A World Record and AOC 2 Gp Team Commendation are a welcome start to 2018 for the RAF’s Horus 7s Rugby Team.
In 2016, Cpl Rob Bugden was involved in a horrific parachute accident leaving him paralysed from the waist down and with no dexterity in his hands. Horus 7s (Egyptian God of Air) was set up by colleague Sgt Phil ‘Taff’ Thomas and is made up (predominately) of Airborne Delivery Wing, RAF Falcons and RAF Brize Norton personnel.
To raise money and awareness for the injuries suffered to their friend and colleague they set up the 7-a-side rugby team, selling their shirts and travelling the UK to play in 7s tournaments.
Sgt Thomas said, “We aim to bring the Wing closer together and make Cpl Bugden and his family feel that they are still a part of Airborne Delivery Wing. Next year our aim is to take Cpl Bugden overseas as he is yet to travel due to his injury.”
In 2017, Horus 7s raised over £5000 and set a world record for the longest game of 7s ever. Normally a high paced, 14-minute game, Horus played for well over 24 hours amassing over 5000 points! Well done.
Follow @Horus7s and the @RAFRugby7s teams, the ‘Spitfires’, ‘Hurricanes’ and ladies 'Pumas' in 2018. In particular look out for the Spitfires' charity work in India this March and their RAF Centenary 7s in Oxford this June where all 2 men's teams will play. See www.facebook.com/rafrugby7s for more information.