Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Quick Recap of Stars News and What's To Come!

After spending the last two nights up until 6am and 4am respectively watching Tokyo 7s (and live tweeting and interacting with rugby fans around the world as well as some of the players and the France, Fiji and Aussie 7s handles) writing this post at 11:35pm feels relatively early.

It was a quiet weekend in terms of actual Stars activity; all the late night viewing drastically threw off business operations and the normal writing schedule. The major US news lies in the performance of our men's 7s side outshining the 15s team's Rugby World Cup Qualifying match in Uruguay. Two major women's tournaments took place in Nashville and Washington DC but this writer was at neither due to a league match that ended up cancelled but it was too late to rejigger travel plans.

We did have our player nominations deadline pass and will now spend the next 2 weeks reviewing submissions. Thanks to all the coaches and players interested in our program!

The biggest news to share is that we have selected Stampede 7s in Calgary as our July tournament! We will be headed to Canada over the 4th of July weekend. Competition in years past has included the likes of the Dog River Howlers, Team Gold, The Druids, Wildrose, Aptoella, The Rock, The Cayman Islands, Mexico, Team Average, and more. All told Stampede 7s features 11 divisions of rugby between men's and women's premier, competitive, social, youth levels, and Old Boys with 6 pitches full of action.

Also coming up - catching up with some of our players and their latest international 7s adventures, a peek at Hong Kong 7s pools for men and the field for the women's tournament (did you know they have one this year?!?), observations from Tokyo 7s, general rugby news in the US, photo essays from  the last few weeks of players' adventures, and a new drive for sponsors. At some point in the next month we'll get to that project of reviewing all the women's Women's Sevens World Series games from this series so far, too!

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