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High-Profile Names Tapped as Coaches in Premier Rugby 7s

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High-Profile Names Tapped as Coaches in Premier Rugby 7s

Premier Rugby 7s will be held in three cities this year.

Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) have announced their 2022 coaches for the league's eight teams that will battle for the 2022 PR7s Championships.

As PR7s prepares for its nationwide launch in San Jose, Washington, D.C., and Austin this summer, the coaches will be responsible for selecting their players through the inaugural PR7s Player Draft to take place on Tuesday, June 7. Six protected players for each team will be announced prior to the draft.

The following coaches who will lead the men's and women's teams of PR7s have been confirmed, according to PR7s General Manager Mike Tolkin:

Experts Women
Irene Gardner, head coach
Ros Chou, assistant coach

Experts Men (defending champions)
JK Anderson, head coach
Emil Walton, assistant coach

Headliners Women
Andrew Locke, head coach
Lauren Barber, assistant coach

Headliners Men
Tim Stanfill, head coach
Peter Tiberio, assistant coach

Loggerheads Women
Katie Dowty, head coach
Andre Snyman, assistant coach

Loggerheads Men
Waisale Serevi, head coach
Tiffany Fa'aee, assistant coach

Loonies Women (defending champions)
Kelly Griffin, head coach
Robin MacDowell, assistant coach

Loonies Men
Sean White, head coach
Nese Malifa, assistant coach

"Our coaches across the league are some of the brightest minds in American rugby," said Mike Tolkin, General Manager of Premier Rugby Sevens. "They will ensure the highest level of play that our fans are going to love this summer."

As part of their licensing partnership with PR7s, Rhinos Rugby selected the Loggerheads coaching staff for both the men’s team and the women’s team. Notably, the Rhinos selected Waisale Serevi as the men’s head coach for the Loggerheads and Kelly Griffin for the women. Viewed by many as the greatest rugby sevens player of all-time, Serevi is a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Griffin was the captain of the women’s U.S. Olympic team in Rio in 2016.

Through its nationwide expansion into new cities in 2022, PR7s tournaments will bring the rugby sevens festival experience to Major League Soccer (MLS) stadiums in San Jose at PayPal Park (Saturday, July 9), Washington, D.C. at Audi Field (Saturday, July 16), and Austin at Q2 Stadium (Saturday, July 30). This year, PR7s unveiled a revolutionary new prize that unites the men's and women's competitions, with combined points throughout the season determining the winner of the United Championship.

Tickets for the tournaments in San Jose, Washington, D.C., and Austin this July are now available at prsevens.com/tickets.