2014 Charlotte 7's Season Review

In 2014 Charlotte RFC made an impressive return to the regional 7's circuit.  After going several years without an organized 7's effort the club determined that it was the right time to harness the positive momentum from their 15's season, and use that as the driving force behind the successful re-launch of their competitive 7's program.  Graciously sponsored by Charlotte Old Boy, Billy De Rosa, owner of SilverDuck Tree Banding LLC, the team accomplished more than it could have hoped for in 2014.
Over the summer the club participated in the following regional tournaments;
"Memorial Day 7's" - Charleston, SC (5/24)
"Airborne 7's" - Fayetteville, NC (5/31)
"Blue Plum 7's - Johnson City, TN (6/7)
"Midnight 7's" - Atlanta, GA (6/14)
"NC Powerade State Games" - Charlotte, NC (6/28)
"Cape Fear 7's" - Wilmington, NC (7/6)
"Beer City 7's" - Asheville, NC (7/19)
On the way to collecting three Cup Championships (NC Powerade State Games, Cape Fear Divisional Title & Beer City 7's) the club amassed an impressive cumulative record of (33-1-7), and achieved the very rare feat of advancing into the Cup Finals at every tournament the entered.
The team's strong performance was rewarded with an invitation to compete at the South Championships being held in New Orleans on the weekend of July 19th.  By finishing in third place at the South Championships, in only their first year back in competitive 7's, the club exceeded all expectations!

2012 National Club 7s Championships Results

Pool A games
Old Aztecs 21-17 Charlotte
Denver Barbarians 28-21 Charlotte
NYAC 24-14 Charlotte

Bowl Quarters
Charlotte 26-17 Olympic Club

Bowl Semis
Daytona Beach 26-22 Charlotte

Maryland Exiles 33-19 Charlotte

2012 Sevens Program (last updated 4/18/2012)

Jacko and Shawn O'Brien will be running the Charlotte 7's program for 2012. More information (Practices, Tournaments, Structure, etc) will be available at the end of April. Right now we are concentrating on finishing the 15's season strong. Once the season is over, we will turn our focus on 7's.

The season will kick off with the inaugural Meck Deck Sevens hosted at the clubhouse. Preliminary 7's practice will look to start around Thursday, May 24th. In the meantime, if you are looking to play 7's and are not actively playing 15's, feel free to start some running on your own - sprints and interval training instead of distance running. 

A list of 2012 7's tournaments as compiled by Rugby Mag can be found here:

Tournament Schedule (confirmed events in Bold):

5/26/2012 - Memorial Day 7s, hosted by Charleston Outlaws, Charleston, SC - 2nd place, lost to Oklahoma University in the final. 

6/2/2012 - 2nd annual Blue Plum 7s, hosted by Johnson City RFC and Clinch River RFC, Johnson City, TN - 1st place, over Western Carolina in the finals. 

6/9/2012 - Midnight Sevens, hosted by Atlanta Renegades, Atlanta, GA - lost to tournament champ Team 1823 in the Semi Finals.

6/16/2012 - Airborne Sevens, hosted by Bragg Rugby, Fayetteville, NC

6/23/2012 - open

6/30/2012 - TaTa 7s, hosted by Columbia Old Grey, Columbia, SC

7/7 & 7/8 2012 - Cape Fear Sevens, hosted by Cape Fear Rugby Club, Wilmington, NC

7/14/2012 - Charity 7's, hosted by Raleigh RFC, Raleigh, NC

7/21/2012 - USA Rugby South Championship, hosted by Daytona Beach RFC, Ormond, FL

7/28/2012 - Belle Chere Sevens, hosted by Asheville Rugby, Asheville, NC

8/4/2012 - National Club Sevens Championships, San Francisco, CA

8/11/2012 - Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

8/18/2012 - National All-Star 7s

About Sevens

Sevens is a fast paced version of Union rugby. Rugby sevens was initially conceived in 1883 by two butchers from Melrose, Scotland, a rural town in the Scottish Borderlands, as a fund-raising event for their local club, the Melrose RFC. The first ever sevens match was played at the Greenyards, the Melrose ground, where it was well received. The Melrose Sevens are still played to this day!

There are several variations of the rules which apply to Rugby Sevens, primarily to speed up the game and to account for the reduced number of players. The main changes can be summarised as follows:

  • Seven players per team on field (instead of 15).
  • Five substitutes, with only three interchanges (instead of 7 and 7).
  • Seven minute halves, though ten minute halves are allowed in the final of a competition (instead of forty minute halves).
  • One minute half-time, two minutes in finals (instead of ten minutes).
  • Matches drawn after regulation are continued into Extra Time, in 5-minute periods.
  • All conversion attempts must be drop-kicked (instead of having the option to place-kick).
  • Conversions must be taken within 40 seconds of scoring a try (instead of 60 seconds).
  • Three player scrums (instead of eight players).
  • Kick-offs: in sevens, the team which has just scored kicks off, rather than the conceding team, as in fifteen-a-side.
  • Yellow cards net a 2-minute suspension (instead of 10 minutes). 


Charlotte Rugby's Sevens Program 2011

Charlotte Rugby's 7s program has a long history of success. Our 2011 tournament results follow: 

June 11, 2011 - Green Vegas 7's, Greenville, SC

June 18, 2011 - Airborne 7's, Fayettville, NC

June 25, 2011 - Carolina Ta-Ta 7's, Columbia, SC

July 2, 2011 - Cape Fear 7's, Wilmington, NC

July 9, 2011 - open

July 16, 2011 - USA Rugby South Qualifier, Atlanta, GA


Sevens in the 2016 Olympics

On October, 9 2009, the IOC Session in Copenhagen voted almost unanimously to add Rugby Sevens to the Sporting program of the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

See the full article from the IRB

 Team USA  - As rugby will not be in the 2012 Olympics, Team USA will not include information on the rugby program until after the 2012 Summer Olympics close. 

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