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Colorado Varsity 7s Season Hits Midway Point

  • 28 Sep 2023
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The Colorado Interscholastic Rugby Association (CIRA) is halfway through its girls’ high school 7s season. All six varsity programs have played at least two series this fall, and each series includes three 7s games. The schedule is supplemented by tournaments that involve Rugby Colorado teams (i.e., high school club programs) as well as out-of-state teams like Utah’s United, which has a long history of exchanging 7s tours with Colorado teams. [Lead photo: @monarchgirlsrugby]

Summit HS 3 3 9 0 283 15 268 12
Denver East Angels 2 1 3 3 79 99 -20 4
Regis Jesuit HS 2 1 2 4 77 102 -25 4
Summit Tigers 3 1 4 5 120 121 -1 4
Monarch Coyotes 2 1 2 4 73 166 -93 4
Eagle Valley Devils 2 0 1 5 26 155 -129 0

All teams play each once during the regular season for a total of five 7s series. Summit High School’s top side has played and won three series, and currently sits atop the standings at 9-0 with 12 standings points. The Tigers have defeated Denver East (3-3) by a combined 59-15, Monarch High School (2-4) 140-0, and Summit’s second side (“Tigers”) (4-5) 84-0.


The next four teams all have four standings points apiece. Denver East won its series against Regis Jesuit (2-4), and two of those victories were single-digit decisions. Regis Jesuit got its two wins against Summit’s second side (15-14, 17-7) before the Tigers took one contest 17-5. And the Eagle Valley Devils (1-5) have competed in 7s series against Monarch and Summit Tigers and got its first win of the season, 20-19, against the Coyotes.


The second half of conference play will take place throughout the entirety of October, and CIRA teams will also compete at tournaments that involve Rugby Colorado teams. This Saturday, both member organizations will converge on Regis Jesuit’s stadium, and then Fort Collins will host its invitational on Oct. 14. On Oct. 27-28, a new fixture takes place: the Western Area Regional 7s. Owyhee High School is hosting the seminal event and will mix Summit’s two sides and Monarch with West Ada and Boise school district teams. Girls’ high school rugby is also a sanctioned varsity sport in Idaho, and this crossover tournament is certainly worth noting.

On Nov. 4, all teams will report to Boulder, Colo., for the state championship, and the following Saturday, Nov. 11 will feature the league’s top performers in the annual CIRA All-Star Game. That finale takes place at Williams Field in Superior, Colo.

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