There were some superb team performances at Club 7s Nationals in San
Francisco over the weekend, with teams like Schuylkill River, Youngbloodz,
Marist and Middlesex making deeper runs than perhaps they were projected
Just like you saw some teams' names left out of the later cup rounds
(Chicago, SFGG and Utah), you'll see some high-profile players' names left
off the all-... Read More
took Justin Boyd 18 months to get back on the rugby field after tearing all
his knee ligaments in 2009, but, really, it took him even longer than that.
Back on the USA 7s team in February, Boyd still struggled at times. It
wasn’t until a full six months later, with Belmont Shore this past weekend,
that Boyd really looked as powerful a player as he was in early 2009.
“People... Read More
Alex Ross being tackled: a rare
scene. Dobson Images
Schuylkill passing. Dobson
Ed Pitts evading a tackler.
Shalom Suniula was awarded MVP
by Al Caravelli
Belmont Shore, which won the semifinals and
quarterfinals by a score each, got... Read More
Schuylkill River pulled off the upset, and the
Youngbloodz nearly did. Utah and Belmont Shore, champs of the Pacific Coast
and Southern California, respectively, were the odds-on favorites in the
Cup Semifinals. They had the Eagles, and neither Youngbloodz nor Schuylkill
River had any. Well, as it turns out, you don't need Eagles to win at the
Club 7s championships.
The Warriors... Read More
The Cup quarterfinal round started with a blowout, when the Utah
Warriors crushed Marist of Hawaii 40-5. Marist was never in it, and Utah
seemed to be on a warpath.
Maka Unife, who is the breakout player of the tournament, scored
immediately, and Marist trailed the rest of the way. Ben Nicholls had a
very worthy performance dotting down three tries.
The only potential setback for... Read More
Unknowns going into this men’s National 7s Championships, the Marist Hawaii
Selects were picked to struggle early by RUGBYMag.com.
Hawaii in green and white. Dobson
And in a way, they did, but in the best fashion possible. Hawaii took on
favorites Belmont Shore in their opening match and lost 24-7. As... Read More
Schuylkill River being swarmed
by OMBAC. Dobson Images
Youngbloodz with ball. Dobson
Denver trying to avoid the upset
to Youngbloodz. Dobson Images
The first upset of day one saw Youngbloodz come back to knock off the
Denver Barbarians. The Barbos, at Nationals for the sixth... Read More
Exiles with ball. Dobson
Atlanta Old White in black.
Middlesex ballcarrier looking
for support. Dobson Images
The Woodlands Exiles traveled to San Francisco with just nine players,
having to leave several at home because of eligibility considerations. They
knew they... Read More
Utah's Mike Palefau. Dobson
Peter Tiberio going to ground.
JP Eloff wrangling in an SFGG
Pool A, better known as the Pool of Death, was highly competitive.
Glendale, a well-respected team with a lot of talent and some friendly
scalps in their pouch from... Read More
All photos by Dobson
Shalom Suniula for
Marist in green
Boston being defended by
Belmont Shore didn’t just win Pool B, they dominated it from start to
finish, outscoring their three opponents by a combined score of 115-14. The
only team... Read More