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The popular West Coast 7s autumn tournament will take place on two weekends in two venues. The first one on October 6 is at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, with four pools of three-sides each, a five team secondary contest, and a women's event.
Two weeks later, a two-day tournament on October 20 and October 21 features a full 16-team contingent at the pitches on Treasure Island, San Francisco, which will be streamed by FloRugby.
The West Coast 7s follows the decade-long increase in popularity of the 7s game, which soared in awareness during the 2016 Rio Olympics where 12 women's and 12 men's nations competed.
The New York RFC's Thanksgiving 7s' event in 1959 started the first 7s with eight eastern teams playing the novelty version of rugby. The final that year was between an MIT A and MIT B side. The next year, in 1960, is notable because it marked the first written report by the NY Times of an American rugby game since before the start of World War II. Dartmouth senior Tom Conger was lauded as "fleet of foot" for his try that gave the Big Green the title.
October 6 - Cal Poly. San Luis Obispo
The four pools of college sides follow:
Pool A - Cal, Cal Poly, UC Santa Cruz
Pool B - UCLA, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara
Pool C - Bears, UC Davis, Fresno State
Pool D - Arizona, USC, Stanford
October 20, 21 - Treasure Island, San Francisco
A sixteen-team event:
UC Santa Cruz
16th Team - Play-In*
*Several Teams will compete for the 16th spot at the Cal Poly Tournament on October 6.
For more information about both events, contact the Tournament Director:
W. Andrew Doukas
Central Coast Athletic Club