Boulder, Colo.– The 40 teams that will take part in the 2012 Emirates Airlines USA Rugby College Sevens National Championship have been determined. In total, 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams will be squaring off Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M University Campus. The weekend will crown USA Rugby’s College 7s National Champions in this second annual tournament.
The men’s and women’s teams will be divided into four pools each, and will include the defending National Champions Life University (Men’s) and Norwich University (Women’s). Men’s and women’s pools will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20, respectively.
This tournament will serve as an opportunity for over 600 student-athletes to showcase their skills for All-American and National Team selectors, who will have an eye on the talent coming through the college ranks.
With the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Olympics, many of the student-athletes who will compete in the tournament will have the opportunity to become Olympians in rugby in 2016.
Live College 7s Schedule | Saturday, December 1, 2012
11:40am – Women’s Cup Semi Final 1
12:00pm – Women’s Cup Semi Final 2
1:00pm – Men’s Cup Semi Final 1
1:20pm – Men’s Cup Semi Final 2
5:30pm – Women’s Cup Final
6:00pm – Men’s Cup Final
These matches will also be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.
Also review Ruck Bottom’s post and their own predictions here!
POOLS & SCHEDULES
Play on Friday will consist of round robin matches between teams in the same pool. No extra time will be played in pool matches. Competition points will be awarded for these matches on the following basis:
Win = 3 points Tie = 2 points Loss = 1 point
Position in the pool standings shall be determined by competition points as set out above. During the Saturday Elimination Matches, in the event of a Match being tied at the end of normal time, extra time will be played until a winner is determined.
The four pool winners and the four pool runners-up with the most competition points will advance to the Cup Quarterfinals and play across pools. The four winners will go on to the Cup Semi-finals; the four losers will go on to the Plate Semi-finals.
The bottom four pool finishers based on competition points will compete in the Bowl Quarterfinals and play across pools.
The duration of matches, other than the Championship Finals, will be seven minutes each half with a two- minute half time interval. The duration of the two finals will be 10 minutes each half with a three-minute half-time interval.