Harlequins Host National Championship

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Players and spectators watch the 7’s National Championship at Founders Field, Pittsburgh. Photo by Matt Nash.

The Pittsburgh Harlequins, competing in the highest level of rugby in North America, were unable to secure a spot in the top 16 to compete in the National Championships- but showed class and know-how as they hosted the 2013 Emirates Airline Men’s and Women’s National 7’s Rugby Championship.  The culminating event for the sport was held at Founders FIeld for the first time since 2006.  over 2000 spectators and players were on hand to watch the top 32 men’s and women’s teams battle for the title of National Champion.

The Harlequins, who volunteer as mentors to at-risk area youth, helped organize and produce the premier rugby event in the country.  With over 100 volunteers each day, including everything from  referees and parking attendants, the Harlequins and Founders Field consistently produce top tier rugby and events.   Nick Koon, Vice President of the Harlequins Rugby Club, noted “The Harlequins are a home town team.  Players come to Pittsburgh to play rugby with us; but by and large the players are local domestic athletes.  We continue to welcome crossover athletes from the region that are looking to compete at the highest level of sport.”

The Harlequins train Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, and are coached by Internationally know Coqui Moreno.  For more information about learning the game or joining the club, please contact Alex Gordon at [email protected]