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.
Date: August 12-13, 2017
Location: National Sports Center, Blaine, Minnesota
Men's Final Standings
1. Rugby Utah Selects
2. Denver Barbarians
3. Washington Athletic
4. Belmont Shore Rugby
5. Old Blue of New York
6. Bulldog Rugby
7. Chicago Lions
8. Life West Gladiators
9. Dallas Rugby
10. Metropolis Rugby
11. Santa Monica Dolphins
12. Optimus Rugby
13. Charlotte Rugby
14. Beltway Elite
15. Schuylkill River Exiles
16. Austin Huns
Women's Final Standings
1. Seattle Atavus
2. San Diego Surfers
3. Life West Gladiatrix
4. Scion Sirens
5. New York Rugby
6. American Rugby Pro Training Center
7. Chicago Lions
8. Northern Virginia Rugby
9. Glendale Merlins
10. Orlando Rugby
11. Beantown Rugby
12. Austin Valkyries
13. Minneapolis Rugby
14. Atlanta Harlequins
15. Philadelphia Rugby
16. Tempe Ninjas
The women’s bracket initiates Nationals Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. CT, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 13 in the Women’s Cup Final at 4:05 p.m. CT. All 96 matches from the 2017 Club 7s National Championship will air on The Rugby Channel.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Sixteen of the very best women's sevens teams in the country will descend upon the pitches of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Aug. 12-13 to compete for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airlines Club 7s National Championship. This summer's tournament field includes three previous National Champions (American Rugby Pro Training Center, San Diego Surfers and Scion Sirens), and two squads making their very first championship appearance (Atavus Academy and Minneapolis Rugby).
The women's bracket initiates Nationals Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. CT, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 13 in the Women's Cup Final at 4:05 p.m. CT. All 96 matches from the 2017 Club 7s National Championship will air on The Rugby Channel - 86 of the games to be broadcast live, while 10 matches from Sunday, Aug. 13's Shield and Plate competitions will be available for re-air on The Rugby Channel.
Scion Sirens, Life West Gladiatrix, Glendale Merlins and Tempe Ninjas
Reigning Club 7s National Champions the Scion Sirens headline Pool A in Minneapolis. After winning each of the four Mid-Atlantic qualifying tournaments, Scion is coming into Nationals in excellent form. Still, the Sirens might not be the same dominant force that won all six of its games at the 2016 National Championship. Five players from last year's Cup-hoisting squad are with the Eagles in Ireland competing in the Women's Rugby World Cup. Fortunately for Scion, 2016 Club 7s MVP Kiki Morgan will be lacing up her boots at Nationals with the Sirens again.
The Mid-Atlantic wrapped its series of sevens tournaments in Philadelphia by rewarding five total bids to Nationals.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Fourteen ore teams have officially qualified for the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship following the results from the Saturday, July 22, regional qualification tournaments.
After winning each of the region's first three qualifying events, Belmont Shore's sheer appearance at the Pacific South's fourth and final tournament - Santa Monica 7s - qualified the boys from Long Beach, Calif., to yet another Club 7s National Championship. The big question in Southern California entering the weekend was who would join Belmont Shore in Minneapolis next month - Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or the Santa Monica Dolphins?
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.
The annual event honors the memory of Monk Vaughan – a standout scrum half for Richmond RFC who has been dearly missed since his life was taken by a drunk driver.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Mid-Atlantic teams will look to better position themselves for a place at the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship during the July 8 Monk Vaughan 7s Tournament hosted by the Richmond Lions. The Saturday of rugby sevens will see one of the most competitive regions, in both men's and women's sevens, compete at Dorey Park in Henrico, Va., while honoring Monk Vaughan - a respected man in the greater Virginia rugby community.
Most of the tournament's fanfare might be drawn to the supreme skills that will on display in the Men's and Women's Qualifying brackets, but 51 teams representing five states will be at Dorey Park competing in divisions that include a Men's Open, Men's and Women's Social and a High School Boys tournament. The event has shown tremendous growth over the years, and all signs are pointed to the 37th rendition being the very best.
Coming off of a National Championship victory at last August's Club 7s Nationals, Scion started its 2017 summer with a win at June 24's Ruggerama, and most recently took first-place at last weekend's Cape Fear 7s. Given the National Development Academy's proficiency over the past year, the Sirens will be the favorites heading into Monk Vaughan 7s.
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
Article by Chad Wise | Originally published at usarugby.org
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Dick's Sporting Goods Park hosted eight Rugby Sevens Finals Sunday at the 2016 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championships, where Scion Rugby Academy and Rugby Utah won National titles in their first attempts.
Thirty-two teams entered Sunday's Semifinals having played four games apiece in an 11-hour Day One. Seattle Saracens, defending National Champions since 2013, bowed out of the men's competition under the stadium lights in Saturday's Cup Quarterfinals, while Scion dropped 2015 Champion American Rugby Pro Training Center to the third-place match in this morning's Semifinals.
The women of Old Blue of New York stunned 2015 runners-up Seattle Saracens in the first round of knockout play to advance to the Semifinal matchup with Oregon Rugby Sports Union, and sprinted to a 10-0 lead. ORSU overcame two first-half yellow cards for a 12-10 halftime score, but Old Blue scored an early try in the second frame and held on for the 17-12 victory.
National Development Academies ARPTC and Scion were top seeds from their respective pools when they entered the Cup round, and were evenly matched in a high-paced Semifinal. Eagle Samantha Pankey scored the only try of the first half and capped Women's Eagles Sevens Ashley Perry ticked the scoreboard for ARPTC for a 12-7 Scion lead that held through the remaining minutes. The Little Rock, Ark., outfit defeated ORSU to take the tournament's bronze medal.