The USA 7s CRC tournament has expanded to include an event for military teams.
As well as featuring a women’s, boys’ HS, girls’ HS, and Small College tournaments, the CRC weekend will include a 7s tournament for senior military all-star teams. The All-Army, All-Air Force, All-Navy, All-Marines, and All-Coast Guard squads will convene on Philadelphia for the weekend of June 1.
They will play pool matches in Philadelphia and finish up their games in PPL Park in Chester, Pa. during the CRC’s final day.
The various branches of the United States military have pledged their support and are working hard to release players for the tournament. This adds a special patriotic feel to an already astounding event.
With 32 boys teams, 16 girls teams, eight women’s college teams, and over 40 men’s college teams in two competitions, along with the military event, the CRC and its satellite tournaments has expanded massively since its inception in 2010.
The USA U20s officially start their Junior World Championship buildup with a two-game series against the Canadian U20s this week.
The teams will meet at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., and this is the final opportunity for players to push for a place in the JWC squad.
“We have to balance training and games,” said USA U20 Head Coach Jason Kelly. “In a lot of ways we get more done with training, because with a series of games, such as this one, we’re working on recovery and then one session, and then a run-through, before the next game. But at the same time, you train to play, and I think it’s important to see the guys compete as a unit.”
Kelly said he feels his squad is “highly skilled” but probably smaller than the 2012 version. That would be an issue as they go up against South Africa, France and England.
“These are kids that go from an academy setup – they are essentially professionals,” said Kelly. “Some of them have played for their national 7s team. It is a massive challenge.”
Of course, the USA does have the likes of Mike Te’o, who has suited up for the USA 7s team on the World Series circuit. And he, along with the likes of Cameron Falcon, Nick Barrett, and Henry Hall, will provide some much-needed veteran leadership.
“We will have to rely on the players who were on the squad last year,” said Kelly. “Their experience is crucial.”
The coach said there’s still a ton of work to be done with the team, which will assemble in Atlanta before moving on to France to play in June. Their realistic goal will be to win one game, which will be enough to keep them in the JWC for another year. That all starts with May 8 and May 11 against Canada in Blaine.
IRB's Total Rugby television series, distributed globally, took a look at the story of 7s Eagle Carlin Isles. He's shown working with some young Scottish sprinters while in Glasgow for the World Series last week.
The Boys High School National Invitational Championship, slated for May 16-18 in Elkhart, Ind., has announced its final list of participating teams, and seedings.
Using a variety of criteria to decide which teams would be invited and how they were seeded - including RUGBYMag.com rankings, results this season and over the past few years, and ability to fulfill commitments - the panel of high school coaches confirmed the list late Tuesday night.
The teams will play in a quarterfinal-semifinal-final bracket format, with first-round losing teams going into a consolation bracket.
All teams will play a single game each day of the three-day event. Games will be held at the Moose Rugby Grounds.
The Single School bracket and seeds are: 1 Gonzaga HS, Washington DC 2 Xavier HS, New York 3 Jesuit, Sacramento, Calif. 4 Penn, Elkhart, Ind. 5 Charlotte Catholic, Charlotte, NC 6 Herriman HS, Herriman, Utah 7 Dixon HS, Dixon, Calif. 8 Chapin HS, Chapin, SC
The High School Club bracket and seeds are: 1 Cathedral Royal Irish, Indianapolis, Ind. 2 Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo. 3 KC Jr Blues, Kansas City, Mo. 4 Danville Oaks, Danville, Calif. 5 San Diego Mustangs, San Diego, Calif. 6 United, Alpine, Utah 7 Westerville, Columbus, Ohio 8 Marin Highlanders, Marin, Calif.
In addition, eight more teams were invited and this week, during the seeding process, were placed in a crossover tier, so-named because the bracket mixes single-school and multi-school teams.
These teams will compete for a separate Crossover/Tier II trophy: Greenwich HS, Greenwich, Conn. Notre Dame de La Salette, Georgetown, Ill. Park Hill South, Kansas City, Mo. Brownsburg HS, Brownsburg, Ind. Maryland Exiles, Rockville, Md. Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids, Mich. St Thomas Aquinas, Kansas City, Mo. Brother Rice, Chicago, Ill.
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