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The first-ever true College Sevens National Championship will see 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams (a combined total of nearly 500 student-athletes) play in over 100 action-packed games over the course of the two day tournament in College Station, Texas.
The tournament will be used by National Team scouts and selectors to identify players that could be representing the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games.
"Rugby sevens has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two years, and this tournament will really be the first comprehensive scouting opportunity at the college level for the USA men's and women's sevens teams," said Jim Snyder, USA Rugby's Director of Rugby Operations.
"The Championships will be very exciting, but on top of that, many of the athletes have an opportunity to showcase their talents and plug themselves into the international pathway. We expect to see a number of these student-athletes in the Olympics one day," Snyder said.
Representatives of the United States Olympic Committee will be on hand as well to catch a glimpse of the newest Olympic sport and the athletes that may represent Team USA in 2016.
Fourteen men's teams will automatically qualify for the tournament by winning a qualifying tournament and a selection panel, with the goal of providing the best possible competition, will determine the ten remaining men’s teams.
Twenty-three of the men's teams will be announced on Wednesday November 9, with the final team being determined at the Empire 7s tournament on Saturday November 19.
The women’s teams will be chosen entirely by a selection committee. Those selections will be announced on Wednesday November 16.
Select games will be webcast and additional broadcast and webcast opportunities are being reviewed.
Men's Qualifying Tournament - Tournament Winner
August 28: Big 10 7s; Madison, Wis. - Wisconsin
Sept. 3-4: Midwest 7s; Bowling Green, Ohio - Miami of Ohio
Sept. 17-18: Atlantic Coast 7s; Greensboro - N.C. - North Carolina State
Sept. 24: SCRC 7s; Knoxville, TN. - Tennessee
Sept. 24: SIRC 7s; Tallahassee, Fla. - Life University
Oct. 15: Oklahoma 7s; Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M
Oct. 16: Northwest Collegiate Rugby 7s Championships; Seattle, Wash. - Central Washington
Oct. 22: Pacific 7s; Palo Alto, Calif. - Colorado
Oct. 22: Mountain 7s; Glendale, Colo. - BYU
Oct. 29: Delaware 7s; Newark, - Del. - Kutztown
Oct. 29: California 7s; Moraga, Calif. - St. Mary's
Nov. 5: East Coast Rugby Conference 7s; Amesbury, Mass. - Boston College
Nov. 5-6: Ivy Rugby Conference 7s; - Dartmouth
Nov. 19: Empire 7s; Stony Brook, NY - TBD
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