The Abbotsford Rugby 7's are upon us and schedules and rosters have been announced for most teams. The West Indies team has been in town since Tuesday and have been attracting quite a crowd. They had a training session with the Abbotsford team on Tuesday evening and did a training session and youth camp at Heritage Park in Mission on Wednesday. Kenya arrived early Friday morning with the Canada squads coming in Friday afternoon. The Canada coaches, players and alumni ran a clinic for youth players on Friday afternoon.

The pools have been set with 8 teams in the Elite division and 8 teams in the Domestic division. A late withdraw from the Meraloma club and a shift in divisions by the Lionheart team has moved the Young Bucks and the Abbotsford team into the Elite to test the waters. We thank these teams for agreeing to move into the more competitive division on short notice.

The 7's event will showcase a variety of entertainment options. There is a family zone with facepainting, a bouncy castle, a "misting station" and much more. The far end of the pitch will feature a beer garden with a live DJ spinning tracks the whole day. The BC Lions Felines will be in attendance, and local dance and gymnastics students will be performing in the opening ceremonies. Also, there will be a capping ceremony in which players who have represented Canada will literally receive a cap for the first time they played for Canada. We look forward to an outstanding tournament and hope to see many spectators enjoying a fantastic day of rugby in the summer sun!

Please visit the Abbosford Times and Abbotsford News for recent articles on the event.

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