Maybe the weather will be nicer.
It could hardly be much worse.
Schuylkill River Head Coach Chris Ryan saw his team win the Mid-Atlantic 7s
Championships two weeks ago in terrifically trying weather conditions.
The tournament was delayed a couple of times due to lightning. The
temperature on the field was 115 degrees. And the delays forced his team to
play a semifinal with... Read More
The Woodlands Exiles qualified for the Nationals by winning the West. They
achieved that feat by going undefeated in the last two tournaments, Kansas
City and Denver, winning 10-straight contests.
However, because of the rule that requires players to play in two
tournaments with the team for whom they're playing at Nationals, and the
new eligibility regulation that requires a club... Read More
the talk in Northeast 7s club circles, at least on RUGBYMag.com, has been
about how great the Boston club is.
That’s not inaccurate, Boston is very strong, but it’s easy to forget
Middlesex. Under coach Josh Smith the club has been folding in local
college players (often from schools you don’t associate with college
championships) with experienced clubmembers to form a strong... Read More
into the South 7s championships in mid-July Atlanta Old White coach Bryn
Ireland wondered just what he had.
“I like the older system, where we play a season of tournaments leading
into the South championships,” Ireland told RUGBYMag.com. “This one-off
tournament is tough. It’s really difficult to maintain focus when you have
to really apply yourself on only two or three... Read More
in 2007, the Chicago Lions have been close but no cigar in the national
club 7s scene since.
Though they did win the Club Championship Series in Las Vegas in February,
the USA Rugby title has eluded them in recent years.
Perhaps most curious was 2010, when the Lions looked virtually unstoppable
in pool play after being picked in these pages as potential champions. But... Read More
Youngbloodz, a mostly-collegiate conglomerate out of Minneapolis,
will make its debut at the Club 7s National Championships Saturday.
The five-year-old club, which finished second in the Midwest to the Chicago
Lions, is the creation of Samoan coach Sam Robinson.
“Its good for the kids, and that’s the reason why I did it,” he told
RUGBYMag.com about forging Youngbloodz. “It took me... Read More
there any more mysterious team at the National 7s Championships than the
Hawaii Selects? Hard to think of one.
The Hawaii RFU pushed for a chance to play at nationals in 2010, traveling
to the Pacific Coast tournament only to find out at the 11th
hour that they could not participate. This year, they skipped that step,
getting a dispensation from USA Rugby to enter a team... Read More
It wasn’t that long ago that Jone Naqica was playing in the National 7s
former USA 7s captain was a key figure on the San Francisco Golden Gate
team in recent years. But a nasty concussion in December, 2009 essentially
ended his USA prospects, and a knee injury during the following Super
League season put him on the sidelines long-term in 2010.
That’s... Read More
The Glendale Raptors have lost just two 7s
games this summer, but they could prove costly. Glendale won the West’s
first qualifier in Dallas, going 5-0.
Their next outing, a round-robin event in San Diego, the Raptors swept
their SoCal competition.
In the third and final West qualifier, Glendale went 3-2 and finished
third. Because of a log jam at the top of the West standings,... Read More
The Boston Rugby Club was almost unbeatable during this summer’s Northeast
They led the season standings easily and were hardly challenged in the
final championship, and that has Head Coach Kevin Imonje just a little bit
we been tested enough? No I don’t think we have,” Imonje told RUGBYMag.com.
“In the Northeast every so often some teams will really... Read More