NACRA 7s Olympic Qualifier Schedule Announced

BOULDER, Colo. – The match schedule for the June 13 and 14 NACRA Sevens Olympic qualifying tournament in Cary, NC has been announced. In total, 18 teams from North America and the Caribbean will compete for their Olympic lives in a Rugby Sevens tournament at WakeMed Soccer Park. The winning men and women’s team will each earn automatic qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The NACRA Sevens Championships will kick off at 11 am EDT on Saturday, June 13. The women’s championship match will be played at 5:04 pm EDT on Sunday, June 14. The men’s championship match will be also played on Sunday, June 14 at 5:34 pm EDT. All 53 matches, played over two fields, will be streamed live via USA Rugby TV.

Both the USA Rugby Men and Women’s Eagles Sevens are coming off of successful seasons and will look to continue that success in Cary, NC.

The Women’s Eagles narrowly missed Olympic qualification on the Women’s Sevens Series after a 15-14 loss to England in the third-place match at the Netherland Women’s Sevens. The Women’s Eagles ended the series tied with England with 76 points, ultimately finishing in fifth place following the loss in Amsterdam.

The Men’s Eagles Sevens will be riding high into Cary, NC as they are fresh off of their first-ever World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series title. The Men’s Eagles scored seven tries in a dominant, 45-22, defeat of Australia in the Marriott London Sevens Cup Final last month. Ultimately, the men would fall just short of qualification with a sixth place finish in the standings. The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles finished 13th last year.

The top-4 teams in the standings of both the Men and Women’s series receive automatic qualification to the Olympic games.

Men’s rugby will make its return to the Summer Olympic Games for the first time since 1924 – when Team USA took home the Gold Medal. The 2016 games will mark the first time women’s rugby has been played in the Olympics.

Watch the matches at USA Rugby TV

Match Schedule:

Pool A Pool B
Men
USA Canada
Mexico Guyana
Barbados Trinidad and Tobago
Jamaica Cayman Islands
St. Vincent Bahamas
Women
USA Mexico
Cayman Islands Trinidad and Tobago
Jamica Bahamas
Barbados Guyana
Saturday, June 13 (CST)
10:00 AM Men – Mexico v. St. Vincent Main Stadium
10:00 AM Men – Barbados v. Jamaica Koka Booth Stadium
10:22 AM Men – Guyana v. Bahamas Main Stadium
10:22 AM Men – Trinidad & Tobago v. Cayman Islands Koka Booth Stadium
10:44 AM Women – USA v. Jamaica Main Stadium
10:44 AM Women – Cayman Islands v. Barbados Koka Booth Stadium
11:06 PM Women – Mexico v. Bahamas Main Stadium
11:06 PM Women – Trinidad & Tobago v. Guyana Koka Booth Stadium
12:22 PM Men – USA v. St. Vincent Main Stadium
12:22 PM Men – Mexico v. Jamaica Koka Booth Stadium
12:44 PM Men – Canada v. Bahamas Main Stadium
12:44 PM Men – Guyana v. Cayman Islands Koka Booth Stadium
1:06 PM Women – USA v. Barbados Main Stadium
1:06 PM Women – Cayman Islands v. Jamaica Koka Booth Stadium
1:28 PM Women – Trinidad & Tobago v. Bahamas Main Stadium
1:28 PM Women – Mexico v. Guyana Koka Booth Stadium
2:44 PM Men – USA v. Barbados Main Stadium
2:44 PM Men – Jamaica v. St. Vincent Koka Booth Stadium
3:06 PM Men – Canada v. Trinidad & Tobago Main Stadium
3:06 PM Men – Cayman Islands v. Bahamas Koka Booth Stadium
3:28 PM Women – USA v. Cayman Islands Main Stadium
3:28 PM Women – Jamaica v. Barbados Koka Booth Stadium
3:50 PM Women – Mexico v. Trinidad & Tobago Main Stadium
3:50 PM Women – Bahamas v. Guyana Koka Booth Stadium
5:06 PM Men – USA v. Mexico Main Stadium
5:06 PM Men – Barbados v. St. Vincent Koka Booth Stadium
5:28 PM Men – Canada v. Guyana Main Stadium
5:28 PM Men – Trinidad & Tobago v. Bahamas Koka Booth Stadium
Sunday, June 14
8:00 AM Men – USA v. Jamaica Main Stadium
8:00 AM Men – Mexico v. Bahamas Koka Booth Stadium
8:22 AM Men – Canada v. Cayman Islands Main Stadium
8:22 AM Men – Guyana v. Trinidad & Tobago Koka Booth Stadium
8:44 AM Women – 1st place (TBD) v. 8th place (TBD) Main Stadium
8:44 AM Women – 4th place (TBD) v. 5th place (TBD) Koka Booth Stadium
9:06 AM Women – 3rd place (TBD) v. 6th place (TBD) Main Stadium
9:06 AM Women – 2nd place (TBD) v. 7th place (TBD) Koka Booth Stadium
10:45 AM Men Semifinal – Pool A 1st place v. Pool B 2nd place Main Stadium
10:45 AM Men Semifinal – Pool B 3rd place v. Pool A 4th place Koka Booth Stadium
11:07 AM Men Semifinal – Pool A 2nd place v. Pool B 1st place Main Stadium
11:07 AM Men Semifinal – Pool B 4th place v. Pool A 3rd place Koka Booth Stadium
11:29 AM Women Semifinal – Match 13 Winner v. Match 15 Winner Main Stadium
11:29 AM Women Semifinal – Match 13 Loser v. Match 15 Loser Koka Booth Stadium
11:51 AM Women Semifinal – Match 14 Winner v. Match 16 Winner Main Stadium
11:51 AM Women Semifinal – Match 14 Loser v. Match 16 Loser Koka Booth Stadium
1:30 PM Men – 9th Place (TBD) Main Stadium
1:52 PM Women – 7th Place (TBD) Main Stadium
2:14 PM Men – 7th Place (TBD) Main Stadium
2:36 PM Women – 5th Place (TBD) Main Stadium
2:58 PM Men – 5th Place (TBD) Main Stadium
3:20 PM Women – 3rd Place (TBD) Main Stadium
3:42 PM Men – 3rd Place (TBD) Main Stadium
4:04 PM Women – 1st Place (TBD) Main Stadium
4:34 PM Men – 1st Place Main Stadium
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