NORTHFIELD, VT. –Norwich University will be headed to the Division I National Rugby Sevens Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas.
Having just finished their fall 15’s season as Northeast Champions, they are now switching to the Sevens laws of the game. This is the first time USA Rugby has hosted a national championship for Sevens and without a matrix to determine the top seeds, Norwich was selected for entry based on their success in the traditional 15’s game.
Sevens is a version of rugby that utilizes just seven members of the team on the playing field at one time. What results is an extremely fast, high-scoring game. Coach Austin Hall likens the game of Sevens to a “track meet with a rugby ball and open field tackles.” Sevens Rugby will be a part of the 2016 Olympic Games.
“We’re making a dramatic shift (to the sevens laws),” said Coach Hall. “They will be the first such games most of our players have played. It’s funny that we’re getting this experience in the national championship tournament.”
Norwich will face Oregon State University in their first match on Friday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. CST.
The Maroon and Gold’s Sevens roster features - Emily Baugus, Kingsville, Texas - #10 – Junior; Rose Bernheim, Andrews AFB, Md. - #15 – Sophomore; Hannah Bushey, Essex Junction, Vt. - #7 – Senior; Vanessa Champagne, St. Nazarie, Que. - #12 – Freshman; Joya Clark, Scotia, N.Y. - #14 – Sophomore; Jackie Derocher, Northwood, N.H. - #18 – Sophomore; Marlene Dwyer, Long Island, N.Y. - #6 – Senior; Katie Hathaway, Amesbury, Mass. - #8 – Senior – Team Captain; Emily Oor, Uxbridge, Ont. - #9 – Freshman; Ferne Ryder, Grand Isle, Vt. - #11 – Senior; Meaghan Weppner, Williamsville, N.Y. - #22 - Junior