Revamped BC Rugby Sevens Series launched for 2012 season

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VANCOUVER (ISN) – A new look BC Rugby Sevens Series has been confirmed for the 2012 summer season in British Columbia. Building on the success of the first two years which featured teams from across the Pacific West Coast region, the 2012 Sevens Series will have three types of tournaments to participate in.

Three tournaments will be endorsed as official stops on the BC Rugby Sevens Series circuit, and club teams registered within the BC Rugby Union will have the opportunity to accrue points towards a provincial championship. The three stops include the Vancouver Rugby Sevens on June 16; Burnaby Lake Lighthouse Sevens on July 7; and the Abbotsford Rugby Sevens on July 28. Teams eligible for a provincial title will have to attend all three BC Sevens Series events. These three tournaments were endorsed by BC Rugby for committing to field both a men’s and women’s team in all series stops. International and Invitational tournaments will also be hosted across the province and are open to both club and representative teams.

Burnaby Lake Rugby Club head into the 2012 Sevens Series as defending champions in both the women’s and men’s divisions. The Burnaby women’s program swept each of the five 2011 titles, finishing with 74 points in the Sevens Series standings.

Burnaby Lake’s men’s program finished on top of the 2011 standings with 46 points, 18 ahead of second place Bayside Selects. Burnaby competed in five of the six tournaments on the circuit, winning the Burnaby Lighthouse Sevens.

For more information on registration, contact info, dates and series standings visit www.bcrugby7s.com

BC Rugby Sevens Series Tournaments
Three tournaments will be endorsed as official stops on the 2012 BC Rugby Sevens Series circuit, and club teams registered within the BC Rugby Union will have the opportunity to accrue points towards a provincial championship. The three stops include the Vancouver Rugby Sevens on June 16; Burnaby Lake Lighthouse Sevens on July 7; and the Abbotsford Rugby Sevens on July 28.

Endorsed BC Rugby Sevens Series Tournaments:
June 16: Vancouver Rugby Sevens – hosted by Meraloma Rugby Club (at Connaught Park, Kitsilano)
July 7: Burnaby Lake Lighthouse Sevens – hosted by Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex)
July 28: Abbotsford Rugby Sevens – hosted by Abbotsford RFC (at CFV Exhibition Park)

International Tournaments
International tournaments are scheduled for Victoria on July 14th, and in Vancouver on July 21-22. These tournaments are independently run and operated but are supported by BC Rugby.

International Tournaments:
July 14: Victoria International Sevens ( at Centennial Stadium, UVic)
July 21-22: Vancouver International Rugby Sevens Serevi Invitational (at Swangard Stadium)

Invitational Tournaments
A number of Invitational tournaments will also be hosted from May 19th through August 25th. These tournaments will be open to both club and representative sides but points accrued at the tournaments will not count towards a provincial championship. Dates and locations subject to change – check back to www.bcrugby7s.com

Invitational Tournaments:
May 19: Langford Sevens (at City Centre Park, Langford)
June 9: James Bay Buccaneer Sevens (at Bullen Park, Esquimalt)
July 14: SFU Highland Summer Sevens (at Simon Fraser University Fields)
August 4: CanLight Fiji Sevens (at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex)
August 18-19: Kelowna Sevens – Lift Span Open (Parkinson Sports Fields, Kelowna)
August 25: Bayside Summer Sevens (at South Surrey Athletic Park, White Rock)

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