The 2016 USA Rugby Collegiate Sevens National Championship tournament has been expanded. On Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29), the best collegiate sevens teams will battle it out to see who deserves the title.
Throughout the past year teams have had chances to compete for spots in one of the three brackets this year. Most of the teams in Mens D1 and D2 will have their spots as well as Womens D1 and D2. The remaining teams will be selected based upon what they have shown on the field throughout the year.
The tournament will take place in Cary, North Carolina. WakeMed Soccer Park along with the Triangle Sports Commission and the Town of Cary will host the tournament this year. This is the fifth year for this tournament and is expected to have the largest turn out.
“The College 7s National Championship has become an extraordinary event in our domestic calendar,” USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez said.USA Rugby has been documenting the growth of this tournament and refers to it as a highlight of the summer. It is also a great opportunity for students to take the best advantages at honing their skills for later use.
“Spectators from around the world have tuned in to our full tournament broadcasts featuring All-Americans, exemplary student-athletes, and future Olympians alike. Cary will be an excellent destination of the early summer for anyone feeling the Olympic itch. Furthermore, the number of teams competing is a solid indication of the growth and popularity of the championship”, says Cortez.
The tournament helps for student athletes catch the attention of coaches and other prospects who may be looking for new talent when they are under pressure with a title on the line.
All of the sports complexes have expressed their excitement about this summers games and can not wait to demonstrate their southern hospitality. What is exciting about this year is that it is continuing a very young tournament and helping it to continue to grow into one of the biggest collegiate sport events the USA has yet to see.
This tournament is exciting for the teams that have qualified for a spot in the championships. They have proven they have what it takes to compete among the best, and now have a chance to achieve that title. With this tournament continuing to grow, it is hard to know which teams you will see this upcoming Memorial weekend. As more teams increase their quality of competition, rugby in the USA will benefit and continue to grow.