GRR: Men Senior Rugby
Teamwork, lack of mistakes, and a little shot of athleticism saw the best teams through on Day One of the Men’s Club 7s Saturday in Tukwila, Wash.
For teams that hadn’t played much over the last year or so—with some hardly playing this summer, either—the championship was most welcome, but at times certainly the clubs involved struggled to look polished.
As many as 208 rugby players could be in action in the Men's Club 7s Championships Signes Cup bracket, with 16 teams set to take the field tomorrow in Tukwila, Wash.
The 16 teams can have a roster of up to 13, with at least nine having to be US citizens. Three can be non-citizens and a fourth can either be a green card holder or a US citizen.
The USA Club 7s Championships will have two tiers—the Signes Cup and the Silver Cup.
The way teams at the USA Club 7s Championships are put together varies—some are ongoing clubs that piece together a 7s team for the summer, some exist only for the summer, and some are something of a mixture of the two.
Schuylkill River Rugby out of the Philadelphia area is the first kind, with a heavy emphasis on using homegrown talent.
After a year when there wasn't much rugby, making it that much more difficult for college players to move and connect with senior clubs, we're actually seeing a very strong connection between collegiate rugby and club rugby in the USA Club 7s Championships.