2022 USA Rugby Club National 7s Championship
August 13, 2022
2022 USA RUGBY WOMEN’S & MEN’S CLUB 7s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS LANDS IN ST. LOUIS, MO
Some of the best and brightest stars of rugby are displayed at this event, representing all the USA has to offer. Current, former and future National Players have the ability to show their skills to National & International coaching scouts.
The USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship is the premier domestic sevens tournament, and has been the launching point for many Eagles and Olympians to get on the national radar, including Perry Baker, Maka Unufe, Ben Pinkelman, Kelly Griffin, Kathryn Johnson, Jessica Javelet, and Taku ‘Zee’ Ngwenya. A majority of the Olympians who went to Rio 2016 have also played at the Club 7s National Championships – including a handful who’ve made 5+ appearances.
The Club 7s National Champions is the pinnacle of domestic Rugby Sevens competition in the United States and features 32 (SEE BELOW COMPETITION POOLS) of the best men’s and women’s sevens teams from across the country in two days of competition for the right to put their name on the Emil Signes Cup.
The MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute is central Missouri’s largest freestanding orthopaedic center, as well as the region’s most comprehensive orthopaedic surgery center. The Institute’s expert orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, therapy and rehabilitation staff and other health professionals offer patients a full range of care in a convenient single location. Missouri Orthopaedic Institute has approximately 400 staff members and more than 30 physicians who specialize in sports medicine, pediatrics, orthopaedic oncology, general orthopaedics, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, spine and trauma care. The institute provides inpatient surgeries, outpatient procedures, and a full-service therapy clinic. Come see the expert orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, therapy and rehabilitation staff, and other health professionals and experience the quality care offered by Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and MU Health Care for yourself.
Dr. Gross specializes in sports medicine, particularly ailments and injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. He is also proud to be a minority physician, and is involved in many minority mentorship programs, including Youth Life Line. He is the Team Physician for Lindberegh High School and the St. Louis Bombers Rugby Football Club, in addition to being the Team Orthopedist for the Saint Louis Cardinals. Prior to becoming a world-class physician, and named as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2007, Dr. Gross was an incredible athlete. He was named the 1986 MVP of Cornell Football, played for the USA Rugby East Sevens All Star Team from 1991-1992, and played in the USA Rugby National Club 7’s Championships from 1993-1998. His background as an athlete allows him to truly understand the conditions he treats, and provide the best care possible for his patients.
Dr. Mahesh Bagwe is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in ailments and injuries to the knee, ankle, and foot and is fellowship trained in all surgical techniques of the foot and ankle. Dr. Bagwe is a former team physician and consultant for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played Rugby for both the St.Louis Ramblers and the Lincoln Park Rugby and is an active board member of the St. Louis Sports Commission. His participation in high-level athletics, both college and beyond, gives him the advantage when treating his patients to understand the mechanism of the injuries he treats. Dr. Bagwe serves the St. Louis area through his practice at The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis and enjoys providing the best possible care to this community.
USA National Club 7s is a division for men and women, where qualifying teams play in qualifying tournaments across the USA, to ultimately compete for the Club 7s National Championships.
HOW TO QUALIFY
There are 8 different Rugby 7s Regions and each region has anywhere from 3-5 tournaments a year. Competing teams from each region, gather points based upon how they place in the qualifying tournaments. A total of 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams make the National Championships.
In most regions, the top 2 teams with the most points at the end of the qualifying tournaments, move on to the National Championships. However, in certain regions, top teams qualify to play a Championship tournament for that specific region, wherein the top 2 teams move on to the National Championships.
The Regions are as followed:
ST. LOUIS, MO (August 13, 2022) – The USA Rugby Club Council and tournament organizers have confirmed the qualified teams and match schedule for the 2022 USA Club Rugby National 7s Championship to be held at Emerson Central Fields in the heart of St. Louis, MO. Following a major renovation in 2019, the multi-pitch venue is primed to host a quality few days of rugby sevens as the annual Senior Club event kicks off, August 13-14. The full tournament is free admission for those attending in St. Louis and will be streaming live for free on The Rugby Network.
The Men’s and Women’s Signes Cup will fill the match schedule this year, with 2021 Women’s Champions Scion Rugby and Men’s Champions Chicago Lions returning to the field as two of 32 teams slated to compete; 16 to the Women’s bracket, and 16 to the Men’s bracket.
Senior Club Championships have been part of the USA Rugby National Championship Series, and are now organized by the Senior Club Council. Information on upcoming championships will be communicated when available on USA Rugby Club Championships.