Rugby Continues to Grow in Chico

Aug 18, 2013 7:48 PM

The sport of rugby continues to grow in Chico.

Eight teams from northern California took to Wildwood Park on Saturday for the 75th annual Mighty Oaks Rugby Sevens tournament.

With youth, college, men's and women's teams, rugby in Chico just keeps getting bigger.

This tournament was considered a "friendly" meaning the games were played more for the competition, rather than the score.

The idea behind this tournament is to promote the sport and hopefully gain a few new players in the process.

"It's definitely getting awareness out more people know about it know this tournament and the youth program more people see it and they learn more about it. We're spreading the word it's the best sport there is and everyone should love it," said Owen Bentz.

Rugby sevens continues to grow internationally as well. It will be an event in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


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