Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The MJAAs will be back in the Junior World Rugby Trophy (JWRT) following their unsuccessful IRB Junior World Championship campaign this year. The MJAAs lost all five of their matches in France, including a 109-0 loss to eventual champion England. As host country of the JWRT in 2012, the MJAAs captured the title of champions with a 37-33 win against Japan in the Final at Murray Rugby Park Stadium.
The large number of players in attendance will allow the MJAA coaching staff to test the candidates with game-type scenarios, during which rugby skill and rugby IQ will be on display as players are evaluated on technical proficiency, skill and performance.
Among the players invited were seven Nation Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) players.
Standing L to R: Daniel Zupin, Western New England Univ., Codi Jones, Cal Maritime Academy, Ky Young, New England College, Thomas Robles, Santa Rosa JC, Shane Dempsey, Salve Regina Univ. and James Tayson, New England College
Kneeling: Valdemar Lee-Lo, Sierra Collegiate
As part of NSCRO’s support of the growth and development of Small College rugby, NSCRO sent each player $100 to help offset the $150 camp fee charged by USA Rugby.
For the latest Small College rugby news, visit http://www.nscro.org .