The Druids are an invitational rugby seven-a-side team that competes in tournaments around the Mid-Atlantic region. Based in the Blue Ridge area of Southwest Virginia, the Druids recruit top college and club players from Blacksburg, Radford, Roanoke, and neighboring areas. The Druids are managed by founder Craig Bucher and coached by Perry Pence.

The Druids enter teams in tournaments at multiple competitive levels, so interested players of all experience and ability levels are welcome to join us. Players for other fifteen-a-side rugby teams play with the Druids while remaining members of their home teams.

If you are interested in joining the Druids as a player, sponsor, or partner, contact us.

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Druids Nab the Cup in Asheville

In its fifth sevens tournament since being founded in late 2011, the Druids invitational sevens rugby team won its first championship cup at the Asheville Sevens rugby tournament Saturday, July 21.  After making two previous finals and finishing in the top four twice more, the Druids posted an unblemished 5-0 record at the Asheville tournament to finish first on the day.

Based in Blacksburg, Virginia, but welcoming players from all over the region, the Druids traveled to Asheville with heavy representation from Virginia Tech and Blacksburg-based independent players, as well as contributors from the University of North Carolina and East Carolina University.  With some players not having worked together since the Druids’ last appearance and some players new to the team, the Druids worked out the kinks early en route to a 40-7 win over neighbors Blacksburg to open pool play.  Next, the team put together a solid 43-0 victory over Appalachian State University, but the going was much slower in the Druids’ final pool match against Charlotte (a second-tier team representing the club, though, as Charlotte’s first-grade team was at the USA Rugby South championship tournament winning a place in the national championship rounds).  Having only lost two matches in two tournaments so far in the summer, both to Charlotte teams, the Druids were able to finally break the Charlotte hoodoo with a tight 14-7 win to go undefeated in pool play and advance to the cup rounds.

Having survived Charlotte, the Druids were able to scratch out a little more breathing room in the knockout rounds, defeating Greenville, South Carolina, 40-12 in the cup semifinal and getting by the University of South Carolina 26-5 in the cup final.

The Druids’ first cup victory also marked the Druids’ last scheduled tournament of the summer, but locally-based players will continue to train at the Virginia Tech Drillfield Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. as they consider late-developing tournaments and training events.  More tournaments will also await the Druids in the late autumn and early winter while the team’s representatives are on hiatus from upcoming fifteen-a-side duties with their local teams.

Druids’ Roster at Asheville Sevens:

Mike Barlow (Virginia Tech)
Craig Bucher (Druids)
Paul Caron (Virginia Tech)
Brett Fontaine (Druids)
Daniel Germroth (Virginia Tech)
Kenny Green (Virginia Tech)
Jeff Houston (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Amir Khan (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Joe Pallante (Druids)
Donny Tran (Virginia Tech)
Richard Van Valkenburgh (East Carolina University)
Bill Whalen (Virginia Tech)

Coach: Perry Pence (Druids)

Druids Match Results at Asheville Sevens:

Pool Match 1: Druids 40, Blacksburg 7
Khan 2T 3C
Houston 2T
Caron 1T 1C
Van Valkenburgh 1T 1C

Pool Match 2: Druids 43, Appalachian State University 0
Khan 2T 1C
Caron 1T 2C
Van Valkenburgh 1T 1C
Barlow 1T
Houston 1T
Pallante 1T

Pool Match 3: Druids 14, Charlotte 7
Khan 2T 2C

Cup Semifinal: Druids 40, Greenville 12
Khan 2T 2C
Houston 2T
Van Valkenburgh 1T 2C
Pallante 1T
Caron 1C

Cup Final: Druids 26, University of South Carolina 5
Caron 2T 1C
Houston 1T
Whalen 1T
Khan 2C

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Druids off to Asheville for Final Tournament of Summer 2012

After an unexpected weekend off due to the late postponment of the Charlie West Sevens last weekend, the Druids back on the road with a final big trip of the summer to Asheville, North Carolina for the Asheville Rugby Club’s annual tournament.

The Druids are traveling with a large and strong team, with members comprising a nice mix of seasoned sevens players and up-and-comers, including a pair of debutants getting their first rugby.  While the Druids have performed well this summer, a cup win in Asheville would cap the summer nicely.  The going won’t be easy, though, with a tough field of opponents making up the tournament’s pools.

Druids Roster for Asheville Sevens:

Mike Barlow (Virginia Tech)
Craig Bucher (Druids)
Paul Caron (Virginia Tech)
Brett Fontaine (Druids)
Daniel Germroth (Virginia Tech)
Kenny Green (Virginia Tech)
Jeff Houston (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Amir Khan (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Joe Pallante (Druids)
Donny Tran (Virginia Tech)
Richard Van Valkenburgh (East Carolina University)
Bill Whalen (Virginia Tech)

Coach: Perry Pence (Druids)

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Late Postponement Leaves Druids at Home This Weekend

After gearing up to take two teams to the Charlie West Sevens in Charleston, West Virginia, on Saturday, July 14, the Druids met an enforcd change in plans when they were informed the week of the tournament that the event would be postponed to a later date due to logistical concerns.  Without time to plan for another trip, the Druids will enjoy a weekend off the road before wrapping up the summer in Asheville, North Carolina, on July 21.

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Six Wins in a Row for Druids in Greensboro, but Final Proves Too Much in the End

The Druids put together another strong tournament performance at the Triad Sevens in Greensboro, North Carolina, but fell just short of a cup win in a tough final loss.

Traveling with a mix of old and new faces from college and club sides across the region, the Druids worked out some early kinks in their first pool match before getting by hosts Triad by a 31-14 margin. Once the motor was firing, the Druids put up more lopsided scores in the next two pool matches, blanking Roanoke 54-0 and whitewashing the Virginia Military Institute 40-0. The going was a bit tougher in the Druids’ final pool match against a game University of North Carolina at Charlotte crew, but the Druids stayed in front for a 35-14 win to finish at the top of their five-team pool.

The knockout rounds treated the Druids to seeding puzzler as they were seeded third among the three pool winners despite an unbested 160-28 point differential in pool play. This decision left the Druids with a quarterfinal match while the other two pool winners enjoyed quarterfinal byes. The Druids also moved into the knockout rounds without standout midfielder Amir Khan, who had to leave mid-tournament to honor a personal commitment. Never eager to back down from the chance for another match, the Druids put together a comprehensive 43-0 quarterfinal win against Cape Fear to advance to the semifinals and ensure that the Druids would maintain their streak of earning a top-four finish in every tournament in their short history.

The tournament semifinals saw the Druids face Wake Forest, who looked very close to getting a win before the Druids managed to escape with a 31-14 victory and a final berth. In the final, the Druids met Charlotte in a match that had looked to be looming for both clubs since early in the day. While the Druids struck first through a try from flyhalf Jonathan Marshall, things got darker minutes later when Marshall had to be helped off after injuring his ribs during a great cover tackle. Trailing 21-12 by the half, the Druids managed to match Charlotte’s five-point output with a determined second-half effort but succumbed for a 26-12 loss and a second-place tournament finish.

Despite a 6-1 finish, an appearance in a massive final, and a 246-68 point differential in the tournament, the Druids left Greensboro without a champions cup. After two final appearances and two more bronze final appearances in four tournaments, the Druids will hope to finally get that cup win in their next tournament appearance at the Charlie West Sevens in Charleston, West Virginia.

The Druids’ training will continue at the Virginia Tech Drillfield each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Interested players from all backgrounds and affiliations are welcome, and those too far afield to attend training should contact druids@druidsrugby.com to discuss joining the team at a tournament.

Druids Roster for Triad Sevens:
Matt Boone (Virginia Tech Alumnus)
Craig Bucher (Druids)
Scott Darling (Virginia Tech)
Brett Fontaine (Druids)
Nick Funk (Virginia Tech)
Daniel Germroth (Virginia Tech)
Jimmy Ivory (Druids)
Amir Khan (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Jonathan Marshall (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
Joe Pallante (Druids)
Sam Pitt (Druids)
Martin Sexton (Virginia Tech)
Donny Tran (Virginia Tech)
Bill Whalen (Virginia Tech)

Coach: Perry Pence (Druids)

Druids Match Results at Triad Sevens:

Pool Match 1: Druids 31, Triad “A” 14
Marshall 2T 2C
Khan 2T 1C
Boone 1T

Pool Match 2: Druids 54, Roanoke 0
Khan 3T 3C
Marshall 2T 2C
Sexton 2T 1C
Bucher 1T 1C

Pool Match 3: Druids 40, Virginia Military Institute 0
Marshall 3T 3C
Khan 1T 1C
Boone 1T 1C
Pallante 1T

Pool Match 4: Druids 35, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 14
Marshall 2T 2C
Boone 1T 1C
Sexton 1T 2C
Pallante 1T

Quaterfinal: Druids 43, Cape Fear 0
Marshall 2T 1C
Boone 2T 2C
Whalen 1T
Tran 1T
Ivory 1T
Sexton 1C

Semifinal: Druids 31, Wake Forest 14
Marshall 4T 1C
Boone 1T 1C
Sexton 1C

Final: Charlotte 26, Druids 12
Boone 1T 1C
Marshall 1T

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Druids Bound for Greensboro, NC, for Next Stop on Summer 2012 Itinerary

After a successful start to the summer 2012 season earlier this month with a third-place finish at the “Blue Plum” sevens in Johnson City, Tennessee, the Druids continue their summer 2012 season with a visit to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Triad Sevens Saturday, 23 June.

With three tournaments under their belts since the new team was founded in late 2011, the Druids have finished in the top four in all of their appearances to date but have yet to win a final. The Druids will look to nab that first cup in North Carolina, but a strong field of teams from around North Carolina and Virginia stands in the way.

The Greensboro stop will feature a mix of Druids regulars and a few new faces on the invitational side, as well as a mix of veterans and players relatively new to rugby. This week’s team includes players representing three universities as well as players who have run out for a range of school, age-grade, and senior men’s clubs in years past. Priority one for the weekend will be getting the team a quality experience and the chance for players to learn from working with teammates from a range of backgrounds, but a strong finish would be a nice reward as well.

Druids Roster for Triad Sevens:
Matt Boone (Virginia Tech Alumnus)
Craig Bucher (Druids) (Questionable; Injury)
Scott Darling (Virginia Tech)
Brett Fontaine (Druids)
Nick Funk (Virginia Tech)
Daniel Germroth (Virginia Tech)
Jimmy Ivory (Druids)
Amir Khan (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Jonathan Marshall (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
Joe Pallante (Druids)
Sam Pitt (Druids)
Martin Sexton (Virginia Tech)
Donny Tran (Virginia Tech)
Bill Whalen (Virginia Tech)

Coach: Perry Pence (Druids)

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