Manager: Barrie Torbett
Coach / Player; Howard Graham
The White Hart Marauders – Elite Team
As you are no doubt aware the Marauders Elite team was founded in 1983 by the White Hart RFC when they decided to take a sevens side to the Heineken Amsterdam Sevens. Over the years the team has become known for top quality rugby, and great camaraderie, both on and off the pitch.
Although the White Hart Marauders Elite team has become known over the years simply as “Marauders” we are still very proud of our strong association with the White Hart in Eversley. Our growth can be summarised under three distinct stages
1.The Early Years
We were just a group of good standard, club rugby players who enjoyed both 15,s rugby and 7s in the summer to fill in those empty months (well the non cricketers anyway). We gradually strengthened the side over the first 5 years.
2.The International Years
In our initial desire to win Amsterdam, and then to win on even bigger platforms across the globe we “recruited” some key players at International level. Because these players enjoyed the fact that the rugby was serious but so was the fun they attracted more, and even bigger names to the team. If you haven’t seen our Hall of Fame yet just click here. With the onslaught of professional rugby in 1995 our top players contracts started to make it difficult for them to play regularly with the team
3.The Pathway Years
With professional clubs now much more strict in enforcing their player contracts due to a natural desire to protect their assets it has become more difficult for all Invitational sevens teams to source players from these areas. Our team is regularly made up now of players who are out of contract, or are still able to get authorisation on an irregular basis, and of course our players of the future who make the transition through our Academy to greater things.
Our focus now is much more on a development platform as we seek to identify and develop top players of the future. This means we can identify potential Elite players at an early age and help them on their road to glory. If you look at how we have helped to do this over the last few years, the best example is probably Alex Cuthbert who moved though our Academy into the Marauders Elite side that beat Harlequins at Twickenham in the Middlesex Seven. Alex was quickly snapped up by the Wales International sevens squad, and then in 2012 played a starring role in the 6 Nations Championship. We have two other youngsters currently in the 2012 England Sevens squad, and numerous others playing in the Premiership and Championship. Watch this space for more to come!
We remain an amateur side that focuses on developing Grassroots sevens rugby, winning top level sevens tournaments, and the development of rugby players through to International level.