hunger task force

The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association is proud to annouce that we are partnering with the Hunger Task Force and to hold a food drive during this year's event. 

All participants and attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to the tourney to donate. They are particularly in need of items for kids during these summer months such as peanut butter, snack bars, etc.


The Lakefront 7s is pleased to announce the TENTATIVE 2016 schedule for sevens and flag rugby. 

In addition to the printed schedules below, check out the interactive map above of the teams in the rugby sevens event. Click a location marker for team details, and use th filtering tools at the bottom to limit the teams displayed to specific brackets.

Check-in 1-hour before kick-off

Teams must check in at the registration table one our before their first match. Any team that fails to check in on time will forfeit their first match.

Sign Waivers

Everyone participating in rugby sevens must complete a waiver (Name, signature, CIPP #) before taking the field. Waiver forms can be downloaded here, or completed at the registration table during check-in.

Play nice. Have fun.

The Lakefront 7s is all about safety first, fun second. Be sure to familiarize you and your team with the event rules.

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The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association is pleased to announce that three changes/clarifications are being made to our tournament rules.

Roster Expansion

The first change relates to the roster size which has been expanded from 12 to 16 for all matches except those in a USA Rugby Qualifier bracket. This change addresses the fact that in the past, teams have fielded players not listed on their event waiver. In addition, this adds some flexibility in our 1-day format that can see teams playing up to 5 matches.

Regardless of the bracket being played, the active roster for any one match remains capped at 12 players, and players may not move between teams nor brackets.

Rolling Substitutions

The second change relates to substitutions. As of June 18, 2016 and following World Rugby Sevens Law Variation 3.4, a team may substitute the same player more than once as long as no more than 5 substitutions are made in total in any one game.

This variation was approved by the USA Rugby Committee as reported by USA Rugby Law sub-committee Chairman Peter Watson.

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Have not yet registered your rugby team for Lakefront 7s? Mr. Johnson is not impressed.
Have not yet registered your rugby team for Lakefront 7s? Mr. Johnson is not impressed.

With the 2016 Lakefront 7s Rugby Tournament less than 3 weeks away, organizers are in final preparations.

To help finalize brackets and prepare the match schedule for the day, registration for all brackets will close on Tuesday, June 28th at 11PM local Milwaukee time.

At time of this writing, the Men's and Women's Open/Social brackets are full. If you would like to be considered if a spot opens up in these brackets, please purchase a refundable WAITING LIST ticket. Each four teams that sign up on the waiting list means we can expand the bracket. 

Refundable Waiting List Also Available - Click to Register

This is Mike. Mike is 6'4" tall. He forgot to bring a camping chair to a sevens tournament. Don't be like Mike.
This is Mike. Mike is 6'4" tall. He forgot to bring a camping chair to a sevens tournament. Don't be like Mike.

For most of the United States, the first weekend of June marks the unofficial start of the summer rugby sevens season. 

Around the country, clubs are recruiting players and sevens tournaments are preparing to host their events.

And with the Rio Olympics  fast approaching — featuring rugby sevens for the first time in history — 2016 is shaping up to be an epic summer of rugby.

But whether or not you and your team have a fun and successful summer of rugby depends on many factors that are well within your control.

In fact, avoiding just a few rookie mistakes like those outlined below will maximize your teams chance at having a great summer sevens season.  

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Congratulations to all of our Champions on a fantastic day of rugby. We can't wait to do it all again next year!

Women's Qualifier

For the second consecutive year, the Youngblood women’s program has won the Midwest Qualifier/Competitive Championship at Milwaukee’s Lakefront 7s.

To raise the trophy, the ‘Bloodz defeated the Lions (Chicago, IL) 31-27 in a repeat of the 2014 Final. 

The full Women’s Qualifier points are awarded as follows:

1. Youngbloodz (Minneapolis, MN)
2. Lions (Chicago, IL)
3. Wolfhounds (Cincinnati, OH)
4. Gazelles (Grand Rapids, MI)
5. 1823 (Columbus, OH)
6. CRFC White (Cincinnati, OH)

Men's Qualifier

For the Men’s Qualifier, 2014 runner-up 1823-A (Columbus, OH) hoisted the Championship trophy in very close match with the Barbarians D1 — the Milwaukee rugby athletic club and hometown side.

The match was a tight affair but despite the Barbarians holding 1823 scoreless during a yellow card to Milwaukee, the visitors squeaked past 17-12.

Thus, the Men’s Qualifier results were awarded as follows:

1. 1823-A (Columbus, OH)
2. Barbarians D1 (Milwaukee, WI)
3. 1823-B (Columbus, OH)
4. Youngbloodz (Minneapolis, MN)
5. Wolfhounds (Cincinnati, OH)
6. CARPS (Cleveland, OH)
7. Lions-B (Chicago, IL)
8. Blaze (Chicago, IL)

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There is still 48 hours left to enter the draw for a 2015 Rugby World Cup Wallaby Jersey.

Entering is fast and easy:

1. Open your official 2015 Laqkefront 7s program to page 17.

2. Send the text message WALLABY to the number shown.

3. Follow the instructions on your phone.

On Thursday, July 2nd at midnight, we'll be closing the contest and randomly selecting a winner who can choose the cut (male/female) and size of the jersey.


Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association announced today that the Wisconsin Brewing Company is returning as the official beverage provider of the 2015 Lakefront 7s rugby tournament.

The historic Milwaukee rugby event — the largest of it’s kind in the nation — will feature Wisconsin Brewing products exclusively at the dedicated beer tent and throughout the venue with a mobile concession stand.

A sampling tent will also offer free tastings. 

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The unofficial schedule for the 2015 Lakefront 7s is now available (see above).

The Lakefront 7s does not have a Captains meeting, but all teams are required to appear at the check-in table 1 hour before thier first match. 

Please note that referees will not be assigned to matches unless both teams have checked in, and any teams not appearing within 2 minutes of their match will forfeit the match to the team that does appears.

2015 Lakefront 7s Qualifier pools

The Men's and Women's qualifier pools for the 2015 Lakefront 7s have been set by the Midwest Rugby Football Union. 

As you can see above, the top 3 Mwen's teams from Madtown 7s — the first leg in the Midwest Qualifier series — have each been assigned to one of the 3 pools. 

The rest of the teams were assigned randomly.

On the Women's side, the teams were drawn randomly as the Milwaukee rugby event is the first leg of the Women's Qualifier.

With the Qualifier pools set, the full schedule for all the brackets at the Lakefront 7s will be finalized and published shortly.

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Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association announced today that Johnsonville Sausage, LLC will be the official supplier of Bratwurst, Brat Patties and Grillers for the 2015 tournament.

Johnsonville returns for a second consecutive year as a sponsor of the Lakefront 7s, a local sporting tradition in the Midwest that attracts an average of 150 rugby teams to Milwaukee each year since 1982.

“Johnsonville has been a great partner.” said Pat Sharpe, sponsor coordinator for the Lakefront 7s. “And to be honest, folks just love their products. The Brat burgers, Grillers were by far the hottest item at the concessions table last year.”

Johnsonville Sausage has been a strong supporter of local / community events for many years. For example, for the past 20 years Johnsonville's Big Taste Grill has gone on a national tour to share the great taste of Johnsonville sausage with people. Proceeds from selling sausage are given to local charities along the tour route, and over $3.5 million has been donated since the tour started in 1995.

“Johnsonville Sausage is proud to support the Lakefront 7s Tournament and the Milwaukee Barbarians rugby team, and appreciates the value they add for rugby fans and the players.” said Sr. Brand Manager Ron Schroder. “They are terrific representatives for the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.”

Johnsonville products will be available throughout the day at the Lakefront 7s with the food service starting at 10:00AM and continuing through 6PM.

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Milwaukee magazine June 2015
See page 128 of the June 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine for the original

Don't look now, but Milwaukee Magazine has added the 2015 Lakefront 7s to the June issue of their popular monthly magazine.

Just flip to page 128 of this City Guide issue to see the Lakefront 7s listing in their Milwaukee calendar. 

We can't wait to see some of the Milwaukee Magazine readership down at the Lakefront on June 27 for a great day of Milwaukee rugby football!

rugby tournament donates shirts
Tournament director Vic Drover shipping shirts at USPS

The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association is proud to announce that they have donated shirts and a few jerseys to the upcoming Wisconsin Boys High School State Championships. 

The Championship will be held on Saturday, May 30th at Schneider Fields at St. Norbert University in De Pere, Wisconsin. The event features 30 teams from both the Badgerland and NEW conferences with both Division 1 and Division 2 matches. 

All donated shirts and jerseys will be used in a T-shirt toss during the downtime between matches.

"We are thrilled to help out any event that promotes rugby, and the Wisconsin State Championship is an excellent partner in this effort." said Victor Drover, director of the Lakefront 7s Tournament. "A successful future for rugby depends on kids of all ages getting excited about the game, and every year the State Championship makes that happen for the youth in our great state." 

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Milwaukee – Lakefront 7s has recently signed Serevi Rugby as a Gold-level sponsor for its 2015 event.

The partnership includes ad placement in the event program, banners located throughout the venue and various Serevi communications distributed throughout the lead-up to the tournament.

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Today we are happy to announce that effective immediately, there will be no cost to join the wait list for the Lakefront 7s rugby tournament. 

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Today we are proud to announce the inaugural Papa Joe Golf Outing!

This first event will be held on June 26, 2015 at the Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls, WI. It celebrates the life and accomplishments of one of the most influential people in the history of rugby in Wisconsin: 'Papa' Joe Kloiber.  

Joe is responsible for or involved in many of the recognizable teams in the greater Milwaukee area — including the Barbarians, the West Side Harlequins, and the Marquette University High School boys team — as well as founding the Lakefront 7s in 1982. 

In 2012, Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but still travels around the country attending rugby matches and charity events. 

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Having filled up in record time, today the Lakefront 7s added 3 more spots to the Women's social bracket.

This brings the total bring the total number of Women's sides up to 16 in the bracket. 

The Men's Social bracket is also half-full with the remaining brackets filling quickly. 

The Lakefront 7s sells out earlier each year, so if you do not yet have your team ticket, be sure to get one soon before they are all taken.

Educators Credit Union


Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association announced today that Educators Credit Union will be supporting the 2015 Lakefront 7s as a Silver Sponsor.

“We are thrilled to have Educators Credit Union return as a sponsor.” said Victor Drover, Director of the Lakefront 7s. “And to see them increase to the Silver level says a lot about the value of sponsoring a local event.”

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Milwaukee – The Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association announced today that Rugby Athletic will be the exclusive apparel and merchandise partner for the Lakefront 7s, the largest summer rugby event in the USA.

Held in Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Lakefront 7s is a local sporting tradition in the Midwest and attracts an average of 150 rugby teams to Veteran’s Park for one day of competition. This year, the event will be held on June 27. The partnership will shift all apparel-related activities — including design, production, sales and distribution — to Rugby Athletic.

“Chris and his team at Rugby Athletic have a lot of event experience.” said Victor Drover, Director of the Lakefront 7s. “With the growth we’ve experienced in the last few years, the time was right to bring in a professional vendor to allow the organizing committee and our volunteers from the Milwaukee rugby community to focus on making the event enjoyable for all.”

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Today the Milwaukee Rugby Sevens Association received official word that the Lakefront 7s rugby tournament was selected as an official venue for the USA Rugby National Club Sevens Championship.

Every year in August, USA Rugby organizes the Championship to determine the top rugby sevens clubs in the nation. To be eligible for the Championship, teams compete around the country in a series of Qualifier events in their geographic region. 

In the Midwest, two women's teams and two men's teams are selected to represent the region at the Championship. The local selection process is called the Midwest Sevens Qualifier Series and consists of a set of events held across the region at locally organized rugby sevens tournaments.

On June 27th, the Milwaukee-based Lakefront 7s — the largest summer rugby event in the nation — will host the first leg of the women's series and the second leg of the men's series.

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But don't wait to purchase your tickets. The promotion ends when 25 tickets have been sold or on April 30th - whichever comes first! 

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