Sunday sees the final of the inaugural 24/Sevens rugby competition at Saracens’ Allianz Park and here we provide a detailed breakdown on how all of the clubs got there.

Run by England Rugby, 24/Sevens is an exciting new community sevens series that aims to grow rugby and increase participation among men and women in clubs around the country.

There have been four regional events so far, at Exeter, Saracens, Moseley and West Park, and you can see reports from each of the events below.

Exeter 24/Sevens event on July 9

The regional stage of the inaugural 24/Sevens competition got underway in thrilling fashion in Exeter with St Pauls Pirates booking their place in the national finals by triumphing at the South West Rugby 7s at Sandy Park.

They came out on top thanks to an exciting victory over the Takapuna Turtles but it wasn’t all bad for the Turtles who, as finalists, also reach the very first national final.

And those two teams will be joined by the Orchard Pigs and Fuzzy Ducks after they finished first and second respectively in the women’s event.

Eleven teams descended on Exeter’s Topsham Park for the competition, while plenty more took part in an open event celebrating the best of sevens in the south west area.

And with participation came fun at Topsham Park, with live music adding to the entertainment as players, families and friends alike enjoyed the festivities – with one team even celebrating the day by constructing a human pyramid on the touchline.

With former professionals and even some current internationals on display, there was a high level of talent and a dramatic women’s final rounded off the day.

The Orchard Pigs and Fuzzy Ducks had been level heading into the final moments, but a last-gasp Pigs try pipped the Ducks – comprised of Exeter University students – to the post, and both teams now keenly await a potential rematch in north London.

Community action was indeed the theme of the day, with all teams adhering to the spirit of rugby sevens, enjoying the occasion while also rekindling old friendships and creating community bonds within the teams.

The men’s finalists also got the chance to perform at Sandy Park as part of the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s, following a GB side onto the pitch for what was again a fascinating clash.

The Turtles had edged their group-stage meeting, but the Pirates brought their A-game, winning by five tries to two – enough for player James Butler to celebrate with 16 somersaults in front of more than 1,000 spectators on the Sandy Park pitch.

Saracens 24/Sevens event on July 10

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A total of 14 teams got the chance of a lifetime to play on the Saracens pitch as the 24/Sevens South East Rugby Sevens final got into full swing at Allianz Park.

Having fought off the competition at regional qualifiers, eight men’s and six women’s teams battled against the best from the region, as high-quality rugby mixed with fun and entertainment at the second of four regional heats around the country.

And with plenty of music to entertain those watching on, home-favourites Saracens and Find Rugby Now progressed to the national finals with both winning their pools in the women’s competitions.

Meanwhile the Seventy7s and the Red Rockets could meet again in 24/Sevens’ first-ever national competition, with the two reaching the final before the Seventy7s prevailed as 26-12 victors to cap off a day of exciting rugby.

As well as the fast-paced action, the spirit of rugby and sevens was evident on and off the pitch, with teams given the chance to rekindle old friendships while making plenty more along the way.

Moseley 24/Sevens event on July 17

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The Porky Blinders ensured their university memories were far from over by booking their place in the national final of the inaugural 24/Sevens event.

The side, made of Loughborough University students, ousted the SW Rabbitohs in a frenetic finale, although both teams secured their places in Allianz Park by reaching the final in Birmingham.

The pair were two of eight clubs who descended on Moseley Rugby Club on Sunday for the Midlands play-off of the 24/Sevens competition.

But the honours didn’t end there for the Porky Blinders, whose captain Yiannis Loizias took home the Moseley player of the tournament gong.

With all teams having to qualify to get to Moseley, there was no limit of sevens talent on display from the Midlands.

West Park 24/Sevens event on July 17

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Unity, team spirit and togetherness takes a long time to develop in rugby sevens, but invitational side Mighty Peth continue to buck the trend and start Sunday’s inaugural 24/7s national final as one of the hot favourites.

The team is made up of players from across the North East, and Peth head to Allianz Park as an unknown quantity despite breezing to five wins and a draw on their way to topping the North play-off group.

The team began their season by finishing runners-up in the West Park Sevens, before returning to the Leeds-based club on Sunday to become Kings of the North.

The team started off with a hard-fought draw with much-fancied Red Panda, before they eased to wins against Wigton, Billingham, Ilkley, Cardinals and Caldy Exiles.

They finished top of the group and now head to London, and the home of European champions Saracens, with bags of belief.

Peth, with Red Panda, will now face the best sides from the Midlands, South East and South West regions, in what is sure to be an exciting day of quality rugby sevens.

The community sevens series was launched this year to grow rugby and increase participation among men and women in clubs by creating new and consistent playing opportunities for players at grassroots level.