Collegiate Championship Invitational

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Collegiate Championship Invitational
Tournament details
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date June 4–6, 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams 16
Matches played 39
Top point scorer(s) Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green)
(55 points)
Top try scorer(s) Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green)
(11 points)
Final
Venue Columbus Crew Stadium, Ohio
Champions Utah (1st title)
Runner-up Cal
Official website http://www.usasevenscrc.com
(Next) 2011

The USA Sevens Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational, (also now referred to as the 2010 Collegiate Rugby Championship), was a rugby union sevens tournament. The competition was held from 4–6 June at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The CCI was a groundbreaking event in college rugby for several reasons—it was the first ever rugby sevens championship contested among college rugby programs,[1] and it was the first time college rugby was broadcast live on network TV.[2] This was the only year that the tournament was called the "Collegiate Championship Invitational." The following year, the tournament changed its name to the "Collegiate Rugby Championship."

The men's tournament featured sixteen teams, whereas the women's tournament featured eight teams.[3] The tournament consisted of four round-robin pools of four teams. All sixteen teams progressed to the knockout stage. The top two teams from each group progressed to the quarter-finals in the championship competition. The bottom two teams from each group progressed to the quarter-finals in the challenger competition.

Utah defeated Cal 31-26 in overtime in a thrilling final. Bowling Green's Rocco Mauer led the tournament with 11 tries and was named tournament MVP by Rugby Mag.[4]

Sponsors for the tournament included Subway, Geico, Bud Light and Toyota.[4]

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium        
 California  36
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 Tennessee  0  
 Cal  33
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
   Arizona  0  
 Arizona  21
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 Ohio State  10  
 Cal  26
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
   Utah  31
 Utah  24
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 Navy  0  
 Utah  17 Bronze
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
   San Diego State  10  
 San Diego State  17      
 Dartmouth  7        
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium

Notable Players[edit]

After the conclusion of the tournament, Rugby Mag selected the following 12 players on the All-Tournament team.[4] These players were chosen based on the impact they had made during the tournament and also based on their potential to succeed at higher levels of rugby.

  1. Blaine Scully - California
  2. Colin Hawley - California
  3. Seamus Kelly - California
  4. Rocco Mauer - Bowling Green
  5. Nate Ebner - Ohio State
  6. Thretton Palamo - Utah
  7. Don Pati - Utah
  8. Keegan Engelbrecht - Cal
  9. Dustin Muhn - Cal
  10. Will Holder - Army
  11. Duncan Kelm - San Diego State
  12. Benji Goff - Tennessee

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bleacher Report, USA Sevens Championship Broadcast Schedule, April 6, 2010, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/374411-broadcast-schedule-set-for-collegiate-rugby-sevens-championship
  2. ^ Tennessee Rugby, Tennessee advances to quarterfinals; bounced by Cal, June 6, 2010, http://www.tennesseerugby.com/news/2009_2010/nbcsevens.html
  3. ^ CRC Pools and Match Schedule
  4. ^ a b c Bleacher Report, Utah Upsets Cal To Win Sevens Title, June 7, 2010, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/402408-college-rugby-utah-upsets-cal-to-win-sevens-championship

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