All games will feature custom Samurai rugby balls; referees and tournament staff will wear premium Samurai Sportswear; winning teams of the premier divisions will each receive a set of Samurai jerseys.
The New York Rugby Sevens Tournament (NY7s) announced today that the internationally renowned teamwear company, Samurai Sportswear, will be a sponsor for this year’s tournament to be held on Saturday, November 26, on Randall’s Island in New York City.
Randall’s Island is located under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the TriBoro) which connects the three boroughs of Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, in the heart of New York City and boasts approximately half of all the athletic fields in Manhattan.
From its humble beginnings NY7s has developed into a truly global event with 12 divisions consisting of women’s and men’s premier, club, collegiate, and social squads as well as premier and club divisions for high school girls and high school boys. The tournament welcomed 135 teams in 2015 and is on track to meet and exceed that milestone in 2016. Organisers estimate that the event will have over 2200 participants on 14 fields, one of which will be dedicated to co-ed Rookie Rugby sessions for youth under 14’s.
2016 marks the return of a Samurai team to NY7s as the Samurai Barracudas invitational rugby sevens team will also be amongst the participating teams from around the world, making the Samurai name one of the most recognisable at the event. “We are delighted to be a sponsor of the NY7s, an event held in iconic New York City and we are very excited to see the Samurai brand featured in such an amazing location,” stated Colan Leung, Head of International Sales at Samurai Sportswear. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Samurai Sportswear to progress even further into the US market and provide significant value to our business, whilst providing staff and players at the tournament with our premium kit.”
Rosalie MacGowan, NYRC Club President & member of the NY7s Executive Committee, notes “We’re thrilled to have Samurai Sportswear in our NY7s sponsor family and are equally thrilled to welcome the Samurai Rugby 7s team back to the Men’s Premier Division; we look forward to a successful event!”
Marta Tartar, NY7s 2016 Tournament Director, concurred, adding, “NY7s is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Samurai Sportswear this year and know that it will help elevate the level of the game and the tournament as a whole. As we continue to establish ourselves in the line of top rugby tournaments around the US, brands like Samurai Sportswear will help put us at the top and enhance the experience for all players and participants.”