This year’s Siskiyou 7’s Tournament is being held Saturday, Aug. 12, at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

Last year’s winner, Chico Rugby Club, will return to defend the title against seven other men’s clubs including the hosts, Siskiyou County Bear-Wolves Rugby Football Club.

The Bear-Wolves would like to thank Mount Shasta Patients Collective, Dr. Keith Warde of Shasta Sports Chiro, Roseburg Forest Products, Jefferson’s Road House, KZ Insurance, Small Town Ink, Shasta Base Camp, Berryvale Grocery, Sportsmen’s Den, Les Schwab, Kevin Charter, CFP, of Edward Jones, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Mount Shasta. Ramshaw Ace Hardware and Elite Realty.

Rugby is America’s fastest growing sport, according to tournament organizer Quin McDowell. It has had previous exposure in Siskiyou County with the State of Jefferson Elite Rugby Club based in Yreka.

The Bear-Wolves are made up of residents from both north and south county and are always looking for new players regardless of experience level, according to McDowell, who states in an email, “There are excellent rugby resources in the area that have high level playing experience. This shouldn’t deter anyone, if anything it should be encouraging because you’re learning from people who know and understand the game.

“The biggest differences I see between rugby and football are injuries, officiating, and playing career. There are very few people that move on to play competitive football after high school. With rugby you see men’s and women’s leagues all over the country playing for national championships in 3 divisions of play yearly. I did say men AND women.

“If anyone is interested in joining the Bear-Wolves they are more than welcome to join us at our touch rugby practices, 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights at the College of the Siskiyous football stadium practice field, or get ahold of Quin at 925-6687.

“Touch rugby is a fun variation that helps new players learn the game without having to worry about getting hurt as well as improves cardiovascular fitness. This event is free to the public, so come out to support your local rugby team with the first match starting at 9 a.m. Spectators can expect to see speed and quickness along with some big hits!”