Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Set to play June 4-6 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio the Championship is the first ever sevens championship at the collegiate level.
The USA 7’s Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6 from 4-6 p.m. EST and Universal Sports on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. EST.
“We’ve brought together the best-of-the-best for the inaugural USA 7’s Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational,” said Dan Lyle, Tournament Director USA 7’s Rugby. “It’s a great opportunity to expose the sport to a mass audience in anticipation of inclusion in the Olympics.”
Here are the Pools for the Collegiate 7’s Championship.
As expected, traditional rivalries were kept in tact for the Pool play rounds. Each of the four pools boasts their own rivalry.
Rivalry matchups include Dartmouth and Harvard in Pool A, Tennessee and Florida in Pool B, Army and Navy in Pool C, and Penn State and Ohio State in Pool D.
The pools have been evenly balanced and present high hopes for the upcoming tournament. Cal obviously comes into the tournament as early favorites, but that’s the great part about sevens. If this were a 15’s tournament… forget about it. But anything can happen in sevens and I expect the inaugural Collegiate Sevens Championship to have some surprises in store for all of us.
“Rugby Sevens is such a fast-paced sport that once you watch it you get to appreciate how much endurance and skill it takes to play the game,” said Ohio State head coach Tom Rooney. “Creating a tournament to match up the best of the best on the university level is a great way to showcase the sport to a growing fan base.”
If the first ever Championship wasn’t a monumental enough event for you, the broadcast is the most comprehensive coverage of any rugby event in the history of American rugby.
The Olympic inclusion of sevens has been a watershed moment for the sport in America. Broadcasters are finally beginning to take notice of the fine qualities of the sport that we know about already.
Forget that the exposure is coming via sevens. It is exposure that we need to grow the game at all levels (sevens, 15’s, youth, high school, college… whatever).
Celebrate it… support the Collegiate Sevens Championship and let’s make sure that this isn’t a one-time event.