November 3, 2012
After a 7’s season that began at the CRC qualifier in Las Vegas in February, WWU must now wait word from USA Rugby to see if they will be given an “at-large” invitation to the USA National Collegiate 7’s Tournament, which will be held this year at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas, November 30 and December 1, 2012.
After last year’s USA National Collegiate 7’s Tournament, where the Vikings finished tied for 13th, the 7’s team, and Coaches Adam Roberts and Colin Campbell, got together with the WWU Men’s Rugby Club and put together the plan that would lead to the organization that is WWU Men’s Rugby today.
One of the goals listed as part of that plan was to further develop the 7’s team with an eye to getting back to the Nationals to improve on the frustrating “tied for 13th” finish.
Western set about that ambitious goal know they’d more than likely have to catch and pass Central Washington’s 7’s program and the automatic invitation to the National tournament that goes with winning the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) title at their tournament in October.
After playing in six other 7’s tournaments over the spring, summer, and fall the Vikings felt like they were ready for Central at the NCRCs, but then stumbled in the final against the Wildcats, losing 46 -14.
But because Western have been so dominate in the NCRC 7’s tournaments, and their outstanding record over the summer 7’s season, the Vikings were issued an invitation to complete and application for an “at-large” bid to the National tournament.
There will be twenty-four teams invited to the National Collegiate 7’s Tournament with fifteen invitations coming via the automatic invite that comes with winning one of the regional tournaments, like the NCRC’s nationals invitation that went to Central on October 20th.
That leaves nine “at-large” invitations to give out.
Western completed their application this past week and sent it off to USA Rugby and are now awaiting word as to whether they will be included in the field.
We’ll keep you posted…