BOULDER, Colo. – Elite Cup Champion San Francisco Golden Gate and New York City Sevens will represent the United States at the inaugural World Club 7s tournament August 17-18 at Twickenham Stadium in London, England.
Hoping to capitalize on the sport’s inclusion on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Program, Premiership Rugby has created the World Club 7s to bring together the best sevens clubs from around the world.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for these US players, clubs and coaches to be exposed again to a higher, more challenging level of rugby,” said USA Rugby Club Director Jim Snyder. “In the long run, it will be this type of exposure to the best rugby in the world that will help our systems and players continue to develop. I expect this will be a very special experience for the US teams involved”.
Eleven of the 12 teams to compete in the World Club 7s have already been announced, including Super Rugby clubs ACT Brumbies, Auckland Blues, Vodacom Blue Bulls, and DHL Western Province and Aviva Premiership’s Harlequins and Northampton Saints. Teams from Russia and Argentina will also be in London for the tournament. The 12th participant will be the winner of the J.P. Morgan 7s in August.
San Francisco Golden Gate will consist of players from the Division I club, while New York City Sevens will feature players from the local region. Both teams will also draw on available Men’s Eagles Sevens players in Residency at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Full rosters for both teams will be announced soon.
San Francisco Golden Gate has been drawn in Pool B against Buenos Aires, Northampton Saints and Vodacom Blue Bulls. New York City Sevens will face the winner of the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s, VVA Moscow Region and DHL Western Province in Pool A.
Much like the IRB World Sevens Series, the top two teams from each pool at the end of day one will progress to the Cup Quarterfinals, as will the two best third-place teams. The other four teams will advance to the Shield competition.
Tickets for the World Club 7s can be purchased here.