|No. of teams||24|
|Arkansas State (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Arkansas State (2 titles)|
The USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships is an annual competition among the top college rugby teams in the country to decide a national champion in rugby sevens. USA Rugby organized the championship to capitalize on the surge in popularity of rugby sevens following the 2009 announcement of the addition of rugby to the Summer Olympics. USA Rugby recognized that rugby sevens is growing in popularity, participation and interest. This tournament is a major contributor to the selection process for USA Rugby Olympic athletes.
College rugby continues to grow in popularity, and rugby is one of the fastest growing sports across college campuses. The 2009 announcement that rugby sevens would be added to the 2016 Summer Olympics has led to an increased emphasis in the collegiate ranks on the sevens game.
USA Rugby announced in September 2011 the creation of a new sevens tournament. The launch by USA Rugby had a few hiccups. USA Rugby did not officially announce the December 16-17 2011 tournament and its dates until September 2011, and at that time USA Rugby had still not determined the location. Those mid-December dates were in the middle of exams for some schools. The ultimately chosen location, the College Station, Texas, was not announced until November. College Station lacks direct flight to many major cities, and this problem was compounded by the decision to hold the tournament over a Friday and Saturday, requiring students to miss both a Thursday and Friday. For these reasons, many colleges that qualified or were invited to the tournament -- such as Penn State, UCLA, Utah, BYU, Boston College, Navy, LSU, Iowa, Dartmouth, Delaware, and Bowling Green -- declined to participate, nor did Cal participate.
The inaugural 2011 tournament was contested by 24 teams that qualified based on performance in qualifying tournaments throughout the fall of 2011. The 2011 tournament was won by Life University, defeating Central Washington 22-17 in overtime. Tim Stanfill of Central Washington was the tournament MVP, and Derek Patrick of Miami was the tournament's leading try scorer.
The 2012 tournament was more organized, with only one team - UCLA - declining to participate in the tournament. The 2012 tournament also saw increased airtime, with the entire tournament available live via webstream and some of the knockout rounds broadcast on ESPN3.
For the 2013 tournament, three teams -- Cal, BYU, and UCLA -- won bids but declined to participate.
The 2015 tournament was held in May -- unlike previous tournaments which had been held in December. The tournament took place in Denver over the weekend of May 23-24, less than one week before the 2015 Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia. Once again, several top teams did not play: BYU, California, Life University, and UCLA.
The men's tournament features 24 teams, divided into 6 pools of 4 teams each. Eight teams qualify for the quarterfinals - the winners from each of the 6 groups, plus the two best second-placed teams from among the 6 pools.
|Year||Location||Champion||Score||Runner Up||Third||Fourth||Other Quarterfinalists|
|2011||College Station, TX||Life University||22-17||Central Washington||Arkansas State||Kutztown||Saint Mary's, Colorado, |
Tennessee, Cal Poly
|2012||College Station, TX||Arkansas State||21-7||Life University||Delaware||Saint Mary's||Navy, Central Washington, |
Texas A&M, Kutztown
|2013||Greensboro, NC||Arkansas State||32-12||Saint Mary's||Dartmouth,
|Life University (5th), Davenport (6th), |
Air Force, Lindenwood
|2014||moved from fall 2014 to spring 2015|
|2015||Denver, CO||Lindenwood||28-10||Davenport||Central Washington||Utah||Saint Mary's (5th), Arizona St. (6th), |
American International College, San Diego State University
Note: There was no distinction between 3rd and 4th places in 2013.
|Year||Tournament MVP||Leading Try Scorer|
|2011||Tim Stanfill (Central Washington)||Derek Patrick (Miami, Ohio) (8)|
|2012||Zac Mizell (Arkansas State)|
|2013||Dylan Carrion (Arkansas State)||Matthew Beeman (Miami, Ohio) (7)|
|2014||moved from fall 2014 to spring 2015|
|2015||Mickey Batemen (Lindenwood)|
The following rugby sevens tournaments, played throughout the fall season preceding the national championships, serve as the qualifying events for the national championships. The winner of each qualifying tournament earns an automatic berth in the national championships. The rest of the places in the national championships are awarded to at large bids chosen by a selection panel.
|Allied 7s||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Oklahoma|
|Atlantic Coast 7s||N.C. State||Virginia Tech||Navy|
|Battle in the Bay 7s||*||*||St. Mary's|
|Big 10 7s||Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|California 7s||St. Mary's||San Diego State||Cal Poly|
|East Coast 7s||Boston College||Northeastern|
|Heart of America 7s||*||Lindenwood||Arkansas|
|Ivy Rugby 7s||Dartmouth||Dartmouth||Dartmouth|
|Midwest 7s||Miami, Ohio||*|
|Northwest 7s||Central Washington||Central Washington||Central Washington|
|Pacific Western 7s||*||*||San Jose St.|
|South Independent 7s||Life University||Life University||Arkansas St.|
|Southeastern 7s||Tennessee||Texas A&M||Auburn|
|Cougar Invitational||Brigham Young||Air Force||Air Force|