One of rugby's biggest story lines of the last year was the game's 15s superstars giving 7s a go ahead of the Olympics. So far, that experiment has borne little fruit. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have all named their squads for Rio, and only one 15s star, Sonny Bill Williams, has made the cut.
Missing out on Olympic selection were New Zealand's Liam Messam, South Africa's Bryan... Read More
The crowd at Deodoro Stadium near Rio won’t all be rugby fans for the six days of sevens. Many will be experiencing the Olympics as a whole, perhaps without much thought to the details of rugby beforehand.
One way to get into the sevens spirit – no game knowledge required – is by donning some dress-up. The official fan guide advises: “Did You Know? Fans usually watch matches wearing costumes,... Read More
The Utah NDA clinched a spot at August nationals thanks to its second cup victory in as many tournaments. The NDA defeated the Denver Barbarians in the final and with one tournament to play Denver and the Kansas City Blues are in a fight for the second berth to the nationals.
Despite missing four top players to Tiger Rugby for the weekend, Utah improved its undefeated record in 7s play this... Read More
Years of hard work and sacrifice culminate for more than 20 athletes this week, as final selections for Mike Friday’s Team USA draw near. They’ve been in camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. for a month, and this week the competition has ramped up to include more live game play.
“This week we’re starting to see the results of what they’ve been putting in,” said Friday. “... Read More
After a three-week break, the Red River Conference 7s Series picked back up on Saturday with the Cowtown 7s in Fort Worth, Texas. Unfortunately, the tournament was cut short due to lightning and the Little Rock Stormers were named tournament champions based on total points scored. Little Rock scored one more point than the Austin Huns to claim first place.
Little Rock shared a pool with two... Read More
The Midwest Eastern Conference held its second National Qualifier tournament over the weekend in Mentor, Ohio with the Rock 'n’ Roll 7s. When the day ended, 1823 sat as tournament champions, with its A and B sides taking first and second place, respectively.
1823's first side found itself in a favorable pool with the tournament hosts, Cleveland Crusaders' second side, Pittsburgh, and Legacy. The... Read More
It was a busy weekend in the South as three National Qualifier tournaments were conducted in Florida, Georgia, and the True South. A total of 21 teams competed with Miami shutting out Naples to win the Invasion 7s, the Atlanta Old White blasting the Legion Rugby Club for the Hotlanta 7s title, and Nashville edging out New Orleans to capture the Tennessee 7s crown.
Tampa Krewe’s second annual... Read More
Both regions of the Pacific North were in action on Saturday with the Pacific Northwest’s Can-Am 7s and Northern California’s Silicon Valley 7s. In the Northwest’s first national qualifier tournament, the defending National 7s Champion, the Seattle Saracens, won the Can-Am 7s handily as both sides of the club reached the final. For NorCal, Life West picked up its second first place finish at the... Read More
Mystic River repeated as the Hellgate 7s champions this weekend and in the process chipped into Old Blue’s lead in the Northeast Sevens Championship Series. With one tournament to play, Old Blue still leads the series but Mystic River and NYAC are both within striking distance.
The top four once again took care of business in pool play, setting up a pair of familiar semi final matchups. Mystic... Read More
Mirroring its success in 15s, Rocky Gorge brought home the NOVA Ruggerama 7s trophy by defeating Schuylkill River, 40-26. Gorge was lucky to survive pool play and then edged Northern Virginia (NOVA), 12-10, in the semifinals. The young team composed of mostly newly recruited college players met the undefeated Schuylkill River in the final. The Exiles beat Gorge earlier in the day, but in the... Read More