Cal Poly to host Rugby 7s National Championship Qualifier

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In exciting news for the Cal Poly Rugby Club, USA Rugby has just announced that the Mustangs will host the 2012 Californian Rugby 7s National Championship Qualifier.

College teams from San Diego to Sacramento are expected to make the trip to San Luis Obispo for the two day tournament scheduled to be run on the Cal Poly campus on the weekend of November 10 & 11. “Hosting this tournament is a great opportunity for the Rugby Club. We’re very excited to be the college that will showcase the best Rugby 7s talent in the state.” said Cal Poly Rugby President Taylor Goodson.

Cal Poly's Alex Frost vs Life University at the 2011 Rugby 7s National Championships at Texas A&M

The winner of the qualifying tournament will go on to play in the 2nd annual USA Rugby 7s National Championships in early December. Cal Poly received a wild card selection in last year’s championships after their impressive performances at the 2011 qualifier at St Mary’s College. The Mustangs then finished 8th at the National Championships which was hosted by Texas A&M.

Rugby Senior and 2012 7s MVP Bobby McNeal, is very confident the Mustangs can go two games better should/when they qualify for the nationals. “We were fairly happy with our final placing at the National Championships, but know we could have done much better. We almost beat eventual champions Life University in our pool game, so know we’ve got it in us to compete against the best.”

Rugby 7s, the abbreviated, faster version of the traditional 15-a-side game, has been picking up a lot of steam in the United States since the announcement that it will be an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“For these Rugby athletes their US Olympic journey begins here. Last year we had three teams selected to advance to the Nationals, more than any other qualifier. Our goal is to facilitate a first class tournament where all players can participate and play some quality Rugby.” said Andy Doukas the Collegiate 7s Coordinator for California

In the weekends leading into the National Qualifier at Cal Poly, college teams will compete in a number of seeding tournaments hosted up and down the state. Cal Poly will host the 2nd West Coast Rugby 7s Invitational tournament in San Luis Obispo on the 6th October, all college teams are welcome to enter.


Draft Fall Rugby 7s Schedule

Warm-up Tournements
9/29 St Mary’s College, Moraga
10/6 West Coast Rugby 7s Invitational, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Qualifying Seeding Tournaments
10/13 Stanford,
10/27 So Cal, TBC

National Championship Qualifying Tournament
11/10-11 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

National Championships
11/30-12/1 TBC

To sponsor or support the Cal Poly Rugby Club in hosting this tournament, please contact David Burnett at dave.burnett@calpolyrugby.com

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