Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy (taking a pause from my summer hiatus)
Today the Atlantic Coast announced the pools for the second annual Atlantic Coast Invitational 7’s. Founded by members of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, the ACI 7’s brings together rugby teams from schools that participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
North Carolina State heads into the tournament as the reigning ACI 7’s champs as they took down rivals North Carolina in the championship in 2010.
The Wolfpack have to get past a very tough Pool A in order to defend their title. NC State is grouped with Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia Tech. Pool B is nearly as tough with North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Duke. Aside from the Blue Devils, the remainder of the teams in the ACI 7’s field are capable of making noise.
The tournament also serves to remind everyone that teams need not restrict themselves to 15’s battle lines when it comes to 7’s. Although both Duke and Florida State are not members of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, as teams coming from ACC institutions, they were invited to participate.
The ACI 7’s is set for September 17-18, 2011 hosted at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.