Druids’ Training for Summer 2012 to Begin 15 May

After two promising tournament appearances in the past several months, the Druids will begin preparations for their 2012 summer campaign when they beging training at the Virginia Tech Drillfield on 15 May at 6:00 p.m. Having notched one final appearance and one semifinal showing since being founded in late 2011, the invitational sevens team welcomes all area college and club rugby players to be a part of the team’s first full sevens season in 2012.

While some seven-a-side tournaments are held outside of the summer months, fifteen-a-side rugby has traditionally dominated the fall, winter, and spring rugby calendar in the United States.  With the fifteen-a-side seasons drawing to a close for most college and men’s clubs, though, the Druids are hoping to be able to pull a strong group of top college and club players to play sevens rugby for the team during their regular clubs’ offseasons.

As an independent invitational sevens team unaffiliated with any fifteen-a-side club, the Druids welcome players associated with all area college and club teams to attend training.   Players who are new to rugby but interested in participating are also welcome.

Sessions will be held near the center of the Drillfield in the center of the Virginia Tech Campus at 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Participants should wear training gear suitable for contact play and bring a personal water supply.

(Parking at the Drillfield is NOT open to the public when training begins, so please park at an adjacent lot and walk the short distance to the Drillfield with your training gear to avoid being ticketed.)

The Druids are in the process of planning a tournament schedule that is expected to include challenging competitions across the Mid-Atlantic region, with multiple teams traveling to some tournaments to provide all Druids players the opportunity to compete.  The first tournament of the year for the Druids will be the “Blue Plum” Sevens Tournament in Johnson City, Tennessee on 2 June, with other events to be announced.

Please contact the Druids with any questions about training or the upcoming season.

For directions to the Virginia Tech Drillfield, see the map below:

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