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USA Rugby has confirmed the pools for Club 7s Nationals Aug. 9-10 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Below is a statistical breakdown of each club's history at Club 7s Nationals going back to the inaugural tournament in 1985.
Host Seattle Saracens, formerly Seattle-Old Puget Sound Beach, has a chance to, on home soil, set a new record for 7s National Titles. The Pacific Northwest powerhouses are currently tied with Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) with six championships, and OMBAC did not qualify for Nationals, leaving the door open for Seattle to take sole possession of the record.
The Denver Barbarians extended their streak of consecutive qualifications to 14. They've made more Nationals appearances than any other club (21), and missed the quarterfinals in just one of those tournaments. And they've made more quarterfinal and semifinal appearances than any other club, but never won the title.
The toughest pool on paper is probably Pool A, as it has the defending champion Seattle and only one team that didn't win its qualifying region in the the Kansas City Blues. However, the Blues have a strong 7s tradition and were narrowly edged out by the Denver Barbarians for the West title. Schuylkill River is aiming to get back to the National Final, which they reached in 2011, and New Orleans Royale has a very experienced, team-oriented squad. Still, Seattle is the odds-on favorite to take the group, if not win the whole tournament.
|Pool A||Nat'l Titles||Nat'ls Appearances||Best Finish||Nat'l Finals||Nat'l Semis||Nat'l Quarters|
|Seattle Saracens||6||15||1st - '88, '90, '91, '92, '10, '13||6||10||12|
|New Orleans Royale||0||2||9th - 2013||0||0||0|
|Schuylkill River||0||4||2nd - 2011||1||1||2|
|Kansas City Blues||0||10||2nd - 1993||1||2||7|
|Pool B||Nat'l Titles||Nat'ls Appearances||Best Finish||Nat'l Finals||Nat'l Semis||Nat'l Quarters|
|Old Blue||2||12||1st - '93, '05||3||7||7|
|Belmont Shore||3||13||1st - '09, '11, '12||5||6||8|
|1823||0||2||10th - 2013||0||0||0|
|Maryland Exiles||1||16||1st - 1989||3||10||12|
|Pool C||Nat'l Titles||Nat'ls Appearances||Best Finish||Nat'l Finals||Nat'l Semis||Nat'l Quarters|
|Chicago Lions||1||12||1st - 2007||2||4||9|
|East Palo Alto Razorbacks||0||1||2014 1st appearance||0||0||0|
|Atlanta Old White||0||6||6th - '09, '10||0||0||3|
|Titans||0||2||14th - 2013||0||0||0|
|Pool D||Nat'l Titles||Nat'ls Appearances||Best Finish||Nat'l Finals||Nat'l Semis||Nat'l Quarters|
|Denver Barbarians||0||21||2nd - '86, '87, '88, '01, '04, '13||6||13||19|
|New York Athletic Club||0||11||6th - 2010||0||0||2|
|Santa Monica||0||2||3rd - 1990||0||1||1|
|Austin Blacks||0||1||2014 1st appearance||0||0||0|