Armed Forces 7s Set

Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. has been selected as the tournament site for the U.S. Armed Forces Rugby 7s Championship from Aug. 18 & 19, featuring All-Star teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

“We are honored that the US Military teams have agreed to co-locate their annual championship here at Infinity Park with our first International Defense 7s tournament,” said Mike Dunafon, Mayor of the City of Glendale in a press release.

The two-day event will be played in conjunction with the inaugural International Defense 7s tournament, with international military teams from the British Army, Australian Army, British Royal Air Force, and the French Armed Forces. The two tournaments will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 19 with the U.S and international teams facing off for Gold, Silver and Bronze places.

The International Defense 7s will be raising money for the Homeland Defenders Fund, a nonprofit organization providing support for Colorado Veterans and their families.

Wanna Win Tix to the CRC 7s?

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Giving the USA Sevens a Brazilian… um.. twist!

The field for the USA Sevens leg of the IRB Sevens World Series is starting to come together nicely, with this report from the IRB that Brazil has been invited to Las Vegas to give the sevens a whirl.

It makes sense to invite the Brazilians, if for no other reason than the combination of Brazil’s fans and the ever entertaining Kenyan fans could be an explosion of awesomeness! But Brazil is also the host country of the 2016 Olympic Games, where Rugby Sevens will debut.  According to the IRB story:

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Saving Rugby – the “Surprising Rise” of the Sevens Game (Part 2 of 2)

Part One Here

Rugby purists, for whom the 15-a-side game means everything, might be surprised, and a bit upset, to discover that Rugby Sevens might be the best way to present rugby to a larger, world-wide audience, and thereby save the game from falling into the alluring “schoolboy charm” that has kept rugby going, but not allowed it to expand in developing markets. 

Rugby sevens can spread the sport faster because in most national teams can get 12 players together and start working on the core of a pretty good sevens team faster than getting 30-45 players for a “full game” that they will not be able to compete in anyway.

(I know 12 players means there’s not much depth to go a complete IRB Sevens Tournament, but nations can pick and choose their spots to compete in the first few years).

Rugby sevens is an incredibly exciting game, speaking as a fan of this type of rugby and as someone who loved to play sevens (again, about 65 pounds and two knee injuries ago). And, let’s be honest here, there is a lot more scoring in sevens rugby tournament than there is in most 15-a-side rugby matches. (unless you’re New Zealand playing Japan in the 1995 World Cup.

Sevens give nations that would not be able to compete in an 80-minute game of “real rugby,” like surprise sevens upstarts Kenya, sevens stars Fiji, current World Sevens Champions Western Samoa, 2009 World Sevens Champions Wales, and even the U.S. to a lesser scale, a chance to be competitive with more entrenched rugby nations, such as England, France, and even rugby powerhouse New Zealand. (These top tier rugby nations still tend to win the majority of the IRB Sevens matches, but if planned out right 

Rugby sevens was selected to be in the 2016 Olympics in England, and one reason it was picked (in my opinion) was that instead of 15-a-side rugby, sevens allows these additional nations to be competitive. (Hey, even the U.S. – current Olympic Rugby champions – can make the time to prepare a top-flight team). 

Now if this is carried on to a logical conclusion, sevens should be pushed much more in the developing rugby nations, with the inclusion and additional marketing of the Sevens World Cup, to allow Nations a real chance to compete with the powers of the rugby universe. While most top tier rugby teams still focus on 15-a-side first and seven second, smaller nations can dedicate the time to reverse those and have a better showing in the London Olympics.