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USA Rugby College 7s To Be Held In Tucson

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USA Rugby College 7s To Be Held In Tucson

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The location for USA Rugby's 2019 Collegiate 7s National Championships have been finalized, with Tucson's Kino Sports complex playing host on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.  There will be a total of 64 teams competing across six divisions- marking the largest field of teams competing in the history of the tournament. Tickets now available.

"The largest field in tournament history presents an exciting and great opportunity for College Rugby," said USA Rugby's Senior Events Manager, Competitions- James Wilber. "We are excited about visiting Tucson for this year's championships, Kino Sports Complex has proven themselves time and time again to be a facility more than capable of handling and producing events of the highest caliber. We look forward to working with them on creating another memorable event."

The Kino Sports Complex is no stranger to hosting marquee rugby events, having hosted both the Women's Premier League (WPL) Championship weekend and the PAC 7s tournament in 2017.

"We are thrilled to be welcoming in such a great event to the city of Tucson," noted Sean Duffy Bid Organizer and University of Arizona's Head Coach . "We're incredibly grateful to be working with such tremendous partners like Visit Tucson and Kino Sports Complex. With our recent history of hosting events like PAC Rugby Sevens as well as the hosting of Fiji Sevens training camp last year, the city is on the rise. It is going to be a special weekend and we look forward to creating a great event for all teams involved as we continue to grow the sport here and show people our vibrant, developing city." 

The Championships will see a slightly different format to what they have experienced in the past. Both the men's and women's side will add a division of competition. For the women, they will see eight teams compete in the Elite Division, eight teams compete in D1 and eight teams compete in D2. The Elite Division will be a combination of D1 Elite and NIRA, while D1 and D2 competitions will be made of teams within the respective divisions.

On the men's side D1A will be fielding their first 7s national championship, with a total of 16 teams competing for the inaugural title. As a result of the emergence of a D1A competition, D1AA will now have its own tier with 12 teams in contention. The D2 structure will remain unchanged with 12 teams fighting for the crown.

The weekend kicks off with men's pool games Friday May 24, and the championship rounds played on Saturday May 25. Women's fixtures begin May 25, with their championships hosted on Sunday May 26.

Application for sanctioning as an automatic qualifying tournament is currently open and tournaments can apply here.Deadline for applications is April 5.  The Men's and Women's Divisional Competition Committees will determine which conference or regional tournaments will be automatic qualifiers.

Live coverage hasn't been confirmed but expect the tournament to be broadcast on www.florugby.com.

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