Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CWU, Four Others Round Out Collegiate Fall Rugby Classic

Press Release

United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today announced that the University of Arizona, Central Washington, San Diego State, Cal Poly, and UC Davis will round out the field for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Fall Rugby Classic, which will be part of Silicon Valley International 7’s rugby weekend at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th. The college field will serve as a great compliment to the elite international matchups which will be featured throughout the weekend.

 “We are proud to be able to have a great mix of national powers and rising programs in this first year event,” said Tournament Director Jon Hinkin. “The schools participating represent some of the best rugby playing institutions not just in the state but across the country, and fans will be treated to seeing some of the games rising athletes alongside the international stars who are part of Silicon Valley 7’s.”

Founded in the fall of 1969, the University of Arizona Rugby program has been one of the more productive in the United States in both Fifteens and Sevens, and has produced numerous All-Americans and US Eagles in both forms of the game. As a current member of the PAC conference and a D1A independent, Arizona has the best of both worlds in competing against its traditional PAC-12 peers while also striving for a national championship. Arizona has been one of the most successful teams in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship history, reaching the final four three times, including the final in 2012.

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Central Washington Rugby operated as a university club sport from 1972 until 2013; the university announced in early 2014 that CWU Rugby would be a varsity sport within the CWU Department of Athletics. Of the variety of sports offered by Central, the men's rugby union team has been particularly successful.

In rugby sevens, The Wildcats won the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational to qualify for the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship, finishing fourth. Central Washington won the 2012 Northwest 7s tournament to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships and also played in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, reaching the semifinals. They are one of a growing number of colleges to field a squad fully funded by the athletic department.

SDSU Aztec Rugby was founded in 1958 and their winning tradition has continued and flourished to include numerous conference titles as well as the Collegiate National Championship in 1987, while winning eight conference championships (2 co-championships) in the past two decades.

Cal Davis is one of the west’s fastest rising clubs, entering D1A this season for the first time. Cal Poly Pomona has a history with the sport that dates back to 1991 and hey have steadily built a reputation as one of the most proficient and engaging programs in the state.

They join The University of Southern California, Stanford University and Santa Clara University who were the first three schools admitted into the field.

The international field for the weekend will mark the first time that squads from the Island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, will be in the same event since the 2007 USA Sevens. It is also the first time the Irish National Sevens squad will play in the United States and will be the last international tune-up for rising nations Canada and the United States, as well as traditional powers like New Zealand, Japan and Australia, as they ready for the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series. The Silicon Valley International 7’s will also mark the first time the Chinese National team will appear in the United States. England and Chile will round out the field.

In addition to 34 international men's matches, and  20 collegiate matches, an international cultural festival, along with an Island concert series will be held to celebrate the weekend.

Silicon Valley International 7s adds another international tournament to United World Sports' growing portfolio that includes the annual USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas, which is the largest professional rugby event in North America and the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, the premier collegiate Rugby 7s championship.

Avaya Stadium, which opened in February 2015, has a capacity of approximately 18,000 and is the home field for Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes.  United World Sports has also partnered with the City of San Jose, the San Jose Sports Authority and the Fairmont Hotel, which will serve as the official partner and team hotel.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or SevensRugby.com or call Avaya Stadium at 408-556-7700.

1 comment:

  1. That's great but will these games be broadcasted any where ?