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Utah's Chad Gough on the run. Utah Rugby Photo.

The Red Bull Uni 7s tournament is entering its second year of existence, which will see an American team participate. The inaugural event last year saw six teams from Italy, France, England, Ireland and Wales competed at Bath University in front of a reported 13,700 fans, with the hosts claiming the title. 

The event has expanded considerably for its sophomore campaign, installing six different qualifiers across the globe, including one in Glendale, Colo. Thursday Aug. 25, which sees Arizona State, Clemson, Lindenwood, Colorado, Denver, Utah, Wyoming and Utah Valley fight for a bid to the finals Sept. 17 in Bath.

Four of the other global qualifiers have already played out. In April, Cardiff Metropolitan University won the Welsh qualifier, booking a return trip to the Red Bull Uni 7s final. Cardiff Metropolitan University routinely cultivates future national team players, and two alums, Dan Bibby and Sam Cross, just won silver medals for Team Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

In May, Universidade Paulista (Unip) from Sao Paulo beat 13 other teams to win Brazil's bid to England. Unip has won the Brazilian university championships 10 times, and at the Red Bull Uni 7s qualifier went undefeated. 

“The expectations for the World Final in Bath are the best possible. With our complete team, I’m sure we’ll be fighting for the world title as equals with the other teams,” Diogo Borges, Unip’s captain, said.

In June, Moscow City University claimed Russia's bid and CUS Milano Rugby took Italy's. A Japanese representative is also expected. Qualifiers will help make up an 11-team field at the Bath finals. The American qualifier tournament will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free to spectators. It's on the front end of a big weekend at Infinity Park, as the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens kicks off the following day.