Field set for 2019 Club 7s Nationals as Qualifiers close

Following qualifications, 32 teams book their ticket to Kansas City.

The field of the 2019 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship is set as 32 teams will gather in at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo. on August 10th and 11th. The final spots were earned this past weekend and now each team has two weeks to prepare for the show. Club 7s Nationals will be available LIVE on FloRugby.

Tournament seeding will be announced in the coming days.


For a look on how each side qualified to Nationals, here is a breakdown of each competitive region:

With Schuylkill River earning its automatic bid at the Eastern Open, the Mid-Atlantic added a second representative as the National Athletic Village (NAV) Sevens Selects won two of the three MAC qualifiers this summer. After wins at the Blue Ball and NOVA 7s, NAV will be making its first appearance at Nationals in August.

On the women’s side, the 2018 runner-up, Scion Rugby Academy, returns to Nationals as the #1 seed in the Mid-Atlantic. Joining the Sirens to Kansas City is Northern Virginia (NOVA) and the D.C. Furies as the second and third seeds. Scion is ready to take home the hardware but don’t discount the Furies who won the Bowl last season.

All four bids in the Atlantic North were decided at the Saratoga 7s in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Old Blue of New York captured the men’s #1 seed by winning three of the four qualifiers, including Saturday’s final over #2 seed Mystic River, 19-14. New York Rugby Club dominated the women’s circuit this summer to earn the #1 seed and Boston came in a close second to grab the its spot at Nationals.

Representing the South, Atlanta Old White, the Atlanta Harlequins, and Phoenix 7s have all booked their tickets to Kansas City. The Old White won each qualifier and will return to Nationals after losing in the Shield final last year. The Atlanta Harlequins and Phoenix 7s battled all summer long meeting twice in qualifier finals. The Harlequins won both matchups to earn the #1 seed for the South and Phoenix advances as the #2 seed.


At the Midwest 7s Championships at the Cin City 7s, the Chicago Lions earned a complete sweep sending both their men’s and women’s sides to Nationals. In the finals, the men defeated Milwaukee, 33-7, while the women took out Chicago North Shore, 28-5. With its second place finish, Milwaukee RFC will also be going to Kansas City as the Midwest #2 for a shot at the crown.

Out west, Life West earned an automatic bid to Nationals by winning the Western Open in early July. Five more spots were decided on Saturday at the Pacific North Championship in San Francisco, Ca. The men’s bracket included two clubs from the Pacific Northwest (the Washington Athletic Club and the Westside Ronin) and four squads from NorCal (the Sacramento Capitals, Olympic Club, and the two sides from Life West). In the end, the Westside Ronin defeated Life West, 24-19, for the title and top seed. Since Life West already qualified, the second ticket went to the WAC, who defeated Sacramento in the third place match.

In the women’s tournament at Treasure Island, Washington Athletic Club, Oregon Sports Rugby Union, Life West, Berkeley All Blues, and San Francisco Golden Gate clashed for the three bids to Kansas City. After the round robin was complete, the top two sides contended for the #1 seed while the third and fourth squads brawled for the all-important final bid. In the end, All Blues needed overtime to edge Life West, 22-14, for the Pacific North Championship and the WAC blanked ORSU, 19-0, in the third place match.

In the Pacific South, the San Diego Surfers return to Nationals to defend their championship after sweeping the regional qualifiers this summer. Joining the Surfers is the Santa Barbara Academy, who will make its first appearance.

For the men, the one of the deepest teams in club 7s, Belmont Shore, is sending two sides to Nationals. At the Sunsplash 7s, Belmont Gold beat out its Blue counterparts for the title and the Pacific South #1 seed with its second qualifier victory. Belmont Blue, the club’s first side and last year’s National runner-up, draws the second seed.

Back for another shot at the championship, the American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC) has two sides going to Nationals from the Red River. ARPTC is a team on a mission after falling in the Bronze match last year. The Little Rock, Ark. academy is ready for a championship run and has the horses to fulfill its goal.

The men’s representative of the Red River boiled down to the final tournament of the summer. New Orleans and the Dallas Reds each won a qualifier this season and with Nationals at stake at the Red River Rampage 7s in Dallas, Texas, both squads had postseason aspirations. The teams met in the cup final and Dallas shut out NOLA, 17-0, for the trophy and the Reds’ third consecutive trip to the championship.

Lastly, in the Frontier, Rocky Mountain Magic locked up the women’s spot while the final spot for the men was up for grabs on Saturday at the Pioneer 7s in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the Park City Haggis and the Denver Barbarians having already secured two of the men’s bids, the last bid went to the Kansas City Blues who won the Utah Qualifier over Park City, 21-19.