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Army 7s earn hard-won championship in Denver rugby tournament 
By Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jecca Geffre, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 

GLENDALE, Colo. – Rugby supporters were treated to a top-notch international performance Aug. 17-18 at the U.S. Armed Forces Rugby 7s Championship was held at Infinity Park.

On the cusp of Denver city limits under Colorado blue skies and scorching summer heat, the tournament was played in aggregation with the inaugural Serevi Rugbytown Sevens International Defense 7s tournament, providing a delightful experience for fans of world-class rugby.

The U.S. armed forces were represented by Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy teams who participated in pool matches Aug. 16 before facing off for the title the following evening.

An exhilarating match ensued between Army and Air Force with a 19-14 result. The Marines defeated the Navy 19-10 to place third.

The tournament continued with teams – both local and national – consisting of USA Falcons, Serevi Selects, Northeast Rugby Union, Royal Air Force, USA All-Americans, Glendale Raptors, Negro y Azul, Bermuda, French Armed Forces, Tiger Rugby, Cayman Islands and Mexico.

This was the second annual Serevi Rugbytown Sevens international men’s club 7s tournament held in Glendale, Colo.; its founder is a global star of rugby Waisale Serevi-the third highest scorer in international rugby history. 

Serevi said he appreciates the community’s support of the game and makes a good stage for a top-flight tournament that is fan-friendly.

The sport of rugby is approximately a hundred years older than American football, which owes its beginnings to the game invented in England in 1823. Made up of primarily two forms: rugby league with two opposing teams consisting of 13 players; and rugby union, in which the teams consist of 15 players each. Both factions also participate in 7s, with each team having only seven players and shorter time period making for an extremely fast-moving game.

8/18/2013