Bulumakau can make it at a higher level – Drybrook chief
GLOUCESTER and Stourbridge are among the clubs seriously considering a move to sign sevens star Andy Bulumakau.
The 21-year-old JP Morgan Premiership Sevens revelation will line up for Gloucester again in this weekend's inaugural World Club Sevens at Twickenham.
Fiji-born but raised in Scotland, the physical three-quarter has plied his trade at Drybrook for the last two years.
But after finishing his studies at Hartpury College he is now expected to move to a higher level.
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Gloucester are weighing up whether to add him to their senior academy roster, while National League Two club Stourbridge would offer regular and immediate first-team action.
Drybrook president Paul Mason admitted he would love to see Bulumakau gain higher honours.
Mason explained: "It would be nice if he ends up somewhere still local, but we will follow his progress closely wherever he ends up.
"He's certainly capable of playing at a higher level, I think that's something we always knew.
"Andy was one of our coach Frazer McArdell's students at Hartpury, and that's how he came to us.
"His father is in the British Army, based in Scotland.
"He has finished college now and is looking at his options of where to go next.
"We have been extremely proud to have Andy with us for two years.
"And of course we'd be absolutely delighted if he stayed.
"But at the same time we would love to see him play at the highest level possible.
"I am confident he can play National League rugby in this country, and beyond that there's no reason to put any limits on things."
Bulukamau's last-gasp try in 19-14 victory against Saracens booked Gloucester's place in last Friday's JP Morgan Premiership Sevens final.
Olly Morgan's side then brushed past Leicester Tigers 24-17 to lift the overall crown.
Drybrook chief Mason said Bulumakau makes a habit of match-turning interventions, not least in last term's 16-6 RFU Senior Vase semi-final victory at Maidenhead.
Mason added: "He has this uncanny knack of being able to make that one telling contribution, at the ideal moment.
"In our cup semi-final at Maidenhead, they broke clear and even crossed the tryline – but Andy flew back from nowhere, got himself underneath the ball and even managed to dislodge it."
Gloucester have made just one change to the squad that lifted the JP Morgan crown, scrum-half Dan Robson replacing Will Hayward.
Former Cherry and Whites favourite Apo Satala and fellow Fijian back-rower Akapusi Qera add the steel, along with Matt Cox.
Rhodri McAtee will offer the guile, with Martyn Thomas continuing as captain and Stef Reynolds and Luctonians wing Drew Cheshire the natural finishing.
GLOUCESTER: M Thomas (capt), A Satala, D Robson, A Qera, A Bulumakau, M Cox, N Codlin, G Evans, R McAtee, S Reynolds, D Cheshire.