Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 13 December 2013 21:13    PDF Print Write e-mail
Brackets Filling at LVI
Tournaments - LVI

Several brackets at the Las Vegas Invitational are filling up, but not all as the largest rugby tournament in North America continues to grow despite some obstacles.

Future Eagles get crucial experience n the Men's Elite 7s. Ian Muir Photo.
Girls High School 7s is a big growth bracket. David Barpal photo.
Five finals, including the Boya HS Elite, will be in Sam Boyd Stadium. David Barpal photo.
Top colleges face off every year at the LVI. David Barpal photo.

With the LVI not being a qualifier for the CRC, many college teams have opted not to come or to play 15s. In addition, with the tournament two weeks earlier than usual because of the Winter Olympics, some teams just aren't ready.

Still, said Tournament Director Jon Hinkin, there has been massive interest in several brackets. The Men's Elite was expanded, and still almost filled out. The Women's Open 7s and Boys HS Elite and Open 7s are also close to being full.

However, there are still some outstanding opportunities for high-leave 15s challenge matches for both colleges and clubs - the kind of games that make everyone stop and watch.

In fact, said Hinkin, "7s in all high school brackets, including girls and under 16s has been really popular."

And, warned Hinkin,  "don't let the early date this year sneak up on you; get your team registered as soon as possible."

The LVI has added shuttle service to all LVI fields during all matches from the tournament sponsor hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel.

For more on the LVI go here.