Largest Rugby Sevens Tournament in the Nation in Greensboro this weekend

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THIRD ANNUAL ATLANTIC COAST INVITATIONAL RUGBY TOURNAMENT
MOVES TO RUGBY SEVENS GAMES

Largest Regional Collegiate Rugby Sevens Tournament in the Country Kicks Off in “Tournament Town” September 11-12, 2010

GREENSBORO, NC – Ten college men’s rugby teams will face up in
Greensboro on September 11 & 12 to compete for the third annual Atlantic Coast Invitational
(ACI) collegiate rugby championship title. This year’s tournament, which brings together men’s
teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) universities, will adopt the rugby sevens format
in which seven players for each side — rather than 15 — take the field for shorter matches.

“This change was a strategic decision for the tournament since rugby sevens is now recognized
as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics,” commented Pat
Kane, Director of Men’s Rugby at Wake Forest University and tournament co-founder. “Seven-aside
by our 10 competing teams will provide an action-packed weekend of 33 matches. Ten minute
halves will also be easier for new fans to learn the rules and follow the plays.”

Teams scheduled to compete will represent the following universities:
• Clemson University
• Duke University
• Florida State University
• Georgia Tech
• N.C. State University
• University of Maryland
• University of North Carolina
• University of Virginia
• Virginia Tech
• Wake Forest University

“Because college rugby is a club sport rather than a varsity sport, many people fail to recognize
just how dedicated these players are to their teams and to the sport,” commented Andy Richards,
head coach of men’s rugby at Virginia Tech and tournament co-founder. “These student-athletes
train for hundreds of hours and travel thousands of miles to compete. The ACI tournament and
supporting Atlantic Coast Rugby League provide an organized structure and a pathway to
national competition very much like varsity athletics.”

This weekend’s tournament will be take place at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro, North
Carolina. Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under age 12.
Events begin at 10:00 am both days. The full tournament schedule and directions are posted on
the tournament website: http://www.acirugby.com.

Kim Strable, president of the Greensboro Sports Commission, commented: “We are excited to
bring a new and developing event to Greensboro which will allow our city to be exposed to one of
the newest Olympic sports and to showcase Macpherson Stadium as not only a soccer stadium
but a premier multiple sport venue in Greensboro.”

The ACI it is not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Media Contacts:
Andy Richards
ACI Co-founder
Head Coach, Virginia Tech Rugby
andyrichards62@gmail.com
919.345.6200
Pat Kane
ACI Co-founder
Director of Rugby, Wake Forest University
pmkane78@aol.com
336.671.4600

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Pool A Pool B
Virginia Tech Florida State
UNC N.C. State
UVA Maryland
Georgia Tech Wake Forest
Duke Clemson

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Game Time Pool Game
1 10:00 am A Virginia Tech vs. UNC
2 10:25 am B Florida State vs. N.C. State
3 10:50 am A UVA vs. Georgia Tech
4 11:15 am B Maryland vs. Wake Forest
5 11:40 am A Virginia Tech vs. Duke
6 12:05 pm B Florida State vs. Clemson
7 12:30 pm A UNC vs. UVA
8 12:55 pm B N.C. State vs. Maryland
9 1:20 pm A Georgia Tech vs. Duke
10 1:45 pm B Wake Forest vs. Clemson
11 2:10 pm A Virginia Tech vs. UVA
12 2:35 pm B Florida State vs. Maryland
13 3:00 pm A UNC vs. Georgia Tech
14 3:25 pm B N.C. State vs. Wake Forest
15 3:50 pm A Duke vs. UVA
16 4:15 pm B Clemson vs. Maryland
17 4:40 pm A Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech
18 5:05 pm B Florida State vs. Wake Forest
19 5:30 pm A UNC vs. Duke
20 5:55 pm B N.C. State vs. Clemson

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Game Time Bracket Game
21 10:00 am Championship Play-in B4 vs. A5
22 10:25 am Championship
Play-in A4 vs. B5
23 10:50 am Championship Quarter
Final B2 vs. A3
24 11:15 am Championship Quarter A2 vs. B3

Final
25 11:40 am Championship Quarter
Final A1 vs. Winner Game 21
26 12:05 pm Championship Quarter
Final B1 vs. Winner Game 22
27 12:30 pm 9th Place Match Loser Game 21 vs. Loser Game 22
28 1:00 pm Challenger
Semi-Final Loser Game 23 vs. Loser Game 25
29 1:30 pm Challenger
Semi-Final Loser Game 24 vs. Loser Game 26
30 2:00 pm Championship
Semi-Final Winner Game 23 vs. Winner Game 25
31 2:30 pm Championship
Semi-Final Winner Game 24 vs. Winner Game 26
32 3:15 pm Challenger Final Winner Game 28 vs. Winner Game 29
33 4:00 pm Championship Final Winner Game 30 vs. Winner Game 31


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