Ten qualifying tournaments in four regions culminated at the South 7s Championships in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday. A total of 12 men’s and women’s teams from the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, and the True South Rugby Unions competed for the four spots at Nationals in Denver, Colo. on August 13th and 14th. With temperatures nearing 100°F all day, the South 7s Championships ended with Atlanta Old... Read More
The Red River Rugby Conference closed out the 2016 summer 7s season with the third qualifier tournament on Saturday in Austin, Texas. Although the Dallas Reds took home the first place trophy, the Austin Huns and the Little Rock Stormers are headed to Nationals as they secured the most qualifying points over the summer.
The race to qualify for Nationals in the Red River was almost decided before... Read More
Twelve teams entered the Mid-Atlantic 7s Championships in Richmond, Va. with hopes of representing the NCR4 Competitive Region at Nationals on August 13th in Denver, Colo. For the men, Schuylkill River won its second first place finish to earn the top seed in the region and Northern Virginia (NOVA) captured the second seed edging out Rocky Gorge by one point. Scion and NOVA advanced to Nationals... Read More
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA's men's and women's pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It's important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals... Read More
NYAC took home the final qualifier in the Northeast on Saturday but Old Blue and Mystic qualified for nationals with the 1st and 2nd seed respectively. NYAC needed to win the tournament to have any chance but Mystic River did just enough with a 3rd place finish and beat out NYAC via a head to head tiebreaker for the 2nd berth to nationals.
The Athletic Club played with a sense of urgency, beating... Read More
Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
The second qualifying tournament in the Pacific Northwest, the Roy Lucas 7s, culminated in a Seattle Saracens sweep sealing the Men’s and Women’s tickets to the Pacific North 7s Championships in San Francisco, Calif. in two weeks. The Men’s side was met with little resistance on its way to its second qualifier victory by crushing the Westside Ronin, 47-7, in the cup final. For the women, Seattle... Read More
Eight hours of rugby in Columbia, Md. was cut short on Saturday when lightning and rain stopped the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Slug 7s just before the cup final matches in the Men’s and Women’s Qualifier division. It was determined that the finalists in each division would share the tournament championship and qualifier points. For the Men, Schuylkill River and Norfolk split the title and the... Read More
Two years ago, to the day, from Mike Friday being announced as head coach of the USA’s men’s 7s team, the 12-man squad that would represent America in the Rio Olympics was announced. The selections were made at the end of a four-week camp, but for Friday and his staff, the process was two years in the making. For many of the players, it was much, much longer.
“It was brutal,” said Friday of... Read More
In the last opportunity to earn qualifier points in the Eastern division of the Midwest Summer 7s Series, the Chicago Lions took the first place in the Ducks 7s tournament in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday. The Lions used a high work rate to get through pool play and ultimately outlast Metropolis in the finals, 19-12.
The Ducks 7s tournament was an intimate affair, with the Chicago Lions, Metropolis... Read More