VICTORIA - On March 1st and 2nd, 2013, the Rugby Canada National Invitational University Sevens Championship will take place in City Centre Park’s Westhills Stadium at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford, British Columbia.
The Invitational features Canada’s best and brightest rising Sevens stars competing at an elite College or University level. Entry into the National Invitational University Sevens Championship is open to all Canadian College and University rugby teams and clubs, competing in men's and women’s divisions.
The men’s division consists of fifteen competitive teams: Humber College, McMaster University, Mount Royal University, Queens’ University, The Royal Military College of Canada, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, UBC Okanagan, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario and two teams from the University of Victoria.
The women’s division consists of ten competitive teams: Humber College, McMaster University, University of Alberta, UBC, UBC Okanagan, University of Calgary, University of Guelph, University of Regina, University of Victoria and the University of Western Ontario.
This is the third year Rugby Canada has held this exciting tournament. The inaugural event took place in March of 2011 at the University of British Columbia, where the University of Victoria Men defeated Western 34-17 to claim the first Invitational championship. Last year, the event moved to the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence, where the University of Western Ontario Men’s side triumphed over UBC in the Cup Final. The University of Victoria defeated McMaster University in the consolation game. The University of Guelph won the inaugural women’s tournament last year and return this year looking to defend their title.
This year’s National Invitational University Sevens Championship provides an ideal platform for National Sevens selection and talent assessment, drawing top University Sevens players from around the country. The event features exciting rugby action and strong community atmosphere. Rugby Canada encourages fans and spectators to attend the event and enjoy outstanding competitive Sevens play.
On both match days, as well as on Sunday, March 3rd, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, the Rugby Canada Store will be holding a major warehouse clearance sale on selected kit items at the Centre of Excellence. Featured sale items include: kit bags, rugby balls, hats, jerseys, training tops and jackets. Featured items are marked up to 70% off retail prices.
Rugby Canada is seeking volunteers to help support this outstanding event. For more information on volunteering during the tournament, please visit www.events.rugbycanada.ca.
The entire tournament will be streamed live online. Viewer cost to tune into the broadcast is $3.99. A live audio stream featuring event commentary is available free of charge. To access event streaming, visit www.rugbycanada.tv.
The site will be activated in the days leading up to the tournament.
Rugby Sevens is now an Olympic Sport with the potential to generate Canadian medals. Events like the Rugby Canada National Invitational University Sevens Championship are vital to Canada’s Sevens development.