The USA High School All Americans 7s team spent part of their preparation for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s in England with a session run by Ben Gollings, former England Sevens Captain and HSBC ambassador.
The High School All-American Sevens team have been selected by coaches from across the United States to represent USA Rugby at the world’s largest schools rugby sevens festival, which includes 7,000 athletes each year.
The squad arrive on Tuesday and were greeted by former England Sevens Captain Gollings and the leading point’s scorer on the HSBC Sevens World Series, who took the team through their paces during an exclusive coaching clinic at the tournament.
“We’re here in the UK for the next two weeks giving the boys a flavor of both sevens and fifteens rugby during our stay," said HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson, referring also to the Wellington Festival the 15s team will play in. "We have wanted to compete at this tournament for a while, so to be here now is fantastic. Getting the chance to train with Ben as well has been amazing; it’s always a pleasure meeting great players and for the team to train with Ben was brilliant.”
The High School All Americans play Friday at 10:20 local time against Welsh team Dyffryn Taf, 11:40 against Lycee Francais, 1:20pm against Nottingham, and 2:20 against King Edwards VI.
Nu’u Aiava, captain of the High School All American team said: “This opportunity means a lot to us over in the States. We don’t often get the chance to compete against teams in other countries so this opportunity is amazing for us. We had great fun with Ben, and now we’re looking forward to seeing how we do against all the other teams competing here in the tournament.”
“It just goes to show how international the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens is. For a team to come over from America and take part this week is fantastic for them and for the tournament," added Gollings. "They looked very sharp out there so I hope they do well in the tournament and get off to a good start when they start their campaign on Thursday.”