Yup. You read that right…..
USA 7s Captain, Madison Hughes and long time Eagle, Colin Hawley will be running the show for The Rugby Channel Broadcast for West Coast Sevens – Treasure Island, October 21-22.
As you may know, West Coast Sevens is a Collegiate 7s tournament that takes place every year, featuring the top collegiate teams on the West Coast. Like last year, the prestigious tournament will take place twice. Once in San Luis Obispo – Cal Poly October 7th and again October 21-22 in Treasure Island.
The Rugby Channel broadcasted the Treasure Island tournament last year as well, but this year, their broadcast is a game changer! How can it not be, with two former top level collegiate 7s players calling the matches?!
“It’s an honor to be calling the matches alongside our US Captain Madison Hughes and check out some of America’s next US Eagles.” said Hawley
Hawley is a 4 time Collegiate National Champion with Cal (MVP 07) and has played for the USA 7s team in 176 matches (35 tries)! Not to mention, he is a 4 Time All American, Member of the 2011 15s World Cup Squad, Bronze Medalist from the 2011 Pan Am Games, Member of the 2013 Sevens World Cup Squad and is currently Captain and Director of the Sevens team at the Olympic Club.
He continued… “[Madison and I] both were products of strong collegiate rugby programs and proud to be involved in amazing tournaments like West Coast Sevens that prepare our young players to represent our country.
Collegiate Sevens rugby has improved tremendously. The level of skill and discipline performed by the players is incredible. Seeing the collegiate competition skyrocket gives me great hope for the growth of the game at home and the US on the world stage.”
Hawley is right on. The growth of the collegiate competition has skyrocketed, and the USA 7s team has benefited from it greatly. The team has shown incredible strides on the world stage and Hawley is a foundational stone in it all….
He was part of the first team signed on to the United States Olympic Committee back in 2011 when he played in the Pan Am Games, which is an Olympic-style competition that takes place every 4 years, the year before the Olympics. Hawley played a major role in establishing the squad as a core top 12 team.
On that rock, Madison Hughes has continued to build. He started playing for USA 7s back in 2013 and became Captain in 2014. Since then, Madison has played a major role in bringing the USA 7s squad from a core top 12 team to a top 8 team. Not to mention, the USA 7s squad finished 5th last year on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and only finished 9 points shy of 4th place.
You can see a “passing of the torch” type story between these two, so to see both of them side by side, calling the beautiful game of 7s, is pretty special! On behalf of the USA, another big thanks to The Rugby Channel is needed for making this possible.
“I’m excited to be in the booth for the West Coast Sevens. Many of the best college teams in the country will be on display, so I’m looking forward to see which teams perform well and which players emerge.
Broadcasting with Colin will be special. He was a senior player who helped me integrate when I first joined the 7s team, and I’ve enjoyed his broadcasts in more recent years” said Hughes.
It will certainly be a special weekend and Madison Hughes and Colin Hawley will be huge reasons why.