Men’s rugby club hosts conference championship

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Men’s rugby club hosts conference championship

The Fresno State men’s rugby club will host teams from seven other universities as the annual Pacific Western Rugby Conference’s sevens championship visits campus for the first time on Nov. 3.

Sevens is a variant of rugby in which teams are made up of seven players who play seven-minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40-minute halves.

The tournament will be held at the Kinesiology Field, next to the Ropes Course, behind the University Dining Hall. Parking is available in Lot P27 (enter off Cedar Avenue) by the residence halls. Gates will open to the public at 8 a.m. with the first game starting at 10 a.m., when Fresno State is tentatively scheduled to play UC Santa Barbara.

The winner of the conference tournament will automatically qualify for the USA Rugby Sevens College National Championship Tournament in May.

Club teams from Fresno State, Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, Stanford, Nevada and UC Santa Barbara will be competing for the championship.

The Pacific Western Rugby Conference was established in 2012. The Division 1-AA conference competes in the USA Rugby National Collegiate Competition in the 15s and sevens.