Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Just a couple of weeks removed from the exciting Club 7’s Championship in San Francisco, many of the top 7’s players will cross the country in an attempt to bring home bragging rights for their territories at the The Emirates Airline USA Rugby All-Star 7s Tournament.
Hosted by the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union in conjuncture with USA Rugby, the tournament will be played on Randall’s Island, NYC for the second year in a row.
The pool of All-Star players will come together for this tournament on August 28th and 29th 2010.
“I am excited about the tournament being hosted on Randall’s Island for the second year in a row,” stated Bret Costain, one of the tournament directors and President of the Village Lions. “The trust shown from USA Rugby tells us that they liked how we handled the tournament last year and they see the potential for growth on the East Coast for these types of venues.”
Men: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific, South, West, and Northeast
Women: Mid-Atlantic, South, West, Northeast, Pacific, Midwest, Southern California, and USA Developmental
The West come into the tournament as the reigning Men’s Champion and the Northeast have dominated the Women’s competition winning four out of the last five tournaments.
Noticeably absent from the men’s bracket is Southern California who would have been a front-runner to claim the title.
Also missing is the Collegiate All-American 7’s team which has had the rug pulled out from under them this past summer.
The team was pulled out of the World University Games because of lack of funding which was a major disappointment to players. The squad was given the All-Star 7’s Championship as a consolation only to find out that they would not be assembling for that tournament either.
If the All-American 7’s team is going to play a major role in developing USA 7’s players and Olympic hopefuls, this team needs to be given more priority.
Selectors for the national teams will be in attendance and surveying the crop of talent at the tournament.
“Last year on Randall’s Island, we showed we could successfully host this tournament for the best 7s players in the US. I’m proud USA Rugby concluded we should host it again.” said Toby Butterfield, President of the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union.
Nigel Melville, CEO and President of Rugby Operations at USA Rugby, highlighted the importance of the tournament to the future of rugby by saying “With less than six years left until sevens makes its debut in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, this is the type of event to identify those who will be making that team to represent the United States.”
All-Star 7’s Champions from the Past Decade
For further information on the tournament, please visit http://www.newyorkallstarsevens.org