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Tour 15: June 2022 - Krakow 10s
The Guard turned out in the 10s on a glorious weekend in Poland. Two wins against the Hamilton Dynamiters from Cape Town were followed by battling losses against the Mighty Bovs in the group stage and Sky Captains in the cup semi-finals. Supeb contributions from allies and player of the tournament Harry Craggs.

Tour 14: July 2019 - Biarritz Rugby Festival
On the Biarritz beaches, the Guard's 1s saw out the group stage by registering two strong wins against Xingar and Flying Pantchi respectively, led by top scorers Ryan Weeks and Will Ellis, coupled with a loss to Les Iguanes. They fell to eventual winners Euskal Barbarians in the last 16.

The 2s and 3s (the Light Brigade) dabbled with a victory or two but were mainly focused on enjoying the beach festival...
Tour 13: June 2018 - Brussels 7s
An uncharacteristic heatwave pitted the three teams of the Guard into playing 12 consecutive games in 32 degrees at the Brussels 7s. The 1s seized a group stage triumph but lost to the ultimate cup winners 7 Fantastics to leave themselves in the Bowl. The 2s and 3s competed hard but were outmatched by the Swiss army and Italian firefighters. A glorious weekend overall.
Tour 12: July 2017 - Berlin 7s
The Guard won an epic encounter in its first game, competing against last year's champions and German Bundesliga club, Germania List. Trailing 17-12 with two minutes on the clock and deep in their own 22, the Guard first levelled the scores at 17-17 with an 80 metre try from Ryan Weeks before Alex Ratcliffe scored a multi-phase try with the last play of the game to win 22-17. The Guard then saw off host side RK 03 Piraten 66-0 and won 21-14 in a brutally physical encounter against the BRC Heavies to top their group. The tough group games (and the two nights out pre-tournament) seemed to take their toll and the Guard lost its Cup semi-final 22-14 to the eventual tournament winners Berliner RC.

The Cavalry and Light Brigade comported themselves with a lot of heart, reaching the Plate final and Shield semi-final respectively.
Tour 11: July 2016 - Budapest 7s
Competing in ferocious heat which topped out at 34 degrees in the afternoon, the Guard defeated the Budapest Frogs and the Beloc Barbarians in their group but narrowly lost a hard-fought encounter to the French side Gascogne 7s. Those results left them second in the group and qualified for the Elite Cup, where they lost an entertaining semi-final to the semi-professional Scottish side Projecx Waterboys, who went on to win the tournament. The Guard were reluctanctly coaxed into playing the 3rd place playoff, in which they ran out 40-0 winners against the Venezuelan national side to take 3rd place at the tournament.

The Cavalry won its first game and battled hard, but struggled in the heat on hangovers and won little else.
Tour 10: June 2015 - Madrid 7s
The Guard's first team was edged out in its games against CRC and Miston in a strong group. However they stormed through their quarter-final and semi-final games in the Export Cup, with Josh Pettitt putting in one of the all-time great Guard performances in the semis, complementing aggressive defence by creating two tries from nothing out wide with slick hands. Leading by two points with 30 seconds on the clock against Licee Francais in the Export Cup final, a set of disastrous substitutions broke the team's continuity, allowing the French to break the line and score a winning try with the last play of the game. A crate of beers in the Madrid sun was required to ease the pain.

The Guard's cobbled-together second team found itself out of its depth competing against mostly Spanish Premiership clubs including Arquitectura and Bera Bera, but managed to put a try on the board against the latter, the reigning national 7s champions of Spain, sparking wild scenes of celebration.
Tour 9: August 2014 - Newquay Beach 5s
The Guard, already fairly merry and struggling to cope with the austere 'tag' rules, suffered a string of losses, some to teams of children, on a sunny but bleak first day on the pitch on its return to the beach 5s. The second day continued in a similar vein until, having reached the final of the Wooden Spoon tier, the pitch quadrupled in size. The space allowed the Guard finally to supplement its free-flowing hydration with free-flowing rugby. Feints and flicks wowed the crowd as the Guard won the final and walked away with the coveted 'Wooden Spoon' trophy, which unfortunately was an actual wooden spoon.
Tour 8: March 2014 - Hong Kong 10s
The Guard's foray to the Far East saw them trade victories and losses with group rivals in the Kowloon 10s, eventually finishing 4th from 6 and entering the Plate tournament. Strong victories in the quarter and semi-finals put the Guard in the final where they suffered a narrow defeat. Nevertheless a Plate Runners-Up trophy and the South Stand of the Hong Kong 7s rendered the tour a sterling success.
Tour 7: June 2013 - Rome 7s
In a poor start the Guard lost its opening game to The Breaks, then went down 26-5 to Ii Pessimi, a team of Italian professional players playing in Serie A, despite an exquisite Andy Smith try, putting them in the second-tier Plate tournament. After beating the Bulldogs in the semi-final, the Guard put a series of tries on the board against longtime adversaries the Aggiotaggio Boys in the final to seal victory in the Eternal City and take home the Plate. They also seized the tournament's famous Drinking Trophy.
Tour 6: February 2013 - Toulouse University
The Guard's first international 15s fixture. An epic encounter in the snow saw the Guard place faith in its expansive passing game, scoring early tries through Hamo Walker, Matt Newman and Charles Osler. On the back foot for much of the second half, assured performances from Jack Hulston at fly-half, charging runs from Joe Corneille at inside-centre and solid contributions from team stalwarts Josh Pettitt, James Roche, Alex Ratcliffe and Will Ellis saw out a 15-5 victory to win the Agincourt Cup. The later England victory over France in the Six Nations capped a perfect day for the English.
Tour 5: June 2012 - Barcelona 7s
The Old Guard's first team put four thumping victories on the board in the group stages before dispatching the Yorkshire Barbarians in the semi-finals. A tense final against the Spanish team Seven Level went down to the wire but two tries from Captain Alex Ratcliffe, including the Miracle of Sant Cugat, saw the Guard win 12-5 to send the trophy to England and the celebrations long into the night.

The Old Guard's second team, the Cavalry, reached the semi-finals of the Plate with a victory in the group stages against CR Sant Cugat, but lost out 26-17 to Ceret Sportif.
Tour 4: June 2011 - Milan 7s
The Guard beat the Aggiotaggio Boys 19-17 with a last-minute converted try in a fiery match-up, but lost 5-19 to the eventual Cup finalists, Clan of Heaven, placing them in the 2nd tier Plate competition. After taking three solid victories to top their Plate group, and comfortably easing past the Welsh Gwent Police in the plate semi-finals, they faced Italian side Sabbie Mobili in the final, losing in sudden death extra time after a devastating intercept thrown by Captain Pettitt. A disappointing final result but a superb weekend overall.
Tour 3: August 2010 - Copenhagen 7s
The Old Guard registered three convincing victories on the first day to top their qualifying group and book a place in the Cup competition. Competing in the Cup on the second day, in a pool format of 4 teams, the Guard claimed one comfortable victory but lost to Susie's Saloon and RK Speed, the home team, thus finishing in the top 6 at the tournament.
Tour 2: August 2009 - Stockholm 10s
After beating Attila RG by 68-0 and Agence Tourisme, a French National Division 3 side, by 29-17, the Old Guard faced the Kukri Badgers in the Quarter Finals of the Cup competition, losing out by 26-5.
Tour 1: August 2008 - Newquay Beach 5s
The Old Guard won their group on the first day and progressed to the semi final of the Cup competition the next, where they were finally defeated by 15-5.
Non-Canonical Honours

Bristol University 7s 2009: The Guard scored two late tries in the final to win the tournament against a team composed from the Bristol University 1st XV. Captained by Alex Ratcliffe.

Sevenoaks Old Boys 10s 2011: Seb Pettitt scored a gliding try to seize the trophy in the annual Old Boys tournament. Captained by Alex Ratcliffe.

Sevenoaks Old Boys 10s 2016: The Guard once again defeated the dastardly Ellis's zombie army in the annual Old Boys tournament. Captained by Joe Faddoul.

London 10s 2018: The Guard won the Plate tournament at the London 10s. Captained by Josh Pettitt.