GLENDALE, Colo. – ULR Samurai International RFC – a professional touring 7s team based out of England and represented by players from 10 countries – will complete the eight-team lineup for the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament to be held at Infinity Park in Glendale on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. The addition of this talented and experienced team to the tournament adds to the already star-studded rugby event.
Competing along with Samurai for the $10,000 winner-take-all prize will be the USA Falcons, Tiger Rugby,the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans, the Chicago Lions, Old Puget Sound Beach, Glendale RFC and the Serevi Selects.
“International invitation 7s teams, such as Samurai, have become the breeding ground for the prestigious Sevens World Series.” said Glendale RFC 7s Head Coach Andre Snyman.
The HSBC Sevens World Series is an annual series of worldwide tournaments featuring national 7s teams. “Typically, players who play for invitation 7s teams end up playing for their national team in the Sevens World Series,” added Snyman.
Many of the biggest names in rugby have donned the Samurai International jersey over the years –the most famous being Ben Gollings, who represented England 70 times between 2000 and 2011.
Since its inception in 1996, Samurai has become one of the top teams on the international circuit. Famed for their striking kit, professional attitude and on-field flair, they have grown into arguably the world’s most-successful invitational 7s team.
Their successes are admirable and Samurai has become a global phenomenon, playing in Hong Kong, Dubai, the U.S., the Cayman Islands, Trinidad, Australia, Kenya, Zambia, the Netherlands and more.
Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon expressed his delight at the announcement by saying, “Having the caliber of players such as that of Samurai International’s here at Infinity Park for the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens is sure to add a new competitive edge to the overall event.”
Dunafon continued by adding, “We look forward to all the teams participating and can assure all rugby fans that this will be a tournament not to be missed.”
Tickets are available online at ipglendale.com/srs or can be purchased on the day of the event at the stadium gate at 950 Birch St, Glendale 80246. Ticket prices are $10 ($5 for children ages 4-12).