USA Rugby to send two teams to World Club 7s at Twickenham

USA Rugby to send two teams to World Club 7s at Twickenham

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.

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  • Guest - James

    This great game is getting better and better. Go THE EAGLES!!!

  • Guest - PETNZME

    Now that's a start in the right direction for USA rugby. Maybe one day USA Will have a City sevens across the US.

  • Guest - guest

    Why are the current national champions or other successful 7s club teams not been sent and rewarded for their hard work???? 15s is a very different code to 7s, just because you succeed in 15s does not mean you will succeed in 7s. I am not from Belmont Shore (current national champs) or a club that has qualified for nationals here in the US but what this says to me and the rest of the national club 7s league is that USA Rugby does not care about the teams working year round to develop solid 7s programs and true feeders into the national system. Looks like the same Old Boys Club as usual. Very disappointing to see very short sighted planning once again. Golden Gate has not even competed in the national 7s league with success so why send them to represent the US in 7s?? The new USA Rugby Work For It campaign has just got a whole lot of egg on their face!!!

  • Guest - Mark

    I am guessing that USA Rugby has chosen those two teams because the cities they reside in have world wide recognition...they plan to stack the deck/fill the roster with Eagles??? I am not privy to the workings of the powers that be in rugby in the USA, but they are not held in high esteem by many rugby enthusiasts. Look at all the competing "non USA tournaments" cropping up at all levels. Well if they send anything but the very best we have to offer from all over the country they won't be competive and will not advance the reputation of USA Rugby on the world stage. Cheers that we are competing, boo that many fine players seem no be given no consideration.

  • Guest - Mark

    In reply to: Guest - Mark

    Non USA Rugby sanctioned tournaments I meant to type

  • Guest - Spider Mlls

    For once the Europa folks are getting to get two top clubs from the USA in the 7's mix. These players from NY area and SF are world class athletes and superb rugby players. We wish them that only their top A game is on display in London and we are sure it will be. Go coaching staff, support members and USA teams. Win one for the Gipper, eh!