Nice - covered in the NY Times.
Many years ago - over 40 in fact - playing for Essex (along with famous luminaries like Krenn, Crowley, Regan, Corrigan, Kenefick, et al) we won the club side division. There were only two divisions at that time, club and college. It was a big end-of-season tournament then, but now it's huge - international really. And Randall's Island has been cleaned up - vastly better fields and facilities.
The New York Rugby Club has hosted its annual event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 1959. This year, 139 teams from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Fiji descended on the southern tip of Randalls Island in one of the country’s largest amateur rugby tournaments.
Beneath the relentless drone of traffic on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, the speed of the game was evident. Unlike the traditional 15-a-side rugby union, with two 40-minute halves, sevens is seven-on-seven, played over two seven-minute halves. Men’s and women’s teams register to compete in high school, collegiate, social, club and premier divisions.