CATS SET FOR NBC Spotlight
Rugby Sevens COLLEGIATE CHAMpionship
Robert Figley captains a talented young side in his final collegiate matches as a Wildcat. (Photo credits: Josh Pearson)
May 12- Arizona has announced the side for their final action of the 2022 season as they travel to the Rugby Sevens Collegiate Championships on the NBC family of networks. The first Sevens postseason event of its kind since 2019 features 60 of the best teams in the country, with the Wildcats in the 16-team top division.
Arizona's roster will feature a number of new faces, with Robert Figley ascending to the captaincy role. University commencement conflicts have allowed the Wildcats to select a youthful side, with 10 underclassmen making the trip to Atlanta. Standout players from the Fifteens season have quickly made the transition back to Sevens, including Scrumhalf Maxime Cathala and Wing Jacob Broselle. The team will also be one of the most diverse in recent years, with six international athletes in the squad. Five Freshmen will conclude their first year in Tucson with a chance to shine on the national stage, with Ted Champion, Thomas Figley, Antonio Gonzalez, Mattox King, and Troy Norman earning selection.
For the Wildcats, a return to the spotlight is a fitting end to a season of great growth and return to normalcy. "Not having this event to end the year the past two cycles has been disappointing, so I know I speak not just for our boys but for all the athletes in the event when I say how thankful we are to AEG, Aspire, USA Rugby, and Kennesaw State University for making this happen" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy. "We have put the guys through a difficult camp, helped them grow as athletes and hopefully as people, and as we can see in the roster it's a young group so that's exciting. But the expectations don't change for us, we expect them to give everything they have, do the jersey right, and this year we do this for the Seniors who helped us get here in the first place."
Arizona finds themselves in Pool A alongside three strong sides, taking on Penn State (9:40 AM), Lindenwood (11:20 AM), and Clemson (2:27 PM) on Saturday. Sunday will see eight teams advance to the cup rounds while the remainder advance to the bowl rounds. The bulk of the gameplay will take place at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University. The Wildcats have historically done well in the Sevens postseason, advancing to the final four three times in the last six years.
All of the weekend's action will be featured on the NBC family of networks, with broadcast details below. Full tournament schedule can be found here.
Saturday Schedule (all times eastern)
Game 1 vs Penn State- 9:40 AM- Peacock
Game 2 vs Lindenwood- 11:20 AM- Peacock
Game 3 vs Clemson- 2:27 PM- CNBC