar, street food, hot tubs, fancy dress, VIP Lounges, celebrities, rides, DJs, a trade village and much more.

Supported by a whole host of famous faces, Cardiff 7s really is going to be the ONLY place to be on the 31st May and 1st June.



Seven from Sevens With fifteen-a-side grabbing most of the headlines, it’s a tiny bit forgivable (not totally, though) if Sevens slips your mind now and again. Yet with a worldwide following, it’s a huge part of the game and its impact on the XV form of the game cannot be understated. If the hard slog of phase after phase after phase sometimes found in fifteen-a-side rugby isn’t your thing, the sidesteps and scorching runs of Sevens will have you on the edge of your seat. Think of Welsh wing wizard Shane Williams and times that by seven... he’d still be about an inch shorter than Irish lock Devin Toner, but man, those tries would be something to watch. So who are the big names who’ve played Sevens? Here’s seven of the best... Jonah Lomu They don’t come much bigger than Jonah Lomu. The first global superstar of rugby (the man had his own video game!), the Kiwi winger first grabbed hold of the world’s attention in the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens before going on to shine with New Zealand at the 1995 World Cup. Even though the All Blacks finished as runners-up to hosts South Africa, Lomu was hailed as the star of the tournament, destroying defences all the way to the final.

Lawrence Dallaglio Dallaglio was perhaps lucky not to have been playing against the All Blacks in the semi-final of the ’95 World Cup. Despite England having to wait eight years after being trampled over by Lomu and co. before tasting World Cup glory in the fifteen-a-side game, Dallaglio had already reached the top of the Sevens world in 1993, scoring a try in the final against Australia as England went on to claim the Cup. Jamie Roberts Before becoming Wales’ wrecking ball, the Racing Metro centre played on the Sevens circuit. In 2007, he was part of the squad that retained the Plate in the Hong Kong Sevens by beating Argentina 26-19 in the final. Success followed him - Roberts timed his emergence on the international scene to perfection, making his first appearance in the Welsh XV in the 2008 Six Nations campaign which, as if we need reminding, resulted in Wales’ second Grand Slam in 3 years. James Hook And who was part of the squad whose Plate it was that Roberts and co were defending? None other than utility player, James Hook. The Perpignan man’s time with the Welsh Sevens squad came with its own success, winning not only the Plate in the 2006 Hong Kong Sevens but also the Plate in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The flair he shows in the full-side game has no doubt been crafted by playing Sevens. Bryan Habana If you need any more proof of the speed of Sevens, look no further than a man who has raced a cheetah. Oh, and a plane. Yup, a plane. Springbok speedster Habana has been terrifying forwards with his blistering pace for years, but early in his career he played for the South African Sevens side in the 2003-04 World Sevens Series. While we might not be able to offer you Man Vs Plane, there will be some end-to-end rugby to get your hearts racing at Cardiff 7s. Joe Rokocoko What is it about Sevens, New Zealand wingers, and tearing apart English defences? Another Kiwi winger with speed and strength in abundance, Rokocoko ran in a hat-trick of tries to take his own tally up to four tries in two games against an England side who had just about managed to get their World Cup crown sitting nice and snug. It was when playing Sevens in 2002 that the rugby world began to take notice of Rokocoko and he went onto feature in the 2004-05 World Sevens Series, helping New Zealand run away with the title. Rhys Webb And what is it about Wales beating Argentina in Sevens finals? 2009 saw Wales win the World Cup Sevens, with Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb being a member of the squad that defeated Argentina in the final. Now fighting Mike Phillips for the Welsh number 9 jersey, Webb’s quick-thinking at the breakdown shows the impact Sevens can have on the fifteen-man game and how it brings an added edge that gets crowds roaring.




Cardiff 7s is endorsed by a number of big names in the sporting world. They have all shown tremendous support for the event. Here are a few comments they have shared regarding the festival.

Wales has been waiting for an event like this for years and there is no better place than Cardiff to host a 7s festival like this one. I’m excited to be involved with the Cardiff 7s to help the team to bring great rugby to this great city and look forward to watching the event grow and grow. Gareth Thomas

It’s great to be involved with what’s going to be an amazing spectacle, not just for the people coming to the festival but for Cardiff as a whole. It’s really important that the Welsh capital has a high-profile sevens event like this. Dafydd James

I’m really pleased to be a Cardiff 7s ambassador and to be supporting my charity Velindre for whom I am a patron at the same time. It’s about time that Cardiff had a festival like this! Shane Williams

I am incredibly happy to be a Cardiff 7s ambassador. I am delighted that Velindre Cancer Centre has been named as the official charity partner, the partnership sees Velindre Cancer Centre continue its established affiliation with Welsh rugby which as a patron of the charity, I am very pleased to see. Jonathan Davies

I’m happy to support the Cardiff 7s festival not simply because it will be a fantastic weekend but because they are as keen as I am to raise the profile and change the perception of women’s sport in the UK. Philippa Tuttiett

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Minutes With AlfiE We were over the moon when Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas decided to join the Cardiff 7s team as an ambassador.



Gareth is one of the biggest figures in rugby. He became Wales’ third most-capped player, the twelfth highest try scorer in the world and one of very few to notch up four tries in a single match. After captaining both the Grand Slam-winning team and the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, Gareth made the switch to Rugby League. Proving the doubters wrong, he put in a number of bravura performances before a serious arm injury finally ended his rugby career. Alfie invited us to his home town of Bridgend for a chat about the great game, his rugby career and his thoughts on Wales’ Rugby World Cup chances. Was There Ever Another Vocation For You In Life Or Was It Always Going To Be Rugby? Well I always wanted it to be rugby but I was never sure that it was going to happen. I always like to say, as my Mam and Dad used to say, whatever I was going to do, I was going to be the best at it. Or at least I was going to try and be the best. I was a postman before and I tried my hardest to be the quickest and the best postman. If it wasn’t going to be rugby then I would have been the best postman in South Wales. If You Could Have Chosen Another Career Then, Would It Have Been To Be A Postman? I really enjoyed it! When you find a job that you enjoy, that’s half the battle. I think when you do a job that you don’t like, it’s really hard work, regardless of the financial situation. I liked it, it allowed me to be outdoors and stay healthy so I probably would have stuck at it.

Ok, So Back To The Rugby; Having Played Across Amateur And Professional, Which Did You Prefer Playing? Today’s Regional or the Old Club System? Oh my god, the old club system, I’m from the old school for sure! Professionalism has come in because it has had to but what you’ve lost are the characters and the fun; the reason you played rugby was because you loved it. There were so many more characters in the game because there were so many more clubs, you wonder where they’ve all ended up going in the modern day game because there’s now not enough room for all of them. That’s probably what I miss most. Once great places of Welsh Rugby such as Abertillery, Newbridge and Pontypool are now kind of rugby graveyards. They had so much history and so much ‘rugby life’ about them and the modern game now, you’ve only got the 4 grounds really and those pitches and the atmosphere is almost redundant now. Tell Us About Your Favourite Try That You Scored: Could You Pin Point One? When you represent your country, every try that you score is amazing but if I could only pick one it would be when I scored an interception try against Australia in the old Cardiff Arms Park. It was the longest solo try scored in the Arms Park. But beyond that it meant a lot because to me it was a place that was steeped in history. It is where I watched the great players growing up as a kid. To even play on there was an honour. What Did You Find The Most Physically Demanding? Rugby League? Union? 7s? Rugby league, without a shadow of a doubt! In the position I played anyway for sure! In league you’ll make say 30 runs and 35 -40 tackles and that is the proof that it is a more physically demanding game. There are no stoppages in play with league, you’re never at rest. The scrums in rugby league are a reason for restarting the game.


Gareth told us that he is excited to be part of the Cardiff 7s team that will be bringing great rugby and fun to the great city! He doesn’t really need an introduction but we’re going to give him one anyway.

Do You Think That More Should Be Done To Develop The 7s Game In Wales? Yes, definitely. 7s is a global brand and it attracts non famous rugby nations to play the game. When a good 7s tournament happens then the whole world gets interested in it. So for me yes, because rugby is Wales’ national sport and everybody is very proud of the great history we have, we should really move with the times. Big countries are hosting big 7s and making big waves in it so as the rugby nation we are, for sure! We should be expected to have a good 7s tournament. Does The Wales Game Need To Change At All If We Are To Have A Successful World Cup Campaign? I think that the national team are doing well but I do think that the game needs to change. I think that underneath the international team, welsh rugby is in a bit of a mess. If you look to this World Cup which is round the corner it is fine, but if you look to the next world cup then I do think that we need to be doing more at club level and grass roots level. Smaller clubs are struggling at the moment to financially survive and the older clubs are, as I said, kind of dying. So yes, underneath the national game I think that rugby does need to change if we want to have a look at the future.



Dai Lama World If this year’s Six Nations hangover was a little harder to shift than usual, think of it as a blessing in disguise. Brian Moore peppering his commentary with more and more lines from Shakespeare as the Championship went on was no accident. He was answering to a higher power – the ‘wisest boyo in Wales’, in fact.

C7s: It’s an important tour, this one in the summer. The World Cup is on the horizon, a number of younger players looking to stake a claim for a place... how do you think Welsh rugby’s future is looking?

Inventor of the notorious Six Nations Drinking Game and Twitter guru, Dai Lama, has been gracing tweeters with his profound insights on rugby and blessing his disciples with laughter since the dawn of the New Age of Welsh Rugby Supremacy. From his monastery in Abercyntfflap, the Welsh Dalai Lama advises the Welsh Rugby Union and the five Welsh regions on all things spiritual. Yes, we did say five regions – his Holiness extends his love across the Severn Bridge to the exiles of London Welsh, even if it is just a way of avoiding paying the toll on the way back. When the Cardiff 7s Festival was looking for spiritual guidance, Dai graciously offered his services, blessing the Festival and honouring us by becoming its Patron Saint. Even more generous was his invitation to break bara brith with him at his monastery in the presence of not only his Holiness but his disciple and blessing ‘fluffer’, Tenzing Rhys-Jones. After a few pints of bitter (Brains, naturally), Dai was kind enough to answer our most pressing predicaments on everything from Nando’s black cards to our faith in Welsh rugby. Cardiff 7s: Namaste, your Holiness! Many thanks for blessing the Cardiff 7s Festival and being our Patron Saint – are you and your disciples big fans of Sevens? Dai Lama: Namaste, mun! You’re most welcome – as long as that rider is still part of the deal. A spare robe in case of an ‘accident’ is a crucial thing for any blessing involving that much rugby and beer. [Six Nations] Super Saturday always gets out of hand... Yes! What’s not to like about non-stop, sidestepping, heartracing rugby? Talking of sidesteps, could we get Shane [Williams] out of retirement once he finishes having tea with the Queen? C7s: I’m not sure we could get George North to give up his jersey and we certainly not going to try taking it off him! Speaking of George, what about those rumours that were flying about last year about him being the Welsh Dalai Lama?

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Dai: Blasphemy! Do you really think I could have kept my identity secret if I was him and had one of his Nando’s black cards? The Western Mail would have had photographers camped outside the Brewery Quarter and would have caught me giving a premeal blessing to the chickens within a week. No, no, although I reckon I could borrow his card off him if he’s off to South Africa this summer.

Dai: Who ever thought that we’d say third place makes for a disappointing Six Nations? Ireland were good, but with BOD [Brian O’ Driscoll] gone the national papers are going to have to learn some other names. England were... how can I say this... better than they were on that wonderful afternoon in Cardiff last year? Yeah, that’ll do. I think Wales will push on and make real strides. And if not, at least we’ve got Jake Ball’s glorious beard to wipe our tears away with. He had a good tournament and it’s great to have competition for Alun-Wyn [Jones] and Luke [Charteris]. I can’t tell you who’ll win the World Cup though because I’m not that kind of guru. You’ll have to go to Barry Island for that. C7s: You’ve spread some wisdom with regards to drinking games again this year, no doubt helped by Brian Moore’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Shakespeare. Who’d win in a drinking competition between you guys? Dai: We’ll have to do a public health warning with the next one, I think. Although I’m still waiting for him to use ‘Exit, pursued by bear’ – if that one crops up, it’ll be a case of downing everything in the fridge. I wouldn’t challenge Brian, though. It’d be unfair – I’ve got divine intervention on my side. C7s: We guess that’d be an unwritten rule, ‘no divine intervention’. Moving onto the Cardiff 7s Festival, will you be leaving the monastery to grace us with your presence? Dai: I’m sure I will, in some sort of disguise. I can’t risk revealing my identity, but I’d be gutted to miss out. The Sevens is sure to be a great event, and with netball there as well and the bands and food and everything else, I’m looking forward to it. Plus it’s in Rumney Rugby Club... anything with ‘rum’ in the name is good enough for me. C7s: We’re sure it is. Did you see the ‘Get Inked for Drinks’ April Fools prank that the Festival pulled last week? Dai: April Fools? Well, no-one told me that. I’ve had Tenzing rubbing cream on the tattoo for the last week and I’ve ruined my good robes, not forgetting the hassle of not being able to sit down tidy. You guys better make good on the free drinks deal now. C7s: We’ll see what we can do. Many thanks again, your Holiness, for answering our questions. We’ve got just one more – if you could have one player to play in your fantasy Sevens side, who would it be? Dai: That’s easy. George [North], init! He could bring his Israel Folau backpack and his Nando’s black card, I could bring a new drinking game and bless all those who come to the Festival. It’d be fantastic!



Catching Up With

Philippa Tuttiett

celebrity, businesswoman and International Rugby player Author Alex Bodin, Cardiff 7s

Philippa Tuttiett represents Wales in Rugby Union, touch rugby and 7s rugby. Her achievements whilst playing sports speak for themselves, she has played in 2 World Cups, 6 European Championships, 6 Home Nations and 4 Six Nations; she has won both Welsh International Player of the Year and Welsh Touch Rugby Player of the Year and now, we’re delighted to welcome her as a Cardiff 7s ambassador for 2014. Philippa went to university in Cardiff, where she started playing rugby and after joining the senior Welsh rugby squad, she received her first cap against Spain in 2006. But despite some remarkable achievements including playing for and representing her country, Philippa and her team mates don’t enjoy quite the same fame and fortune as their male counterparts. Philippa, like many other women sports stars, has to supplement her non-existent rugby salary with a full time job off the pitch. And Philippa’s sporting mentality has seen her excel in what many of us would call the real world of work. Philippa is an entrepreneur and works full-time as a builder; she owns the UK’s only all-female building company, F.B.I Female Building and Interiors. As if that wasn’t keeping her busy enough, she’s also a Youth Entrepreneur Role Model and has even turned her hand to TV presenting for Channel 4’s her own show on UKTV, ‘DIY with Philippa’. We managed to get Philippa to give us 7 minutes of her time to ask her a few questions: C7s: Hi Philippa, we’ve got so much to ask you but with only 7 minutes we’ll start with a really important question; why are you supporting the Cardiff 7s festival? Philippa: I’m delighted to support the Cardiff 7s festival not simply because it will be a fantastic weekend but because they are as keen as I am to raise the profile and change the perception of women’s sport in the UK.

Alongside the men’s rugby this year we will be playing an elite exhibition match with a view to opening up women’s rugby at the Cardiff 7s further in 2015 and beyond. C7s: You mentioned raising the profile of women’s sport. Beyond festivals like the Cardiff 7s, how do you think this can be done? Well firstly, I’d love to see more media coverage of women’s sport. Quite simply, if there is more exposure then it will encourage wider involvement. The women I play rugby with (and those women in other sports too) have the capacity to enthuse the next generation of sportswomen and so more should be done by the media to highlight their efforts and incredible successes. I think the most important issue we currently have with women’s sport though is that it needs to be viewed like it is, as a sport in itself, rather than being (as it is at the moment) directly compared time and time again to the men’s version. C7s: Do you think that the Olympics helped at all with raising the profile of female athletes and women in sport? I was enormously motivated by the fact that so many strong and female sports role models were well represented during the Olympic Games. But I guess now the focus needs to be on building on this platform and doing all we can to further push the legacy of women’s sport in the UK. C7s: What advice have you got for girls reading this that may not have previously thought about getting into a typically ‘very masculine’ game? There are more and more women’s clubs popping up all over the country nowadays. To those who might not think it’s for them I’d say, whether you’re just looking to keep fit and have fun or want to try your hand at the sport seriously, it’s a great sport for women. Rugby really stimulates physical fitness and general wellbeing, and as a bonus, there’s often a pretty good social scene too!



watch out: There’s a Lion on the loose in Cardiff Author Stephen White, Cardiff 7s

This year the Cardiff 7s festival is delighted to welcome Wales and Lions star Dafydd James to the party. He’ll be keeping defences honest by playing for the Tenovus Cancer Charity team. Winning 48 caps for Wales at wing and centre, James made a big impact on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, scoring a try that was instrumental in securing a first test victory for the visitors. We caught up with the former flyer to ask him about life after professional sport and to get his views on sevens, a brand of rugby which he argues holds the key to future success for the 15-a-side game in Wales. C7s: So Dafydd, are you looking forward to the Cardiff Sevens Festival? DJ: Definitely, I miss rugby so it’s great to be involved with what’s going to be an amazing spectacle, not just for the people coming to the festival but for Cardiff as a whole. It’s really important that the Welsh capital has a high-profile sevens event like this. It’s a really exciting rugby format and one that Wales doesn’t embrace enough in my opinion. I’m very proud to be representing Tenovus and I’m confident that we’ll all have a great time whilst raising a lot of money and awareness to combat a disease that affects the lives of so many people today. Would you say that seven-a-side rugby is a bigger challenge than playing the more recognised 15-player game? Certainly – in my experience sevens is played at a much higher intensity. You’ve got half as many players competing on a standard-sized rugby pitch and that means you’ve really got to maximise your fitness and keep up with the pace of the game or you’ll come undone. Your skills have got to adapt which makes for a much more demanding playing experience. How have you been training for the tournament? I’ve always tried to keep myself in shape and it’s given me a head start in preparing for sevens. Health and fitness are issues that have always been close to my heart; following retirement from professional rugby I set up through which I offer bespoke programmes to people wishing to improve their lives through diet and nutrition. Is there anything that the 15-a-side format can learn from the sevens game? Yes, without a doubt: Today’s game is all about strength and power - smashing through tackles and breaking down defences. It’s developed a gym-obsessed culture and players have become a bit too focused on lifting the most or sprinting the fastest. In sevens, forwards play more like backs, as all those muscle groups get used in a far more athletic physiological context. It really sharpens your mind and body because you need to perform all the basic skills at a much quicker tempo. I believe that playing sevens really kits you out with the skill-set necessary to play 15-a-side rugby at a higher level. Looking back on your career, what would you say was your proudest moment? Without a doubt putting on the red jersey and winning my first cap for Wales was one of my proudest moments. I was also the first man to score 29 tries in the Heineken Cup - that was a big achievement for me. You played in both amateur and professional eras in rugby. What were the biggest differences for players between the two periods? There were huge differences: Back in the old days you could train twice a week and that would be it before match day. There’s so much more to rugby preparation today and science and technology has transformed our whole approach. From exercise drills on the pitch to what you’re eating on a day-to-day basis to sports psychology, professionalism has opened our eyes to the importance of the minute aspects of physical and mental preparation.


Who were the most inspirational figures to you throughout your career? Obviously my family and friends were a huge support to me and helped me all the way through. Early on in my international career I remember sitting next to Jonathan (Jiffy) Davies in the changing room after a Wales game. He had just returned from rugby league and had always been a hero of mine, so that was a big moment. Neil Jenkins was also a big inspiration and a great mentor. He helped me with my passing game and my speed up at Pontypridd which helped me develop as a player. Other than that, I’ve always looked up to any sports people who conduct themselves professionally are who are role model to others. Right, let’s put you on the spot - the 2015 Rugby World Cup: Can we beat England at Twickenham? It’s a huge ask - obviously it’s home advantage for England and they’ll want to perform during their showcase World Cup, so beating them will take some doing. On latest 6 Nations form, in all honesty I don’t think you’d find too much optimism for Wales’ chances. It seems our tactics of late have relied heavily

on kicking the ball long and hoping our fitness levels wear down the opposition. But everyone’s so tuned up these days, it’s an approach that can’t unlock world class defences anymore. I think teams have worked out Wales’ strengths in that respect and for want of plan “b”, we’ve come unstuck. Having said that, it’s a long way off and everyone knows Wales are capable of great things, so you never know. How’s the future looking for you? Do you have a busy schedule for the rest of 2014? Yes there’s lots coming up for me in the near future. I’ll be doing events to support Walking with the Wounded, a charity which raises funds to help re-skill and retrain wounded servicemen and women. I’m also participating in Cycle for Lions 2014: A bunch of former British and Irish Lions will be cycling around the UK’s four nations covering a total of over 925 km whilst hopefully raising more money for good causes. On an everyday level I’m always trying to support mini-rugby in schools and getting the kids involved in fitness and sports. Generally speaking, I’ve got a lot of professional experience and I feel I’ve got much more to contribute.


RefereE Signals

Referee signals can be a bit confusing with some refs looking slightly like they are performing the chorus to the YMCA. If you need a bit of help Understanding the many Advantage signals the After a penalty the nonrefs pull and offending team gain possession of the ball and so why then gain advantage. This is for read on. about 5 seconds.

Penalty Kick

Main sanction for deliberate infringement of rules. Nonoffending team can choose to tap kick, scrum, kick to touch or kick to post. The offending team must retreat 10 metres and cannot tackle runner if tap kick is utilised until the 10 metres have been used.

Free Kick

The non-offending side cannot score directly from kick. But they can punt, drop kick, tap kick, this is used for technical offenses.


Not releasing ball

A tackled player must do one of three things: Pass, Place or Release the ball. A tackled player is obliged to release the ball. However, the player may deliberately and illegally retain possession to slow down play and help team mates to catch up.

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Tackler not releasing

Players must immediately release the tackled player and move away from the ball and the tackled player.

Forward Pass

It is what it says it is, when a player passes the ball forwards.

Scrum and Scrum Awarded

This is awarded when a minor infringement has occurred. This could be due to the ball being knocked or passed forward or if the ball is trapped in a ruck or maul.

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