Summer 7’s in the Capitol City

Yes, it’s that time of year again, ladies. Summer 7s is underway! The DC Furies are excited to announce that once again we are fielding multiple 7s sides each week to enter competitive tournaments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

What is rugby 7s? Sevens is not only one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. at the collegiate and club levels, but also is one of the newest Olympic sports. Rugby 7s will make its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. The game is very fast-paced – while played on full-sized fields, there are just 7-minute in each half, with 7 players per side.

Each week the Furies attend Saturday tournaments in which we play several games over the course of the day. (Summer 2013 7’s Schedule). The Furies are also thrilled to have enough players this summer that we plan on entering both a competitive team and a developmental side in each tournament.

The Furies are an open, welcoming club, and invite players of all ages and levels of experience. This includes those who are just in DC for the summer, those who are new to the city and are looking for a long-term team, and even those who don’t know what rugby is. Every season we welcome athletes to the team who have never before played rugby, and we appreciate the important contributions that these women quickly make to the team both on and off the field. Fielding multiple teams each week means that there is a place for everyone to play.

We are pleased to welcome back two of our coaches from the Spring season this summer – Toga Fanueli and Dre Khoury. Toga recently joined the Furies’ coaching staff, first as Assistant Coach focusing on the backs, and then as the Furies Head Coach. Toga is the 7s head coach, and offers years of experience, new and exciting game plans, and a straightforward “rugby is rugby” mentality. Dre has been with the Furies for many years, first as a player and captain, and later as an Assistant Coach specializing in the forward pack. Dre is the 7s Assistant Coach and provides the Furies with experience, intensity, love of the game, and of course her signature pump-up speeches.

The Furies practice twice a week, and take the opportunity to focus on developing our skills, learning to execute our game plan, and improving our fitness. Practices take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-9. The Furies practice at Jefferson Middle School’s field, located at the corner of 7th and G St.’s SW. The field is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from L’Enfant Plaza Metro station (blue, orange, green, and yellow lines). We hope to see you out at practice soon!

Written by Emily Miller Glodzik

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