Barring injury and the use of traveling reserves, only 24 members of Team USA's men's and women's rugby teams will be able to call themselves Olympians. Dozens have been left behind via selections. Men's head coach Mike Friday has made it clear, as have several players, that the teams will be playing for not just themselves, but those who didn't make the team. Really, the honor roll should be... Read More
The women start off Saturday with Fiji at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. This is a massively important match as far as determining the knockout stages go, as these two teams figure to finish second or third. The USA won the last three meetings against Fijiana, beating them in France, Canada and Atlanta. All-time on the Women's World Series, the USA holds a 6-2 record over Fiji.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same at the Midwest 7s Championships. Despite a new competition arrangement that included six qualifying tournaments and a few new teams on the scene, 1823 and Chicago Lions earned the right to represent the region at 2016 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship in Commerce City, Colo. on August 13th and 14th. In the Midwest cup... Read More
The NorCal championships provided the final two qualifier berths to Club 7s Nationals this weekend with the Seattle Saracens and Olympic Club claiming the first and second spots respectively.
This is one of the tougher regions to qualify from as the Pacific Northwest is lumped into the NorCal bracket for the berths to nationals. Five teams descended on Northern California with a pair of teams... Read More
The final leg of the Frontier 7s took place in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. Although Glendale won the tournament, the Kansas City Blues earned the coveted berth to Nationals.
The Utah NDA won the first two tournaments and had qualified for nationals prior to this weekend’s action. Both Kansas City and Denver had finished 2nd in the two prior tournaments and were battling for the 2nd berth.... Read More
Before checking out of USA Rugby altogether, outgoing CEO Nigel Melville re-upped a sanctioning deal with William Tatham, Jr., extending him exclusive sanctioning to own, operate, and globally broadcast professional 7s in the United States through 2024.
Tatham’s Grand Prix Rugby idea, which has morphed into a 24-team, three-day tournament with $1 million in prize money, has been on the table... Read More
Belmont Shore took home the final qualifier at the Santa Monica 7s but the real prize of the weekend was the second spot to club 7s nationals. Santa Monica outlasted OMBAC in the all-important semifinal to clinch the spot in Colorado.
Six teams participated in the final qualifier with the top two advancing to the cup rounds from two groups of three. Belmont Shore earned the top spot in one pool... Read More
The stage is set for the Midwest 7s Championship after 1823 took the Rock Hard 7s tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. For the final Eastern Conference tournament, 1823 did not encounter much resistance until the cup final where the top team in the Western Conference, the Chicago Lions, presented a challenge. In a potential Midwest Championship final preview, 1823 took the first round winning 29-19... Read More
The third and final tournament in Northern California before the Pacific North 7s Championships was on Saturday in San Francisco, Calif. at the SFGG 7s. With the qualifying teams to the conference championships already decided, the teams from Northern California used the SFGG 7s for preparation and seeding for the next weekend’s tournament. Life West swept both men’s and women’s divisions gaining... Read More