The final qualifying spot for the 2012 USA Rugby 7s Collegiate National Championships will be decided at Cal Poly State University this Sunday, 11th November. Some of the best Rugby 7 teams in California, including Cal Poly, St Mary’s College, San Diego State and UC Davis will fight it out for the chance to travel to Texas A&M to compete against the nations best.
So far nine teams have qualified automatically through qualification tournaments in their region. They include; Davenport, Lindenwood, Life, Northeastern, Texas A&M, Texas, Central Washington and Cal.
On top of automatic qualification for the Championships, there will be 13 at-large bids on offer. The College Competitions Committee is scheduled to hand out those bids after this weekend’s qualifier in San Luis Obispo.
The top teams that will face off this weekend have seen plenty of each other so far this fall. This weekend’s tournament will see the end of the busiest Collegiate 7s season in Californian Rugby history, with tournaments being held at St Mary’s College, Cal Poly, Stanford and Santa Barbara. Both St Mary’s and San Diego State have won a tournament this season, whilst Cal Poly has played in three Championship finals but went down in each one.
“We’ve seen all these teams over the past couple of months at various tournaments, so we know we need six solid games to take out the qualifier” said Cal Poly 7s Captain Landis Nasser. “With ten top tier, very experienced teams, it’s going to be a great weekend of Rugby.”
The Qualifier will kick off with pool matches starting at 1pm on Saturday and continuing under lights until 7pm. On Sunday the playoff stages will begin at 9am with the final being played at approximately 2:30pm.
The field on the Cal Poly campus is located just off Highland Drive. Due to a Cal Poly Football match on Saturday parking will be free before 2pm and $6 there after. Parking will be free all Sunday.
The field has a large grass bank right on the sideline, so there will be plenty of seating. Fans are encouraged to bring along picnic rugs and chairs so they can enjoy all the action in comfort. There will be a BBQ, concession and merchandise stand at the field with all proceeds going directly to Cal Poly Rugby’s fundraising efforts.