40th Annual Rugby Tournament to Be Held in Bethlehem
Lehigh Valley Rugby Football Club to host 7-on-7 tournament
Widely considered a European and Australian sport, Rugby has been around Lehigh Valley longer than many may realize. On June 6, four decades of the sport will be celebrated during Lehigh Valley Rugby Football Clubs’ (LVRFC) 40th Annual Summer 7s: The Sequel at Monocacy Park, 1554 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, Pa.
More than 28 teams are expected to participate in the men’s and women’s divisions, according to LVRFC spokesman Brett Briggs.
“The matches are seven on seven with seven minute halves. They play three pool matches, then are ranked for playoffs. There will be about 70 to 85 matches played on June 6 on three fields,” Briggs said. “Teams will be coming from all over the Mid-Atlantic including Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.”
The Lehigh Valley Rugby Football Club is a non-profit corporation. Founded in 1998, LVRFC represents men’s and women’s rugby in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. The Club also takes an oversight role for the high school and youth teams. The men’s team are full members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union. The LVRFC teams are also members territorially through the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union and nationally through USA Rugby.
While LVRFC has not been in existence for 40 years, this particular tournament first got its start in the 1970s by local rugby enthusiasts.
Registration is still currently open for prospective teams on LVRFC’s website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/lehighvalleyrugbyfootballclub.
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