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
BLAINE, Minn. - The Rugby Utah Selects' 22-21 come from behind win in the Cup Finals earned the squad its second consecutive USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship, while ending the Denver Barbarians' sevens season in heartbreaking fashion.
The Barbarians put themselves in a hole when Landon Peterson was sent to the sin bin, and the Selects took advantage by connecting a few accurate offloads that sent Joseph Nicholls into the try zone for the game's first points.
Soon both teams would have to rely on just six players, though. A pass too high for Maximo de Achaval's reach forced Denver's leader into the air to make the catch, and Eagle Sevens athlete Don Pati hit de Achaval before he returned to the ground. The offense put Pati on the bench for two minutes, and Michael Al-Jiboori made Utah pay, as he backed himself on the way to a converted try.
The sevens action begins Saturday, Aug. 12, and 86 of the total 96 matches will air live on The Rugby Channel, while the remaining 10 will be available on TRC for re-air.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Sixteen men's teams have qualified for the 2017 Club 7s National Championship, but only one will raise the Cup Sunday, Aug. 13 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The sevens action begins Saturday, Aug. 12, and 86 of the total 96 matches will air live on The Rugby Channel, while the remaining 10 will games be available on TRC for re-air.
Rugby Utah Selects, Bulldog Rugby, Beltway Elite and Austin Huns
The Selects of Rugby Utah have a legitimate case to be labeled the team to beat this weekend. After all, the squad won last year's Club 7s National Championship in the National Development Academy's first-ever appearance. Rugby Utah's attack ought to be as relentless as it was in 2016 when Club 7s Dream Team member Jared Whippy made winning restarts look easy, and tournament MVP Don Pati ran circles around defenses. Both are back with the team in 2017, and are joined by Jared' brother Joshua, as well as University of Utah All-Americans Chad Gough and Gabe Ruflin.
Considering the Bulldogs had to battle Old Blue, Mystic River and the New York Athletic Club for two Atlantic North spots to Nationals, few outside the Bulldog camp expected the team from Connecticut to finish in the top-two of that four-team field. However, respected rugby mind Stephen Lewis took over as head coach at the beginning of the summer, and the team's results continuously improved as the summer progressed. Lewis' impact has no doubt been felt, but it also helps having capped Eagles Tim Stanfill and Lorenzo Thomas, as well as collegiate standouts Corey Jones (University of Arkansas) and Jihad Khabir (American International College).
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?
The big question is, who will take the No. 2 seed out of the Frontier? The Denver Barbarians or the Kansas City Blues?
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The Frontier, Pacific South, and Red River Regions conclude their series of men's qualifying events for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship Saturday, July 22, and each tournament has plenty in the balance.
NEBRASKA STATE GAMES
Reigning Club 7s National Champions Rugby Utah Selects have already booked their place at the Aug. 12-13 event in Minneapolis, Minn., thanks to starting off the summer with wins at Denver 7s and Heartland 7s. The big question is, who will take the No. 2 seed out of the Frontier? The Denver Barbarians or the Kansas City Blues? Both the Barbarians and the Blues enter the Nebraska State Games qualifier in Lincoln, Neb., tied for second in the competition with six standings points. Whichever club places better at this weekend's qualifier will move on to Nationals, while the other will be bitterly disappointed - and for good reason. Denver and Kansas City are two of the very best sevens teams in the entire country. Both clubs would have excellent shots of reaching a Club 7s Cup Final, but one team will not even be participating
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 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