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Binghamton University Rugby Team Gears Up for Tournament

No word on whether Baxter will be in attendance tomorrow as the Binghamton University Rugby Football Club hosts a tournament in the Town of Union.
No word on whether Baxter will be in attendance tomorrow as the Binghamton University Rugby Football Club hosts a tournament in the Town of Union.

The rugby team unpacked its new uniforms today in preparation for an Olympic Sevens event at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex off Airport Rd.

It's called sevens because that's the number of players on the field. And Olympic because Sevens Rugby will become an Olympic sport at the next Summer Games in Rio.

Members of the club sport say it's a fast paced game that blends football and soccer with plenty of action and hard hits. Club President-Elect Chris Mallinson was looking to get involved in sports at the university.

"I was always a football player. I came to Binghamton and there was no football. And one of the big guys said to me, why don't you come to the rugby practice today. I said I don't know, and he said no you're going to come. And he really pushed me for it and as soon as I went I was in love. The team is great. It's a lot of fun. There's really nothing I don't like about it," said Millinson.

Tomorrow's event is one of four qualifying tournaments to reach nationals in Virginia Beach next month. It features teams from other colleges that make up the Empire Rugby Conference including Syracuse University, Stony Brook and Saint Bonaventure.

It runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with about four games taking place each hour.

There is no charge for admission.
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