Dates set for 2016 Atlanta 7s - April 8 & 9 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium

BOULDER, Colo. - Atlanta 7s - the U.S. leg of the 2015-2016 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series - returns to the Peach State for the third consecutive year. The tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

Atlanta 7s will be the last home tournament for the Women's Eagles Sevens prior to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New head coach Jules McCoy is excited at the prospect of playing in front of a home crowd for the first time.

"We have an asterisk by Atlanta 7s as a team because playing our game in front of our home crowd is empowering and uplifting," McCoy said. "We will need every available fan of the program, past and present, to come celebrate the program's inaugural Olympic campaign.

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"If we can get the support we need from our fans like we did last year, maybe our No. 2 finish can be improved upon. We need our support system in place this year more than ever."

Last spring, the Eagles qualified for the Atlanta 7s Cup Final and finished second on the back of a pro-U.S. crowd in Georgia. The team then qualified for the Olympics June 14 by taking the top honors at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships in Cary, N.C.

The 2016 Atlanta 7s will feature 12 of the world's best women's teams competing for the tournament trophy in a two-day format. Pool matches will take place on Day 1 (Friday, April 8) with knockout and championship clashes on Day 2 (Saturday, April 9).

"We are looking forward to welcoming the teams to Kennesaw State University's Fifth Third Bank Stadium again in April 2016," USA Rugby International Events Director Kellie Cavalier said. "The competition never fails to excite and fans should love the new Saturday prime-time finals schedule."

Atlanta 7s has involved much of the rugby community over the past two years and 2016 will be no exception. Details on clinics and courses will be announced throughout the coming months. Additionally, the Atlanta 7s Rugby Festival returns, offering opportunities for spectators and teams to play rugby around the international tournament. Individuals and teams interested in competing are asked to express their interest via this form.

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UPDATED 23 MARCH 2016: Jules McCoy is no longer the head coach of the USA Women's Eagles Sevens. Richie Walker has been appointed as new head coach.

About Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Fifth Third Bank Stadium is a state of the art facility within the 88 picturesque acres of the Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park sitting at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain. Located less than a mile from both 575 andI-75, the venue is 18 miles north of downtown Atlanta in Cobb County. Built in 2010 the stadium is home to the Kennesaw State Owls and Atlanta Blaze and also frequently hosts professional and inter nation sporting events as well as concerts and festivals.

About the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series
With rugby sevens achieving year-on year record attendance, viewership and engagement figures, and excitement building ahead of its Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016, World Rugby has partnered with HSBC for the World Rugby Sevens Series and World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. The announcement is a further boost to World Rugby's mission to grow and inspire new participants and audiences around the globe and also reinforces HSBC's long-term rugby commitment of investing in the game from community to elite level as the sport continues to experience unprecedented global growth ahead of sevens' Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016.

"We need our support system in place this year more than ever."
Jules McCoy