USA Club 7s Qualifiers
This weekend there are five tournaments serving as qualifiers for USA Rugby Club 7s Nationals in New York on August 11-12. Some teams will book a stop for Nationals this weekend, while others will seek to establish themselves as contenders.
Last weekend, Belmont Shore won the Western Open and a spot in Nationals. This means that the Pacific South will have an additional seed, while the Pacific North will only have one representative. The Washington Athletic Club and the Westside Ronins will be contenders in Bellingham, Washington. Life West, who made it to the Western Open finals, will also contend for the Pacific North spot.
For the Women, the Seattle Atavus will look to defend their title. There are three spots available in the Pacific North for the women. Life West Gladiatrix and the Berkeley All-Blues are front-runners.
Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore VI
In the Northeast, there will be 3 men’s and 2 women’s teams qualifying for nationals. With the men having 4 qualifiers and the women 3, teams could lock up spots this weekend. See article.
Teams in the Midwest move to their second of four qualifying tournaments this weekend. Two seeds are at stake for both the men and the women. After the first tournament in both the men’s and women’s competition it was Metropolis came in first. In the men’s division the Chicago Lions, Cincinnati Wolfhounds, and the Milwaukee Barbarians finished second through fourth respectively. In the women’s division, Cincinnati Rugby, Chicago Lions, and Chicago North Shore finished second through fourth respectively.
Rocky Mountain 7s
The Women’s qualifying in the Frontier Region kicks off with only one team advancing through from the region. Teams that accumulate the most points in the two qualifiers, the Rocky Mountain 7s and the Heartland 7s, will earn the sole spot. The Glendale Merlins will be the favorites, but Black Ice Rugby, the Kansas City Jazz, Rocky Mountain Magic, and the Utah Vipers will hope to contend.
Monk Vaughn 7s
The men enter the third of four qualifiers with Schuylkill River and Beltway Elite 7s tied for the top spot. Both teams will be looking to outperform the other as they head into the final qualifier next weekend. Northern Virginia and Rocky Gorge, who beat Schuylkill River in the Eastern Open semi-finals, could also enter the picture if they either team wins the final two tournaments.