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Battleship Rugby Ignites Faster Play with New Series

May 19th, 2016

MOBILE, Ala. -  With support from the Mobile Sports Authority, the Battleship Rugby Club will launch their inaugural Battleship Rugby Invitational Tournament Series (B.R.I.T.) on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 with the “Seersucker Sevens” Rugby Tournament Presented by the Mobile Sports Authority. The tournament will highlight the newly-popular seven-sided line-up per team (versus the standard 15-player per team version) bringing a faster pace of play to Battleship Park. Tournament play will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning featuring teams ranging in ages from youth to senior. Play will conclude at 3 p.m.  

The BRIT Seersucker Sevens Presented by the Mobile Sports Authority, as with all BRITS battles, will be held at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on the Causeway which creates a one-of-a-kind setting with the famous U.S.S Alabama Battleship as a backdrop for the tournament.

“We are very excited to be hosting another rugby tournament at the Battleship Memorial Park.  The tournament will showcase the fast-paced, hard hitting, Sevens style rugby of men and women teams from Senior, Collegiate, and U-19 and feature youth age teams competing in flag rugby.” Battleship Rugby President, Taylor McElroy, stated. “Sevens style rugby will get a lot of exposure during the Olympics this Summer in Rio and we hope the exposure will help grow rugby in the Mobile and Baldwin counties.  All ages and genders are encouraged to come to the tournament to watch rugby live and learn why it’s the fastest growing sport in the nation.”  

“With the addition of ‘Rugby Sevens’ for the first time to this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, this new event is a way for Mobile area sports fans to come out and watch a version of what we will see this summer at the 2016 Summer Games,” added Danny Corte, Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority. “Even though the Sevens game itself has been around a long time, we are excited to be bringing this version of rugby to Mobile for the first time.” 
  For further tournament information or to register your team, please visit    

About Battleship Rugby
The Battleship Rugby Club consists of Senior Men's, Senior Women's, U19, and U12 teams which compete across the Gulf Coast and Southeast and is the only rugby organization in the Mobile Bay area. The Club has been competing on multiple skill levels and across multiple divisions every year since 1975; and whether a prospective participant is new to rugby or new to the Mobile area, the Club wants to invite anyone interested in the sport of rugby to become either a player or a fan (or both) now. For more information on the Battleship Rugby Club or how someone could get involved, please visit    
About the Mobile Sports Authority 
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) is a non-profit sports commission formed in 2008 by the Mobile County Commission. The main mission is to create a positive economic and public relations impact for Mobile County, the City of Mobile, and the region through attracting, hosting, managing and supporting sporting events. MSA is the main point of contact for sports and sports-related activities for the Mobile County area. For more information on MSA, please visit