Another elite field expected for Battle in the Bay

D1A Rugby: Another elite field expected for Battle in the Bay
Photo Credit: Eric Foss

BOULDER, Colo. – After a highly competitive and successful inaugural tournament last fall, the Battle in the Bay will return to San Francisco’s Treasure Island Oct. 25-26.

The tournament, which is a qualifier for the USA Rugby College 7s National Championship, is organized by the Saint Mary’s Rugby program and Tournament Director Tony Samaniego, who is an assistant for the Gaels’ 15s squad and heads the team’s sevens program.

“On behalf of the Saint Mary’s Rugby program, I am very excited about this year’s Battle in the Bay sevens tournament and the level of competition that has already committed to participate,” said Samaniego. “I was worried about this year’s tournament due to the recent news by USA Rugby announcing that the College 7s National Championship will move to the spring, but the reverse effect happened.”

Since the news of USA Rugby’s College7s National Championship’s move to the end of May, Samaniego has received several calls from coaches to assure themselves Saint Mary’s was putting on the tournament and have expressed their desire to compete.

Last fall, the Battle in the Bay drew a 16-team field loaded with the very best collegiate rugby teams on the west coast. At the moment, Samaniego is preparing for yet another 16-team contest, but is open to increasing the field to 20 or even 24 teams based on the level of interest by top tier college programs.

Currently, four of the 13 teams already committed to the two-day national qualifier are from D1A Rugby: Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, University of San Diego, Cal Poly, Arizona State, University of Utah, UCLA, Western Washington, Central Washington, University of Washington, Washington State, Santa Clara and Cal.

Last October, the host Gaels defeated Cal in the semi-finals before beating Central Washington, 32-19, in the final of the Battle in the Bay. Saint Mary’s used its qualifying bid to make a deep run at the 2013 College 7s National Championship, but eventually fell to Arkansas State in the Cup Final.

For more information on the tournament, or to inquire about participating in the Battle in the Bay, contact Tournament Director Tony Samaniego:

Phone: 619.252.2364

Email: [email Tsamaniego@comcast.net]