Buffs to host rugby tournament for three schools

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the CU men’s rugby team will host a three-school rugby sevens tournament at the fields outside of the Leeds School of Business. The University of Wyoming, the University of Northern Colorado and the Buffs will all enter multiple teams into the tournament.

The first games are set for 9 a.m., and the tournament should end around 5 p.m. Rugby sevens games are only 14 minutes long, so the tournament will consist of many short match-ups.

The CU mens’s rugby team will be hosting a three-school rugby sevens tournament on Saturday. (CU Independent Illustration/Josh Shettler)

This tournament will be a good warm-up for teams to find out where they stand before playing in the Pac-12 Conference qualifier next month. All three schools will enter multiple teams in order to see who their best players are moving forward. The qualifier, held at the University of California, Los Angeles, will decide which schools can send teams to the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships at the end of November.

Rugby sevens will be in the Olympics in 2016, and most of the Olympic team will be made up of current college players. Thus, the national championships, held at Texas A&M University, may include a strong showing of future Olympians.

Saturday at CU will be a big day in the world of college rugby as well as national rugby. This is a major tournament before the Buffs go to Southern California to try to qualify for the national championship.

Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Scott Annis at Robert.annis@colorado.edu. 

Scott Annis

Scott is a Senior at CU majoring in Creative Writing. He grew up in Thornton, CO but spent time living in the Bay Area and North Carolina. Scott spends most of his time focused on sports. When he isn't writing about them or watching them he plays on the CU Rugby team. Follow Scott on Twitter @SportsbyScott. Scott also writes for throughthefencebaseball.com.

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