GREENSBORO, NC– The Atlantic Coast Rugby League has announced the launch of a new collegiate Rugby 7s series, the Atlantic Coast Invitational Rugby 7s Series, to be run in the fall of 2012.
Four one-day tournaments will be held in different locations up and down the east coast, which will lead up to the Atlantic Coast Rugby 7s Championship, sponsored by USA Sevens LLC, which will be held in late October.
The idea behind the series originated with Clemson Head Coach Justin Hickey.
“With the Olympic inclusion of Rugby 7s and the current trend of 7s competition in the United States, the Atlantic Coast Rugby League (ACRL) has the opportunity to set the standard on how Rugby 7s operates and competes at the collegiate level.”
Each ACRL team will have the option to enter any of the Series tournaments. Once it is established how many ACRL teams will be attending each tournament, the extra slots will be opened to non-ACRL collegiate teams through an application process. The one-day Series tournaments will have either eight or twelve teams depending on the venue. The Atlantic Coast Rugby 7s Championship will be contested over two days and will be limited to the men’s rugby teams from the universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Patrick Kane is the ACRL League Commissioner and Co-tournament Director of the Atlantic Coast Rugby 7s Championship. “The expansion from a single tournament to a series is a natural progression given the increasing popularity of Rugby 7s. It will expose our teams to more and better competition while providing competition opportunities for collegiate teams outside of the ACRL,” said Kane.
ACRL teams who will be allowed to enter each event of the series will represent the following universities:
• Clemson University
• Georgia Tech
• N.C. State University
• University of Maryland
• University of North Carolina
• University of Virginia
• Virginia Tech
• Wake Forest University
As well as the eight members of the ACRL, Florida State and Duke have also been extended invitations to the Series events and to the Atlantic Coast Rugby Sevens Championship.
Tentative dates and venues to be confirmed are:
September 15th – Blacksburg, VA
September 29th – North Carolina (Raleigh, Charlotte, or Greensboro)
October 13th – Atlanta, GA
October 13th – College Park, MD
October, 27th-28th – Atlantic Coast Rugby 7s Championship (Location TBD)
Information on the application process for non-ACRL teams will be announced in the coming weeks.