Newport 7s - Newport, RI
A week after taking an early lead in the Men's Atlantic North sevens standings with a first-place finish at Monmouth 7s, Old Blue of New York hopes to make it two-for-two this weekend at Newport 7s. Not surprisingly, Old Blue and second-placed Monmouth finishers, Mystic River, will be entering two sides.
Bulldog Rugby and New York Athletic Club are true contenders in the qualifier bracket, as well, but it will not be easy. Old Blue received a potential boost to its sevens squad when fly half James Bird was released from Eagles camp to return to the east coast from California.
A couple of very strong women's teams will have to deal with a loaded bracket at Newport, as teams attempt to earn a spot in the Women's Atlantic North Championship event at Saratoga 7s. Beantown and Boston Rugby are two of the best on the East Coast, with Beantown getting the better of Boston this season on its way to a conference championship in 15s.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic North women's sevens action, Flower City 7s in Rochester, N.Y., and Tri-State 7s in Danbury, Conn., are taking shape June 25.