Editor's Note: These rankings are for the teams that are estimated to participate. Until a team enrolls or participates, inclusion of teams is speculative.
The Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship will be competed at the National Sports Center just outside of Minneapolis. Every match at the 2017 Club 7s National Championship will air live on The Rugby Channel.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Six more teams have qualified for the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship following an important weekend of qualifying events held across the country. The total number of teams booked for the 2017 Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn., is up to nine with the previous qualifications of American Rugby Pro Training Center, the Austin Valkyries, and Rugby Utah.
The four representatives from the Atlantic North were determined as Bulldog Rugby and Old Blue rose above a very difficult regional competition to qualify for Nationals on the men's side, while Beantown and New York Rugby emerged from the women's sevens series.
Mystic River appeared well on its way to a third consecutive appearance at the Club 7s National Championship after taking first place at Newport 7s in June. However, Bulldog Rugby won the Atlantic North tournament last week in New York to put itself in a more favorable position to qualify heading into the Saturday, July 15, Saratoga 7s.
31 out of this year's 47 qualifying tournaments are now complete, and the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship field is starting to come into picture. As of July 8, three teams have already officially qualified, and another handful are more or less de facto qualified by their performance thus far.
Like the Atlantic North Region, the Red River has seen three different teams take first place over the region’s first three men’s qualifying events.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The busiest weekend of the summer of qualifying events for the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Club Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship saw certain clubs distance themselves from the pack thanks to first-place finishes Saturday, July 8, while other regional competitions tightened as a number of teams picked up their first tournament victories of the summer.
A trio of teams, meanwhile, became the first of 32 sides to qualify for the 2017 Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. 2015 National Championship winner American Rugby Pro Training Center claimed the Red River's No. 1 seed to Nationals, and the Austin Valkyries punched their ticket as the region's second squad. On the men's front, reigning National Champion Rugby Utah has earned the right to defend its title after winning a second tournament in the Frontier Region.
Busiest weekend of the summer sees 20 teams win at 12 qualifiers, and 3 teams officially punch their tickets to Minnesota
The 2017 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship will be held at the National Sports Center in Minneapolis. All 96 matches to be contested at the Aug. 12-13 National Championship event will be broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The contest to qualify for the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship does not get much tougher than the competition in the Atlantic North. Old Blue's women's program's rise to national power and a number of teams improving their play on the men's side - with the assistance of Northeast Academy - have the region boiling over with talented squads and individual athletes.
The second half of Atlantic North's qualification process for the Aug. 12-13 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship begins Saturday, July 8, at Hell Gate 7s in New York.
Mystic River and Old Blue, the region's 2016 men's representatives at Nationals, currently hold the top two spots in the Atlantic North standings after each team earned a first-place finish at the opening two qualifying rounds. Both teams are major players on the national stage, as well, each having Cup Semifinal appearances at Nationals between them the past two summers. Still, New York Athletic Club has reached the Cup Quarterfinals as recently as 2014 and is coming off of a 15s season that saw the club reach the Division I National Championship Final, and Bulldog Rugby out of Connecticut has made strides to compete with the region's best in recent years.
The sweat-drenched Saturdays over six Competitive Regions put regional standings positions in the balance, with nearly every team competing putting in the training and travel hours in hopes of earning one of 32 places at the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - A busy weekend of Club Championship qualifying tournaments saw many of Nationals' usual suspects raise hardware before the country takes a break from qualifying events during the first weekend of July. The sweat-drenched Saturdays over six Competitive Regions put regional standings positions in the balance, with nearly every team competing putting in the training and travel hours in hopes of earning one of 32 places at the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis.
NEWPORT 7S | ATLANTIC NORTH
Mystic River made major inroads in its attempt to qualify for its third consecutive National Championship field by winning Newport 7s. The 2016 Division I National Champions in 15s had two sides competing in the event's top bracket, but it was Mystic's No. 1 squad that posted a 4-0 mark before providing a Cup-winning performance in the Final.
Mystic River coasted to pool wins over Long Island and Village Lions before putting 36 points on both White Plains and 15s National Runner-up New York Athletic Club. The Cup Final pitted last week's winner of Monmouth 7s, Old Blue, against Mystic River. Eager to not allow Old Blue to widen its Atlantic North lead as the region hits its midway point, Mystic River scored a late try to down its rival and post a 17-12 win.
The first-place result draws Mystic River to just two series points behind Old Blue's 41 points with two qualifying tournaments left to play. Behind the two Newport finalist are New York Athletic Club and Bulldog Rugby with 34 and 32 points, respectively.
Next up: July 8 | Hell Gate 7s
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The Club community's summer months are filled with sevens. Some take a more leisurely approach to the speed-driven code, one of the newest Olympic sports to be showcased in Rio next month, and others make their intentions to qualify for the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships known. While the months of June, July, and August are distinctly designed for sevens for teams from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, a deep postseason run in 15s can bleed into a sevens campaign and leave legs exhausted from a long season of the 15-a-side game.
Mystic River knows all too well about the trials of attempting to compete at the highest level in both codes. Last year, Mystic River's 15s season ran until the final day of May when the team fell to New York Athletic Club in the National Semifinals. Still, the team managed to qualify for Club 7s Nationals out of the extremely competitive Atlantic North, and eventually finished third at the Championship event in the club's first appearance since 2010.
This year the Malden, Mass.,-based club took its season a step further in 15s, winning the Division I National Championship over Austin Blacks June 4 - 14 days before the Atlantic North's first qualifying event for sevens.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Four teams from the Atlantic North can begin to make travel plans for Denver after qualifying for the 2016 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships at Dick's Sporting Good Park. Outside of the Atlantic North, teams like the Oklahoma Elite, Old Mission Beach Athletic Club and Schuylkill River did their part to improve their chances at a berth to Nationals.
Saratoga 7s - Saratoga, NY
It was New York Athletic Club's day in the sun in Saratoga over the weekend, but it has been the summer of Old Blue in the Atlantic North. The men of Old Blue fell to NYAC in the Final of Saratoga 7s, but their body of work over the past month was good enough to earn the club the No. 1 seed to Club 7s Nationals. Mystic River, the team Old Blue narrowly defeated in the Semifinals of Saratoga 7s, hold onto the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic North by defeating the Village Lions in the Plate.
The women of Old Blue also punched their ticket to Colorado to play in Nationals after missing out on last year's Championship event. Old Blue's top side went undefeated throughout the summer, and regularly submitted two teams to Nationals, while three Old Blue squads competed in Saratoga. The club's first unit continued its impressive winning streak at the Atlantic North's final qualifying tournament.
After accumulating a plus-119 scoring margin during three pool play wins, Old Blue eliminated New York Rugby Club in the Semifinals. The other Semifinal saw New England rivals Boston Rugby and Beantown butt heads, but it was Boston prevailing towards the Final. In that final game, Boston threw everything it had at Old Blue, but the 2014 Club 7s Cup Finalists posted one more try than Boston and took the title, 10-5.
Boston will join Old Blue at Nationals, and will be anxious to touch down in Denver to improve on last year's results. 2015 was Boston's first appearance at a Club 7s Championship, and the team was not able to post a victory. Its five-point loss to an impressive Old Blue side should give the women of Boston some added confidence going into the club's final stretch of preparation for Nationals.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The 2016 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships at Dick's Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, Colo., are less than a month away. Teams like Orlando Women's Rugby and Atlanta Old White, and Miami on the men's side, have qualified for regional championship tournaments. Other squads like National Development Academies American Rugby Pro Training Center and Rugby Utah look poised to not only earn a spot at the Aug. 13-14 National Championships outside of Denver, but do some serious damage once they get to Dick's Sporting Good Park.
Hell Gate 7s - New York, NY
The usual suspects from the men's premiere division in the Atlantic North again reached the Semifinals of the latest qualifying event, Hell Gate 7s, but this time it was Mystic River claiming first place.
The Division I National Championships in 15s beat the Old Blue in the Semifinals to set up a Final against New York Athletic Club - which bested the Connecticut Bulldogs in its Semifinal fixture. In the end, it was Mystic River's defense that led it to the top prize and 22 Atlantic North qualifying points by blanking NYAC, 24-0.
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The win inches Mystic to just three points behind Old Blue for the No. 1 seed in the region, though Mystic will be wise to keep one eye on NYAC. Athletic Club is just five points behind Mystic heading into this weekend's fourth and final qualifying stage, where the top two teams at the end of July 16's Saratoga 7s will advance to the Club 7s National Championships.
The women's side of the Atlantic North has been a one-way street, however, with Old Blue fending off the competition at will. This past weekend at Hell Gate 7s was no different as the 2014 Club 7s National Champion runner-up squashed the competition once again.
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