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SEASON 2021.

The 2021 season on the back of a the third national lockdown didn't come without difficulty. The squad reconvened for the first pre/season session in early april. 6 weeks later, a very much trial squad headed north to participate at the K-Sevens, 3 weeks later a very young side made the Lions competitive debut at the Chiswick 7s under the guidance of returning coach Mark Francis, a valiant performance from a very young side who went down to the Fiji Marauders side in the Semi/Finals, who not the week before had held the world-famous Samurai 7s to a 12-12 draw. Following a break in the season, to allow the Super Sevens Series to kick off where a number of players went on loan to clubs competing in the 2021 edition. The Lions headed out to Cambridgeshire to participate at the Shelford 7s, a pool of death greated the youngest side in the tournament, the squad battled through it to beat a Hill Road side 33-12 in a final, Mark Francis seeing his record of taking a Lions side to a minimum top 4 finish carry on!. Luca Busciglio-Bland claiming the man of the match for the final courtesy of the Shelford 7s organising committee. August time brought around the M5 Super 7s, and c-19 continued to cause havoc on the squad with 2 players testing positive the day before, the squad this time managed by Founder Arun Watkins, attended the M5 Super 7s - standout performances coming from Paul Brown & Brendan Clarke saw yet another trophy lift occuring, with highlights of the days including a 33-0 victory Vs the vipers. Only days later the club made their biggest announcement to date, they were accepting an invite to the 2021 Emirates Dubai 7s. A series of funding/sponsorship concluded and the club booked their place in the desert. Arguably the strongest squad the club has ever assembled with a couple of new signings joining the club, still didn't change the fact the squad was yet again by the youngest in the competition. Led by Welsh international Nic Evans & club legend Mark Francis, we embarked on our biggest tournament to date. Day 1 saw the side face the Kazakhstani national team followed by the Assasins, two hard opponents in their own right. It was Day 2, which was the true test. 3 games across 5 hours, saw us face Abu Dhabi Saracens , Projecx Waterboys and then dependant on results a potential quarter/final. The first game of the day sealed our fate with a 36-12 win vs the Saracens, a remarkable performance saw the club push the Waterboys to just 3 points in a 17-14 defeat, to Scotland's best side - it was a tremendous result however we had little time to dwell, a crunch match Vs Qatar , one of the top 4 sides in Asia was scheduled for 2pm. The game didn't disappoint, a bumper crowd saw the Lions see off the Professional outfit, in one of the loudest and exciting games in the tournament. The incredible journey finally came to an end to the Russian national team, where Arun Watkins managed to score our solo points from 80m. The defeat was made slightly sweeter with the fact the Russians going on to defeat the Czech national side in the final. Both sides competing on Europe's premier 7s circuit, shows how far the club has come, and the level of opponents we are facing. 

Tremendous debuts for Tom Derrick & Austin Beckett , will make supporters excited for what the future holds for these two in a Lions Shirt.

Across the season, 31 players pulled on the jersey and represented the club to the best of their abilities. Special mention must go to Ben Luxton who featured in 4 out of 5 tournaments for the club.

Another season closed, thanks must go to Mark Francis, Nic Evans, Beth Jefferies, Neil McFarlane & Naomi Hoad who all gave up their time to help the club operate across the season.

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