The Best of the West tournament is slated for Saturday and Sunday at Joint Base Lewis McChord just south of Tacoma, Wash.
Fans are invited to Cowan Stadium (enter the base at I-5 exit 119, park for free and take the shuttle) to see 12 top teams from around the nation and internationally, as well.
Seattle is represented heavily in the tournament, with Old Puget Sound Beach, Seattle RFC, and Serevi Rugby field squads. Also from the Seattle area comes the Pacific Rovers.
Oregon provides the Northwest Sturgeon, who finished second at the Tatunka 7s (Olympia) and first at this past weekend’s Roy Lucas 7s in Portland. Also from Oregon will be the Tsunami.
From further afield, East Palo Alto comes from Northern California, while a Pacific Coast Grizzlies team will draw players from all over the region.
Utah also sends two teams, Humless, led by some impressive young talent, and a Utah Collegiates side.
And finally, a Combined Services team will also participate. That team has been running two-a-days all week, with recently retired former USA 7s team captain Kevin Swiryn running them through their paces.
The tournament will run Saturday and Sunday, and will also feature a High School bracket. The JBLM Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Brittain is expected to attend and the US Army will provide a full color guard for the opening ceremonies.
“We’re very excited about this tournament,” said Nick Punimata, Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army and father of USA 7s player Nu’u. “We’ve got high school select teams from four states, and 12 really solid teams competing in the men’s division. We’re looking forward to showcasing the game on base.”