in 2007, the Chicago Lions have been close but no cigar in the national
club 7s scene since.
Though they did win the Club Championship Series in Las Vegas in February,
the USA Rugby title has eluded them in recent years.
Perhaps most curious was 2010, when the Lions looked virtually unstoppable
in pool play after being picked in these pages as potential champions. But... Read More
Youngbloodz, a mostly-collegiate conglomerate out of Minneapolis,
will make its debut at the Club 7s National Championships Saturday.
The five-year-old club, which finished second in the Midwest to the Chicago
Lions, is the creation of Samoan coach Sam Robinson.
“Its good for the kids, and that’s the reason why I did it,” he told
RUGBYMag.com about forging Youngbloodz. “It took me... Read More
there any more mysterious team at the National 7s Championships than the
Hawaii Selects? Hard to think of one.
The Hawaii RFU pushed for a chance to play at nationals in 2010, traveling
to the Pacific Coast tournament only to find out at the 11th
hour that they could not participate. This year, they skipped that step,
getting a dispensation from USA Rugby to enter a team... Read More
It wasn’t that long ago that Jone Naqica was playing in the National 7s
former USA 7s captain was a key figure on the San Francisco Golden Gate
team in recent years. But a nasty concussion in December, 2009 essentially
ended his USA prospects, and a knee injury during the following Super
League season put him on the sidelines long-term in 2010.
That’s... Read More
The Glendale Raptors have lost just two 7s
games this summer, but they could prove costly. Glendale won the West’s
first qualifier in Dallas, going 5-0.
Their next outing, a round-robin event in San Diego, the Raptors swept
their SoCal competition.
In the third and final West qualifier, Glendale went 3-2 and finished
third. Because of a log jam at the top of the West standings,... Read More
The Boston Rugby Club was almost unbeatable during this summer’s Northeast
They led the season standings easily and were hardly challenged in the
final championship, and that has Head Coach Kevin Imonje just a little bit
we been tested enough? No I don’t think we have,” Imonje told RUGBYMag.com.
“In the Northeast every so often some teams will really... Read More
The Utah Warriors, in their first summer playing 7s, are the
champions of the Pacific Coast, and they could well be crowned national
champions Sunday at Sheeran Field in San Francisco.
The Warriors lose no players from the Pacific Coast Championship team,
except Mike Palefau. Palefau is their top playmaker and one of the best
all-around players in the country, but he has to report... Read More
Shore is still expected to do well. Belmont Shore is still the champ of
Southern California. But the Belmont Shore at 7s Club Nationals Aug. 6-7 in
San Francisco will not be the same Belmont Shore you saw in the same event
last year, or recently, for that matter.
Though selections aren't final and there are still a couple roster spots to
be won, Belmont coach James Walker... Read More
No, really, Pittsburgh Harlequins? Did anyone have the Pittsburgh
Harlequins on their radar? No, really, no one outside of Pittsburgh did.
But the Harlequins finished second in the Mid-Atlantic, and while some
might crow that the Mid-Atlantic isn’t as strong as it has been, it’s
unwise to dismiss the Harlequins simply because they aren’t well-known.... Read More
The American rugby rumor mill has churned out whispers that the Dallas
Harlequins are dropping from the Super League. It's been speculated since
the end of the spring season, and even before, by some in the American
rugby community that the Quins may wish to take some time in DI to rebuild
both competitively and financially, but that speculation has picked up
"As... Read More