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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Life Hosting Women Eagles 7s

Press Release

As the premier rugby program in the southeast, Life University’s facilities provide the ideal location for the U.S. Women’s National Rugby 7s team to prepare for their next competition that will take place in Atlanta.

The HSBC World Series is a twelve-nation, six-continent series of rugby 7s tournaments that take place across the globe throughout the year. The next event will take place in Atlanta at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus Kennesaw State University April 8-9. The U.S. Women’s team will be training this week at the Life U Rugby Complex.

Life University’s rugby complex is one of four regional Olympic Development Academies (ODAs) designated by USA Rugby in 2014 to identify and train rugby players for inclusion in the pool of players from which the U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s rugby teams will be selected. Rugby, the second most popular sport in the world behind only soccer, is returning as an Olympic sport this year for the first time since 1924.

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Rugby 7s is a modified version of the traditional 15 a side format that is played in the Rugby World Cup. Rugby 7s games feature only seven players on the field for each team, and the games are shorter in length, faster-paced, more dynamic and exciting, and high scoring. This is the format that will be played in the Olympics in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The majority of the women practicing this week at Life U will be on the team that represents Team USA this summer. One Life U player, Nicole Strasko, has been invited to train all week with the U.S. team with a chance to be added to the player pool for upcoming events. Additionally, the rest of the Life U women’s rugby team will get the rare privilege to learn by watching U.S. National team train while they are on campus.

“We've been so lucky the past two years to welcome the U.S. Women's 7s National team and are excited to do it for a third,” said Life U Women’s Head Coach Rosalind Chou. “The team has been so generous with their time and our women are so lucky to have exposure to some of the best women's rugby players in the world! It's such a treat to see the coaches and players in action and get a chance to support our national team in any way that we can. It's a huge honor to host them at Life University and in Atlanta.”

About Life University

Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of health care, science, business and general studies fields, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Council of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

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