Phoenix is heading to the USA Club Rugby 7s National Championship (Aug. 13-14, St. Louis) and represents the South alongside the Atlanta Harlequins. Phoenix was dormant last summer, and so the team has not competed at nationals since 2019. There are still three players from that squad in the mix, including Sam Black-Keels, who has leaned into a swell of playing opportunities that followed the pandemic.
“Honestly, I feel like there’s more opportunity now than there’s ever been, and I wonder if it . . .