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Williams and Merlins ready for RugbyTown 7s

by | Aug 23, 2017 | Elite Men

David Williams knows what it takes to win the RugbyTown 7s tournament.

The Glendale Merlins Men’s 7s head coach has done it once before. He was a part of the U.S. team that won it all in the tournament’s early years.

David Williams

Photo by Justin Purdy

In his first RugbyTown 7s as the Merlins’ head coach, Williams is not only ready to make a run at the finals once again, he’s just ready to compete against some of the best rugby talent in the world in a tournament that he believes is growing into one of the best sevens tournaments in the world.

“I think just competing at a high level against some international teams and international talent,” Williams said. “I think it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase Infinity Park and Glendale and the perfect opportunity to raise the standard of this sevens tournament.”

The Merlins will get a taste of that international talent that Williams speaks of right off the bat. As a part of Pool D, the Merlins will face the British Army, the Cayman Islands, Negro Y Azul from Austin, Texas and the SoCal Griffins.

The opportunity to compete against some of the best sevens teams in the world is a unique opportunity for the Merlins to not only see where they stand, but to also set a higher standard of play moving forward as well.

“It really raises the expectations of the players and that’s the reason why we train and play at this level,” Williams said. “We don’t want to play down. We always want to raise our expectations. We always want to raise our level of play.”

The benefits of having international talent in the city of Glendale does wonders for the competition on the field, but it also does wonders for the city itself. The attention that the three-day tournament brings is unmatched.

“Oh, it’s massive,” Williams said of the scale of the tournament. “We are RugbyTown USA. The more we can pull top-level talent into the city and showcase the sport of rugby, it’s only going to grow Glendale within local community and into the greater community with our tv coverage and the media coverage that we’re getting.”

The three-day tournament, which features a beer fest on Saturday, is set to kick off on Friday, August 25 and will run through Sunday, August 27. To purchase tickets, visit rugbytown7s.com.