American Collegiate Rugby Championship Returns to Virginia Beach April 29-May 1, 2016 | URugby | College Rugby and High School Rugby

American Collegiate Rugby Championship Returns to Virginia Beach April 29-May 1, 2016

Ardmore, PA, March 3, 2016—World-class sevens rugby returns to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex April 29-May 1 with the 2016 URugby Sevens Virginia Beach featuring the American Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens (ACRC7s). 

The annual #ACRC7s event features top collegiate rugby teams from around the country competing in Olympic, sevens-style rugby—the fast-paced, high scoring version of the game that will be played at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 

See current and future stars as the nation’s best young rugby players come to Virginia Beach. This year’s tournament includes the legendary Kutztown University RFC, two time-national sevens runner up with players representing 13 states and four nations; 10-time national semifinalist Penn State; perennial powerhouses St. Bonaventure, the Delaware, St. Joe’s, James Madison and Stony Brook, among many others; and local Tidewater favorites Hampton Heat Elite

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Check the URugby website for updates as more division 1 teams commit to Virginia Beach (last year’s tournament included 20 men’s college teams from as far away as Massachusetts and Ohio).

Full Weekend of Rugby

Matches will be held Friday night under the lights, all day Saturday into Saturday night, with finals to be held on Sunday. The Virginia Beach Sportsplex will be electric with teams, fans, families, local rugby clubs and volunteers. 

Great Facilities, High-Profile Competition

Located a 15-minute drive from the ocean, the Virginia Beach Sportsplex is designed for major sporting events. The Sportsplex is a three-level facility with lights, modern locker rooms, luxury boxes, concessions, a souvenir shop and state-of-the-art turf field.

The event, matches and participating teams will be heavily promoted with live updates on social media, the URugby website and other major sports media. All the action will be lived-streamed worldwide by Next Level Rugby.

Accommodations for Tournament Attendees

There are plenty of great hotels along Virginia Beach’s famous strand. 

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With other events happening in Virginia Beach the weekend of April 29-May 1, we recommend booking early. Lock in your great rate now!

For accommodations details, Contact Joseph Dalton, Jr., Systems and Events Manager at HBC Event Services, at 1.505.346.0522 x 103 or

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For more information on the ACRC7s, including sponsorship opportunities, contact tournament organizer Stephen Siano at 610-389-4474 or Siano is URugby president, organizer of the ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte and founder and long-time producer of Surfside Sevens on the Jersey Shore. He is a former USA Eagles player and recognized authority on the sport of rugby.

About Sevens Rugby

Sevens rugby is played with seven players per side over two seven-minute halves. The game is characterized by fast-paced action as teams attempt to evade tackle and bring the ball downfield to score in the “try zone.” Sevens matches are played every 20 minutes in tournament format. 

Rugby is rapidly gaining popularity and even varsity status at many schools. In 2016, rugby returns to the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1924. The U.S. is the reigning gold medalist in this classic sport. With the USA Eagles men’s and women’s sevens teams qualifying for Rio, interest in the sport in America is expected to climb to unprecedented levels.

About URugby

URugby Virginia Beach, the Kutztown University Sevens, the Ariel Re Bermuda Sevens and the ACRC Bowl Series are managed by URugby, a division of Sevens Sports LLC, a sports event management and marketing company specializing in creating great experiences around the sport of rugby.