World-class rugby 7s.
Entering its sixth year of competition, the RugbyTown Sevens tournament features competitors from around the globe, in addition to representative teams from all five branches of the U.S. military. An exciting addition to this year’s competition is the Viti Barbarians team, made up of members of the 2016 Olympic gold medal winning Fijian National Team, who are making their first appearance at the Glendale tournament. And Glendale residents aren’t the only ones excited about the appearance: “My goal for RugbyTown Sevens is to have it be the biggest sevens tournament in the world,” said longtime RT7s tournament partner and Fijian rugby legend Waisale Serevi. “Who knew when Fiji won the gold medal in the Olympics that they would be in Glendale in the next year – the world will be looking this way when the Viti Barbarians arrive.”
Destination RugbyTown USA.
That Glendale’s RugbyTown 7s is attracting increasingly tough international competition is no surprise, but it is an endorsement of the city’s position as the epicenter of American rugby. A forthcoming professional league, and the city’s continued commitment to providing a pathway for players and coaches to the pros have piqued further interest from participants and fans alike. Teams from the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, and Fiji will all take the pitch in August. Tournament pool play on Friday, additional pool and knockout play on Saturday, and semi‐finals and championship matches on Sunday add to the anticipation and the festival atmosphere. As in years past, adding to that atmosphere is Glendale’s annual beer festival, hosted by Infinity Park on Saturday, August 26th. Twenty breweries will showcase top brews, along with distilleries and some hard ciders. Beer and rugby – better together!
This August, the RugbyTown Sevens Tournament will once again show the world that Glendale, Colorado is home to world‐class rugby.
Photos by Justin Purdy and Travis Prior