So we now know the teams playing for a major 7s championship in college rugby, and, boy, it's a lot of teams.
It's a lot even though USA Rugby drastically reduced their number of teams participating. We still have 16 USA DI Men's teams, 24 CRC Men's teams, 12 USA Women's teams, 16 CRC Women's teams, 12 USA DII Men's teams, 8 NSCRO Men's teams, and 6 CRC Collegiate Challenge teams.
Norwich University won the Chris Munn 7s this past weekend, edging the always-tough Middlebury 19-17 in the final.
This was a heavily-Vermont-area tournament, with Norwich fielding four teams, Vermont and Middlebury two, and Dartmouth also participating.
In the B-side bracket, Middlebury B defeated Norwich B 29-15 to win the cup.
It's easy to miss the fact that in their own 7s tournament last week, Kutztown not only won, they beat AIC 33-12.
Kutztown, it seems, might be poised to make some noise this spring, and they are big, powerful, skilled, and experienced. KU has a lot of talent, and one you might want to keep an eye on is freshman Dmontae Noble.
The last of what was expected to be the qualifiers for USA Rugby's DI College 7s Championships has been completed.
When the Saint Mary's Gaels came off the field Saturday after beating Arizona 43-7 in the DIA semis, they were about to receive a dressing down from Head Coach Tim O'Brien.
And far from their coach's ire being a let-down after a ky victory, the fireside chat was expected.
The University of Arkansas has won the Red River Conference 7s, defeating Texas A&M 17-12 in the final.
Saint Mary's will return to the DIA final after beating Arizona 43-7 Saturday in the semis.
Life University will play for the DIA final as the Running Eagles held off BYU 36-26 in Marietta, Ga. Saturday.
The teams were very evenly matched, with BYU a little bigger overall, but Life strong in contact. The breakdowns were a constant battle between the two, with BYU doing well to disrupt Life ball, and every ruck was hotly contested
The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) final four is this weekend in Glendale, Colo.
LSU-Alexandria will take on Tufts and Claremont Colleges will face Xavier University in the semis on Saturday.
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The DIA playoffs are down to four teams and they are four teams who have had very different paths to the semifinals.
There’s BYU, which had to play an independent schedule to earn a playoff spot. As a result, the Cougars had to play on the road for the entire playoff run - not exactly what they’re used to, but they know what they’re doing.
Fools Fest at Winona State in Minnesota kicked off the upper Midwest 7s spring this past Saturday, and with both DII and NSCRO men's college brackets in the tournament, there were some interesting matchups.
James Madison played in all four of the Chesapeake Conference 7s series tournaments, and didn't win any of them, but in the final championship tournament this past weekend, JMU came through with a series of surprise results to take the title.