The premier 7s side associated with the New Orleans Rugby Club (Royales) started a determined effort to win a national championship by capturing the Atlanta MidNight 7s on .June 16th . They went 4-0 through the tournament defeating the Atlanta Renegades 41-17 in the championship game,
On July 11th the New Orleans Royale drew national attention when they dominated the Cape Fear 7s.
Going undefeated through the pool play they won the semi-final 35-5 over Kenya Exiles and then defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the final 40-5.
From a StarNews Online article “New Orleans had been a constant dominating force throughout the weekend, and the championship game was no different.
Scoring in the first 30 seconds of the game and then again almost a minute later, they quickly racked up 14 points.
The Trinidadians tried their best to run through the Royale’s tight defense, but the size comparison between players for Trinidad and Royale just didn’t match up.
New Orleans was in sync through every play, and ended up with a crushing defeat over Trinidad 40-5.”
The Royale romped at Baton Rouge Redfish 7s and set their sites on qualification at the US South qualifying tournament in Atlanta on the weekend of July 27th. Only 3 teams were competing from the South – Daytona, Atlanta Renegades, Atlanta Old White & New Orleans Royale.
New Orleans qualified for the nationals as 2nd seed from the south. Atalanta Old White defeated the Royales in the final,
At the Nationals Championships in Pittsburgh on August 10th the Royals lost their 3 pool matches to Old Blue, San Fransico Golden Gate, and 1823 (Columbus) with 40 points for and 57 against. On the 2nd day the Royales went undefested to gain the Bowl trophy (9th place) . In the Bowl final they defeated 1823.