After being awarded the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship trophy, the coaches of Atavus Rugby and the Rugby Utah Selects, Emilie Bydwell and Ben Nichols, spoke with Rugby Today’s Alexander Diegel.
Rugby Today: What about your team was the main reason for winning the National Championship?
Emilie Bydwell, Director of Atavus Rugby: Ultimately, it was preparation.... Read More
Day Two at 2017 USA Club Rugby 7s National Championships went a lot better, both for the Beltway Elite and me personally. In the first match against the eventual Bowl winners, the Dallas Reds, I got my first start of my career at 7s Nationals. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I made the most of it. I wasn’t very happy with my performance and we lost a sloppy, rainy match 5-0 on the last play. We... Read More
In a tremendous matchup, the Utah Selects captured their second consecutive club 7s national championship with an exciting 22-21 victory over rival Denver Barbarians. The Selects scored two tries in the final two minutes, including one at the death to stun the Barbarians.
It is the second consecutive year that the finals ended between two teams from the frontier division. Last year, Utah upended... Read More
Rugby Today reporter and Beltway Elite prop Alexander Diegel here. Some of you may have read my writing before, and some may know I’ve played rugby in the Mid-Atlantic for the last six years or so with the Maryland/Potomac Exiles, Capital Selects, and now, Beltway.
Beltway Elite won the Mid-Atlantic Conference and qualified for Nationals as the ninth seed in its inaugural season, a story in and... Read More
A wild Saturday at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. ended with 16 teams advancing to the Cup Quarterfinals on Sunday. On a day of surprises and many pools won by point differential, only six teams walked away without a mark in the loss column. The Rugby Utah Selects, Washington Athletic Club (WAC), and the Denver... Read More
Sixteen of the best women’s 7s clubs gather this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship. The women’s division boasts a talented and deep field, but there is an added wrinkle this season. The event coincides with the Women’s World Cup and a number of players who had a big impact at Club 7s are away in Ireland for this go around.... Read More
Pool A at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. is the freshman and sophomore pool, highlighted by the reigning 7s National Champions, Rugby Utah. None of the four teams had made Nationals before the 2016 season, when Utah took the nation by surprise and won the tournament. It headlines the group after capturing its second straight Frontier... Read More
The most competitive group at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. is Pool B. There will be no shortage of talent in Pool B and no clear cut favorites to move onto Sunday's cup rounds. Both Old Blue and the Washington Athletic Club feature a handful of capped Eagles, while the Dallas Reds and Metropolis certainly are threats.
Old Blue (... Read More
In less than a week, 16 teams will collide in Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship. The teams in Pool C are the veterans of the tournament with a total of 56 appearances at the tournament. With the likes of the Denver Barbarians, Belmont Shore, Charlotte, and Schuylkill River in Pool C, the squads have been to this level before and know... Read More
With three dynamite clubs and an upstart newcomer, Pool D is up for grabs at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend. The Chicago Lions and the Life West Gladiators each won their conferences and are coming into the tournament as the #4 and #6 teams overall, respectively. The Santa Monica Dolphins fought off OMBAC to secure the #2... Read More