Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced Thursday the dates and locations for the USA Rugby 2014 Regional All Star Tournaments.
Rugby players enrolled in high school for the 2013-14 academic year will be eligible for selection for his or her respective Regional All Star Tournament (RAST). Players interested in participating can inquire within his or her home state’s local rugby organization regarding joining an all-star team or travel team which may attend one of the RASTs.
The formation of a Girls High School All-American team, coupled with the successes of the Boys High School All-Americans under head coach Salty Thompson, has highlighted the new player development pathway, as well. USA Rugby Selectors at each RAST will scout for the GHSAAs and BHSAAs, with Thompson’s team already scheduled to participate in multiple competitions throughout 2014.
The success of the first set of RASTs was visible in the level of play of the nation’s top boys and girls at the inaugural USA Rugby High School All-American Stars v. Stripes Camp at the University of Northern Colorado. A week-long camp for players with the country’s best coaches and scouts, the Stars v. Stripes Camp gives young players a taste of the work necessary to represent the United States on a national level.
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“I think everyone – coaches, USA Rugby and University of Northern Colorado staff included – has left revitalized with the outlook of the development pathway and youth rugby in America,” USA Rugby High Performance Player Development Director Luke Gross said following both Stars v. Stripes matches.
For more information, please contact USA Rugby National Teams Administrator Nick Tricarico.
USA Rugby 2014 Regional All Star Tournaments
Pacific Northwest: Tournament: Great Northwest Challenge Dates: June 21-22 Location: Delta Park East | Portland, Ore. Contact: Jenn Heinrich
About USA Rugby Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.