Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
One of the divisions that everyone is keeping an eye on at the Las Vegas Invitational is the Collegiate 7s CRC Qualifier, with the winner earning a spot at the CRC in Philadelphia, which will be broadcast once again on NBC. The first event to open up competition for a spot in the CRC in June, the LVI pulled in collegiate teams across the land. All with hopes of crashing the party in Philadelphia.
One of those, Brown University, has put its chips all in. Brown’s head coach David LaFlamme has been “working the boys hard” back in Providence, RI as Brown hopes to grab that free pass to the CRC in June.
“Eight out of the 12 selected Brown student athletes to attend this weekend are in the running for All-Ivy,” chimed in LaFlamme in a recent interview.
The CRC has already invited 11 teams to participate, but there are still spots open, including one where any school can earn its way in through the LVI tournament. Brown is preparing to grab that spot.
Teams are invited to the CRC based on their ability on the field, their name recognition in American sports, their ability to organize a 7s program, and their fan following. But the qualification tournament takes only one criteria into account: winning on the field.
“If your team didn’t get invited and you think it should, you can do something about it,” said LVI Tournament Director Jon Hinkin.
“Enter the CRC qualifier at the LVI and win on the field. You win and you’re in.” Brown has certainly taken up Jon’s challenge.
Brown finished Day 1 of the LVI with a 1-2 record, but due to the unbalanced brackets moved onto the Bracket A Quarterfinals on points differential. Despite the 1-2 record, Brown played one of the tournament favorites, Kutztown, tough and might surprise on Day 2.
Brown faces off against Bracket A #1 seed Miami of Ohio this morning in the knockout stage. In true Las Vegas fashion, it’s all in for the underdog Ivy League squad.
For up to date info, follow Brown’s in-game tweets at www.ivyleaguerugby.com.
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