Scimitar Exiles are delighted to reform as Scimitar Storm, launching a high performance 7s programme supported by Loughborough Sport. The programme will develop both male and female players at Loughborough.

The Exiles were a competitive British invitational rugby sevens team, playing on the international circuit. Known previously for their traditional blue, white and red kit, the Exiles promoted a professional attitude and commitment, providing players the opportunity to compete at high profile tournaments across the globe.

In 2018, the Exiles moved on to the next chapter by securing a partnership with Loughborough Sport, creating the all new Scimitar Storm. This all new programme with help develop male and female players at the university’s world class facilities, working closely with the RFU national schemes. The Storm will attend a number of high profile events both domestically and internationally. 


2016/17 season saw us the Scimitar Exiles part in a number of high profile invitational events, starting at the Kinsale 7s tournament in Ireland.


The team was founded by James Angove in 2012 as Forces Exiles, providing serviceman the opportunity to experience the sevens game whilst raising all important funds for military charities.

The set up was inspired by James’s passion and vision for developing a side which would one day appear on the international stage.

At the heart of the team is the core value of creating a professional environment. This promotes high expectations and experiences for players whilst nurturing talent to develop players to their full potential, by providing outstanding coaching and player support from a well qualified management team.

Initially a self-funded team, it was becoming increasingly difficult to compete on the international circuit. Sponsorship from local business Ex Mil Recruitment meant the team were able to continue entering tournaments. The sponsorship allowed for playing kit and pitch side equipment and support to be purchased.

After their debut at the recognised tournament Newquay Surf, the Exiles began receiving invitations to compete at high profile tournaments. In 2015, the team began travelling around the world competing in Hong Kong, Kinsale, Rome and Geneva where the team narrowly missed out on the title losing by one point to South Africa in the last play.

The 2016-17 season saw the launch of Scimitar Exiles after securing the sponsorship of award winning Scimitar Sportswear. The team re-launched under this new brand with a great range of match and leisure wear for the new season. Yet the team are keen to stick to their routes and will carry forward the founding British colours on their home kit. Remaining a team which is focused upon providing players the opportunity to play at the highest standard as possible whilst affording them the chance to play on an international stage in an environment fostered upon honesty, integrity and passion for sevens rugby.