Bloodfest 7s has exploded to 48 teams this year, and they’ll all converge in Austin, Texas Saturday in four separate brackets.
There’s a women’s bracket with 11 teams at last count, an open bracket with 12 competitive teams, a 16-team social bracket and a 10-team super social competition, making up what would appear to be the biggest rugby tournament in a state that pride’s itself on generally large things.
The competitive bracket is anchored by the Woodlands Exiles. Numerous All Americans, All American candidates and general studs from some of America’s top rugby-playing colleges, like Arkansas State, Penn State and Life, make up the Exiles.
But the team everyone on hand in Austin will want to catch a glimpse of is the Mexican National Team. They’re in the same pool as the Exiles, and that game should be the most anticipated round-robin match of the day.
Anchoring another of the three pools are the Dallas Harlequins. Their roster from last year was somewhat pilfered by the Exiles, with Zac Mizell, Steyn Benade and Curtis Chaffin, arguably the Quins’ three best players, moving to The Woodlands this summer. If the Quins and Exiles meet in the knockout stages, it will be a sight to see.
El Azul, a central Texas team with Austin Hun roots, is probably the favorite in the third pool. They typically attend a qualifier or two and could be competitive. Fort Worth is also pretty good, and if Justin Boyd is playing with Frisco, they’ll certainly be entertaining to watch.
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