2021 Rocky Mountain 7s
July 31 | Pleasant View Sports Complex | Boulder, Colorado
7s in the Rockies is back! The 53rd edition of the Rocky Mountain 7s Tournament will be held on July 31 at Pleasant View Sports Complex in Boulder, Colorado (3805 47th St, Boulder, CO 80301).
This year's tournament will feature up to 8 men's and 4 women's teams competing on one of the most beautiful fields in America.
Entry fees* for Teams will be:
$300 for RMR Full-Rate Members
$350 for RMR Partial-Rate Members
$400 for Non-RMR Members
The tournament will run from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and all teams will be scheduled for at least 4 matches.
Registration priority will be given to (in this order):
1. Teams intending to compete at the USA National Rugby 7s Championship, whether they are an RMR member or not
2. Teams that regularly participated in the qualifier division of this tournament in the past, whether they are an RMR member or not
3. Teams in the RMR Men's Premiership or Women's D1
4. Teams in the RMR Men's Championship, RMR Men's Mountain League, or RMR Women's D2
5. RMR Social and Partial-Rate Clubs
6. Member clubs of adjacent unions (Montana, Southwest, & Mid-America)
7. Other clubs
*After completing their Entry Form, teams will be emailed an invoice from PayPal. There are fees associated with PayPal that will be added to your invoice.
Seven-A-Side Rugby competition in the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU; now known as Rocky Mountain Rugby or RMR) started at the end of the 1968 Spring rugby season and has been a regular feature ever since. The tournament was initially a joint venture of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union and the Colorado School of Mines and was held in Golden. The School of Mines discontinued its sponsorship after 1969, leaving the 1970 7s an exclusive ERRFU event. Beginning in 1971, the Denver Barbarians Rugby Club offered to take over the tournament as its host team. In the early 1970’s the tournament became known as the National Western Seven-A-Side Tournament. A major change in focus was made in 1978 when the event was dedicated to the Memory of Michael Sneath. The Denver Barbarians club holds the Michael Sneath Memorial Cup with all past winners of the top Men’s division names engraved on it. A separate trophy is awarded to each year’s winner in all divisions. Over the years the tournament has been called the ERRFU 7s, the Western National 7s, the Sneath Cup 7s, the Rocky Mountain 7s, and the Denver 7s Tournament.
The encroachment of XVs into the late Spring, coupled with a lack of interest locally, saw the Denver 7s tournament abandoned from 1996 through 2000 in lieu of a multi week series. Since 2001 a small group of committed individuals has re-established the Denver 7s tournament. In 2004 the Denver 7s tournament helped initiate, and is still a major part, of the West Rugby Football Union (now Frontier) Regional Qualifier Series which leads to the USA National Rugby 7s Championship.
In the Summer of 2007, the Denver 7s made its home at the fields surrounding the then-newly opened stadium known as Dicks Sporting Goods Park - including a period from 2012 to 2014 the Denver 7s was held inside the Stadium as well as on the adjacent fields. From 2009 to 2018 the Denver 7s was operated by the Denver 7s Rugby Tournament LLC. In 2019, the Denver Barbarians hosted the event once more. In 2021, Rocky Mountain Rugby has taken over responsibility for coordinating the event as the rugby community emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic that cancelled the event in 2020. The 2021 event will also combine the women's qualifying tournament previously hosted at the Rocky Mountain Challenge with the men's qualifying tournament previously hosted at the Denver 7s Tournament.