The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services. 2012 was the first year for All Army Rugby 7s. The team is made up of Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers representing the US Army and the Soldiers who are selected from various duty stations around the world. Army will be the defending Military Champion after winning in 2015.
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It was estimated to be larger than the next 13 largest navies combined in terms of battle fleet tonnage in 2009. It operates 289 ships in active service and more than 3,700 aircraft. The US Navy Men’s 7s team is comprised of active duty and reserve Navy servicemen.
The U.S. Marine Corps is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. It operates posts on land and as well as aboard sea going Amphibious Assault Ships. Created in 1775, the Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 1834, working closely with naval forces for training, transportation, and logistics. The US Marines Men’s 7s team is comprised of active duty and reserve Marines servicemen.
U.S. Air Force
The United States Air Force (USAF) was initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and one of the world’s most technologically advanced air forces. The US Air Force Men’s 7s team is comprised of active duty and reserve Air Force servicemen.
U.S. Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. The US Coast Guard Men’s 7s team is comprised of active duty and reserve Coast Guard servicemen.
The Bermuda 7s Rugby team will be participating for a fourth time at the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament. Recently a Bermuda Select squad made it through to the Plate Final of the Guinness Division at the Bournemouth 7s.
Black Dragon Rugby
New to the USA, the Black Dragon team was evolved for the development of high potential rugby players and is based upon a concept established in Asia by the Shanghai RFC silver dragons. This will be Black Dragon’s first appearance in the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament.
Founded in August 2006, the Glendale Raptors are sponsored by the City of Glendale, Colorado. Raptors Head Coach Andre Snyman, himself a former 7s and 15s star for his native South Africa’s national team, coaches both the Men’s 7s and Men’s Pacific Rugby Premiership team. Glendale has hosted August’s annual Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament since 2012, and the Raptors have fielded a team each year. The Glendale Raptors are back to back Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) Champions in 2015 & 2016.
Royal Air Force
Founded in 2007, the RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s team is made up of Officers and Airmen from a wide variety of trades and branches from across the Royal Air Force. The Spitfire 7s frequently emerge as a dominant force in the tournamants that they enter, both at home and world-wide. They are looking forward to the challenges they will face at Serevi Rugbytown Sevens after a one year absence in 2015 as well as introducing new players to the fantastic facilities which are available at Glendale.
The SoCal Griffins make their Serevi Rugbytown Sevens debut in 2016 hailing from southern California. The Griffins have been in a rebuilding stage over the past year working hard to grow representative rugby as a pathway for club players to play at the highest level.
Designed to unlock the potential and creativity of all rugby players, Atavus provides structured high performance training for individuals and groups. All players are currently a part of the Atavus Academy or have been selected through USAR Mens Resident Camps.
Making their second appearance at Serevi RugbyTown Sevens, Atlantis Rugby began in 1986 as an Eastern US venture (short for “Atlantic Sevens). Atlantis quickly became a nation-wide enterprise. The 932 Atlantis players since 1986 (577 men and 355 women) represent all areas of the world. Based on birth places and/or residences, they represent 42 states and 25 foreign countries. They were represented by 10 teams at the 2015 LVI tournament.
The British Army returns to RugbyTown USA for the first time since their championship win in the 2012 International Defense 7s Tournament and regularly compete against international powerhouse teams England Rugby and London Irish in their quest to remain among the top world club sevens teams.
Denver Rugby 7s
The Denver 7s All Stars return to Serevi RugbyTown Sevens for their third appearance after being crowned champions of the 2015 tournament. The Denver 7s All Stars were branded by USA Rugby as a City based team and are tasked with finding and developing players from the western part of the US (Frontier Comp Region and near-by: Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and South Dakota plus New Mexico & Oklahoma). The team gathers periodically throughout the year to play in select tournaments. The Denver 7s are the defending SRS 7s champions from 2015 and took 2nd in the 2014 SRS 7s.
Founded in the latter part of 2015 as the representative and elite development team for the state of Utah, the Rugby Utah National Development Academy (NDA) team, a USA Rugby sanctioned NDA program, has quickly become a factor in the national rugby 7s landscape. Winning the Denver 7s in June and the Heartland 7s in July, Rugby Utah has helped provide playing and coaching opportunities for one of America’s top rugby-playing states helping develop some of the country’s top 7s talent.
Negro Y Azul
Negro y Azul is a nationally competitive 7s rugby team, based out of Austin Texas; Affiliation: USA Rugby; Awards: 2013 Las Vegas Invitational – 3rd; 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens – 3rd; Serevi RugbyTown Sevens Plate Champion 2013, Las Vegas LVI 3rd Place 2013, Las Vegas Invitational Elite.
Their first appearance in the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens, the Ramblin Jesters are an invitational sevens team based in London; for Glendale they will be combining some elite UK based 7s players with some promising US college players. Jesters won the Rosslyn Park elite Floodlit 7s this year (beating 5-in-a-row winners Harlequins and London Irish along the way). They also won the famous Rugby Rocks Summer tournament in Richmond and were runners up in both the Stanislas 7s in France (to the German National team) and the Saracens “7s & The City” tournament.
Stars Rugby 7s
Stars Rugby 7s’ mission is to develop athletes from across the US and around the world in pursuit of high performance rugby 7s. While mostly US based, the Stars rosters include players from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and welcomes any players committed to the team and rugby camaraderie. Recent achievements: 2015 Serevi RugbyTown 7s Bowl Semifinalists, 2015 Las Vegas Invitational Elite Men’s Shield Winner; and 2015 Las Vegas Invitational Aces Men’s Bowl Finalist with developmental team.
Tiger Rugby returns to Serevi RugbyTown 7s having grown from a local touring side, to an internationally respected rugby brand with touring teams that cross the globe looking for new places to compete. Over the last 7 years alone they have competed internationally in several tournaments and are excited to return to Glendale in 2016.
Upright Rugby Rogues
Upright Rugby Rogues, based out of Oakville, Ontario, Canada compete at the top tournaments across North America. The Upright Rugby Rogues will be returning for their second appearance in the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament. Recent accomplishments include 2014 NYC 7s Cup Finalists and at the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational the U19s team took 3rd Place and their U18s team played in the Bowl Final.