Collegiate Championship Invitational

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Collegiate Championship Invitational
Tournament details
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
DateJune 4–6, 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Matches played39
Top point scorer(s)Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green)
(55 points)
Top try scorer(s)Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green)
(11 points)
Final
VenueColumbus Crew Stadium, Ohio
ChampionsUtah (1st title)
Runners-upCal
(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-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
 
California36
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Tennessee0
 
California33
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Arizona0
 
Arizona21
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Ohio State10
 
California26
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Utah31
 
Utah24
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Navy0
 
Utah17
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
San Diego State10 Bronze
 
San Diego State17
 
6 June – Columbus Crew Stadium
 
Dartmouth7
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. Will Holder - Army
  7. Thretton Palamo - Utah
  8. Don Pati - Utah
  9. Keegan Engelbrecht - Cal
  10. Dustin Muhn - Cal
  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, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-04-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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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