USA Rugby Club 7s (USARC7)

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USA Rugby Club 7s
Sport Rugby sevens
Instituted 1985 (Men); 2010 (Women)
Inaugural season 1985 (Men); 2011 (Women)
Number of teams 32 (16 Men's; 16 Women's)
Country United States (USA Rugby)
Champions Vail Bulldogs (Men); San Diego Surfers (Women) (2018)
Most titles Seattle Saracens (8)
Website USA Rugby Club 7s

The USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship is the top annual American rugby sevens competition organized by USA Rugby. It involves the best sixteen men's and women's clubs (32 clubs total) in the United States.

First played in November 1985, the tournament moved to the summer in 1986 and has been a fixture of the summer rugby season in the United States ever since. After a few years of informal women's invitationals, a formal women's competition was added to the event in 2011. The event is streamed online annually, typically on YouTube or The Rugby Channel.

Results — Men[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner Up Tournament MVP Location Ref
1985 Old Mission Beach Athletic 26-12 Duck Brothers Rugby Tucson, AZ
1986 Quad City Irish 25-10 Denver Barbarians Milwaukee, WI
1987 Duck Brothers Rugby 18-10 Denver Barbarians Milwaukee, WI
1988 Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby 19-6 Denver Barbarians Milwaukee, WI
1989 Maryland Old Boys 26-12 Northern Virginia Rugby Vinny Granger Alexandria, VA
1990 Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby 18-10 Northern Virginia Rugby Alexandria, VA
1991 Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby 26-6 Northern Virginia Rugby Alexandria, VA
1992 Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby 15-6 Old Blues Rugby (CA) Alexandria, VA
1993 Old Blue of New York 40-22 Kansas City Blues Hartford, CT
1994 Old Blues Rugby (CA) 31-0 Maryland Exiles Palo Alto, CA
1995 Old Mission Beach Athletic 35-19 Northern Virginia Rugby Philadelphia, PA
1996 Northern Virginia Rugby 26-21 Old Mission Beach Athletic Prince Hill Philadelphia, PA
1997 San Mateo Rugby 57-7 Fresno Rugby Philadelphia, PA
1998 San Mateo Rugby 29-7 Tempe Old Devils Philadelphia, PA
1999 Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby 26-19 Northern Virginia Rugby Philadelphia, PA
2000 Old Mission Beach Athletic 27-17 Sacramento Capitals [DQ] Philadelphia, PA
2001 Old Mission Beach Athletic 17-7 Denver Barbarians Philadelphia, PA
2002 Old Mission Beach Athletic 54-0 Maryland Exiles Philadelphia, PA
2003 Riverside Rugby 22-21 Olympic Club Rugby Luke Waikamakawa & Nelo Lui (co-MVPs) Pittsburgh, PA
2004 Riverside Rugby 38-19 Denver Barbarians Park City, UT
2005 Old Blue of New York 31-17 Old Mission Beach Athletic Sean Horan Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Old Mission Beach Athletic 29-14 Old Blue of New York Bellingham, WA
2007 Chicago Lions 35-21 Old Mission Beach Athletic Bellingham, WA [1]
2008 Gentlemen of Aspen 26-24 Belmont Shore Rugby Mike Palefau San Francisco, CA [2]
2009 Belmont Shore Rugby 34-15 Gentlemen of Aspen Peter Sio San Francisco, CA [3]
2010 Seattle-OPSB Rugby 26-17 Belmont Shore Rugby Filimoni Botitu San Francisco, CA [4]
2011 Belmont Shore Rugby 37-14 Schuylkill River Exiles Shalom Suniula San Francisco, CA [5]
2012 Belmont Shore Rugby 26–12 Chicago Lions Mike Te'o San Francisco, CA [6]
2013 Seattle-OPSB Rugby 26–5 Denver Barbarians Miles Craigwell Pittsburgh, PA [7]
2014 Seattle-OPSB Rugby 29–26 Old Blue of New York Mike Palefau Seattle, WA [8]
2015 Seattle Saracens 31–10 Denver Barbarians Ata Malifa (Denver) Des Moines, IA [9]
2016 Rugby Utah Selects 48-12 Kansas City Blues Don Pati Denver, CO
2017 Rugby Utah Selects 22-21 Denver Barbarians Don Pati Minneapolis, MN
2018 Vail Bulldogs 19-7 Belmont Shore Rugby New York, NY

Results — Women[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner Up Tournament MVP Location Ref
2011 Berkeley All Blues 36-0 Boston Belles Kelly Griffin San Francisco, CA [10]
2012 San Diego Surfers 33-12 Seattle Breakers Emilie Bydwell San Francisco, CA [11]
2013 Berkeley All Blues 22-5 Northern Virginia Rugby Irene Gardner Pittsburgh, PA [12]
2014 San Diego Surfers 45-0 Old Blue of New York Nia Williams Seattle, WA [13]
2015 American Rugby Pro Training Center 21-17 Seattle Saracens Jess Wooden Des Moines, IA [14]
2016 Scion Sirens 38-0 Old Blue of New York Denver, CO
2017 Seattle Atavus 26-14 San Diego Surfers Megan Sanders Minneapolis, MN
2018 San Diego Surfers 19-12 Scion Sirens New York, NY

Performance by club[edit]

Men[edit]

Updated to include results for 2017:

Club Winners Winning Years
Seattle Saracens (includes Seattle-OPSB and OPSB*) 8 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Old Mission Beach Athletic 6 1985, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002
Belmont Shore Rugby 3 2009, 2011, 2012
Old Blue of New York 2 1993, 2005
Riverside Rugby 2 2003, 2004
Rugby Utah Selects 2 2016, 2017
San Mateo Rugby 2 1997, 1998
Chicago Lions 1 2007
Duck Brothers Rugby 1 1987
Gentlemen of Aspen 1 2008
Maryland Old Boys 1 1989
Northern Virginia Rugby 1 1996
Old Blues Rugby (CA) 1 1994
Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby 1 1999
Quad City Irish 1 1986
Vail Bulldogs 1 2018

Women[edit]

Updated to include results for 2017:

Club Winners Winning Years
San Diego Surfers 3 2012, 2014, 2018
Berkeley All Blues 2 2011, 2013
American Rugby Pro Training Center 1 2015
Seattle Atavus 1 2017
Scion Sirens 1 2016

Records[edit]

Men's Records[edit]

  • Most Cup Championships: 8, by the Seattle Saracens (history includes results as OPSB Rugby and Seattle-OPSB Rugby)
  • Most Cup Finals: 9, by Old Mission Beach Athletic
  • Highest Medal Count: 13, by the Denver Barbarians (0 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze)
  • Most Cup Semi-Finals: 15, by the Denver Barbarians
  • Most Cup Quarter-Finals: 22, by the Denver Barbarians
  • Best Winning Percentage (Minimum 30 games played): 72.94%, by the Seattle Saracens (history includes results as OPSB Rugby and Seattle-OPSB Rugby)
  • Most Matches Won: 83, by the Denver Barbarians
  • Most Appearances: 23, by the Denver Barbarians
  • Most Consecutive Appearances: 15, by the Denver Barbarians (2001-2015)

Women's Records[edit]

  • Most Cup Championships: 2, by the Berkeley All Blues and San Diego Surfers
  • Most Cup Finals: 3, by the San Diego Surfers and Seattle Atavus (history includes results as Seattle Breakers and Saracens)
  • Highest Medal Count: 5, by the San Diego Surfers (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Most Cup Semi-Finals: 5, by the San Diego Surfers
  • Most Cup Quarter-Finals: 7, by the San Diego Surfers and Northern Virginia Rugby
  • Most Matches Won: 33, by the San Diego Surfers
  • Most Appearances (Overall and Consecutive): 7, by Northern Virginia Rugby and the San Diego Surfers

Event Records[edit]

  • Highest Attendance: 6,000 (2014 Club 7s)
  • Largest margin of victory in a Cup Final: 54, by Old Mission Beach Athletic (54-0; 2002 Club 7s)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 12, 2007
  2. ^ "2008 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "2009 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "2010 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "2011 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Belmont Shore Repeats 7s Title", USA Rugby, August 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Seattle-OPSB Win Club 7's National Championship", This Is American Rugby, August 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Seattle repeats as Club 7s Champion", USA Rugby, August 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Club 7s trophy to stay in Seattle for third year", USA Rugby, August 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "2011 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Results", USA Club 7s, August 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "Belmont Shore Repeats 7s Title", USA Rugby, August 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Seattle-OPSB Win Club 7's National Championship", This Is American Rugby, August 11, 2013.
  13. ^ "Seattle repeats as Club 7s Champion", USA Rugby, August 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Club 7s trophy to stay in Seattle for third year", USA Rugby, August 9, 2015.