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Pools Announced for the Atlantic Coast Invitational 7’s

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.

Pool A

  • North Carolina State
  • Virginia Tech
  • Clemson
  • Florida State
  • Georgia Tech

Pool B

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Wake Forest
  • Duke

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.


16 comments on “Pools Announced for the Atlantic Coast Invitational 7’s

  1. knightsy
    July 21, 2011

    Once again, the creator of this tournament Mr Richards, has sufficed his own team’s interest by placing the 3 ‘powerhouses’ of the ACRL by lumping in UNC, Virginia and Maryland into one pool. Effectively this eliminates one threat without the need for Va Tech to play them.

    Someone will combat my statements up above but to be honest, I speak as close to the truth as possible. NC State is no longer the team they were last year when they upset UNC in the final(they were lucky to be there after a chip kick that was scored on in the last minute against a very tired UVA) and similarly Clemson doesn’t convert from 15s to 7s very well.

    Say what you want but this had to be the mentality whilst Mr Richards made these pools. Cuss me out if you like, but the crux of it all is, that if everything goes according to plan, that Va Tech does not play a serious contender I feel until the Semi finals..but this is sevens rugby and anything can happen.

    • schalke
      July 22, 2011

      @knightsy – you have to beat the best to win it all so who cares which pool is stronger

  2. Robert
    July 22, 2011

    Clemson is going to surprise everyone this year and take home the trophy… you heard it hear first.

    • Pat Kane
      July 22, 2011

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  3. Andy Richards
    July 22, 2011

    Firstly, you have not seen NC State play this summer, have you? They are better than they were last year and are my favorites to win the whole thing again.

    Secondly, I had absolutely nothing to do with the draw, and to be honest, when it was announced by my co-director, I baulked because we would be playing NC State first.

    Now please have the courage to post your name!

    • rj
      August 1, 2011

      “Firstly, you have not seen NC State play this summer, have you? They are better than they were last year and are my favorites to win the whole thing again.”

      To add to Andy’s point here, they beat Sir Walter Raleigh, pretty much an ad hoc first-choice 7s team from Raleigh RFC, MARFU Division I club, at two different tournaments in the Airborne Sevens at Fort Bragg and Raleigh RFC’s own Charity 7s. They won both tournaments, beating ECU’s 7s side in the Raleigh tourney.

      “I am almost positive that the NC State team that has been playing sevens this summer is mostly graduated players. I wouldn’t bank on them being the same team in the ACI.”

      Some of them are graduated, some are not.

  4. Pat Kane
    July 22, 2011

    Whoever Knightsy is oibviously has no clue what he is talking about. Andy is right, I was the one who put the pools together, and my concern was that Pool A was actually stronger than Pool B. NC St. is by far the clear favorite coming into this event. They are tearing up the Summer 7s circuit. UNC graduated 75% of its team that played at the CRC. Virginia has some good players, but they aren’t playing 7s this summer. Same for Maryland.

    Knightsy- I hope you are coming to the tournament. Give me your real name and I’ll even leave you a free weekend pass.

    • Pat Kane
      July 22, 2011

      And the pools were determined based on last year’s results-there is a finalist, semifinalist, and challenger finalist in each pool.

  5. Louis Moore
    July 22, 2011

    Alright give me the free tickets then.

    • Pat Kane
      July 22, 2011

      Sure thing. A ticket for Saturday and Sunday will be left at will call for Craig Knight, UNC Class of 2011.

  6. knightsy
    July 22, 2011

    Not a problem. In the end, I didnt have the full story and apologies are made for that so here is mine. Andy and Pat, sincer apologies for the comments made. As you said I didn’t have the full story and made an opinion. Im a big one on cliches and if you don’t mind me saying, ‘opinions are like bums, everyone has got one’. Mine was not correct, but was still voiced just like everyone elses. Should be an intriguing set up for the tournament and if anything, my comments have sent more sparks to these other teams to prove me wrong rather than the administration due to my allegations.

    Anyway lads, apologies again. Don’t hold it against me as what do I know, I only left last year as Pat said. Best of luck to all involved and look forward to it all in September.

  7. Follow the money
    July 24, 2011

    Ted, any chance you could find out from USAR how much this new insurance benefit actually costs/member. I feel like the more established rugby media sites are dropping the ball on this one. While this deal may technically be a “benefit”, if it only costs 2/person I think USAR needs to tell its membership that, and then explain where the other 8 dollars is going. No way it costs 10/person.

    • Clay
      July 26, 2011

      From my understanding it costs $5 per person. So they SHOULD be putting the extra $5 per person into this “Escrow” fund… AKA the Eagles World Cup trip… I dont trust them one bit.

  8. Rugby America
    July 25, 2011


    I would be absolutely shocked if USAR shared that information. Why? Because they know the $10 increase is way more than enough to cover the insurance. Given that they are buying the insurance (very high deductible) in bulk, I’m willing to bet the actual cost is somewhere around $2-3/person. It is all smoke and mirrors.

    Where will the surplus go? I heard something about an escrow account, but that sounded like a load of bull to me. The union is in debt and there is this thing coming up that they need funding for… yes, the World Cup. I think it is a safe bet that at least some of that money will end up funding the Eagles World Cup effort.

    They might as well have just imposed a $5/player tax and called it the “Eagles Relief Effort”. At least that would have been a transparent transaction.

  9. Andy Richards
    July 25, 2011

    Totally agree Ted – the 2K deductible is the kicker and will prevent many college players from actually making legitimate claims.

    Lets say a player cracks his ankle and is on crutches for 6 weeks. You’d think he could claim on the insurance to cover his lost part-time waiting job at the local restaurant. With 2K deductible, he is very unlikely to do that.

    I will be seriously talking to my players about this taxation when they return to school. But of course, i will need to get all the facts from USAR, and thats going to take me some time!

  10. randle
    August 1, 2011

    I am almost positive that the NC State team that has been playing sevens this summer is mostly graduated players. I wouldn’t bank on them being the same team in the ACI.

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