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Written by Press Release    Friday, 09 March 2012 18:37    PDF Print Write e-mail
100 Days Until Junior World Trophy
International - International News



  • NBC appointed Broadcast Partner
  • Planning and preparation on track
  • Murray Field, Salt Lake City, is named host venue

With just over 100 days to go until the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 gets underway in Salt Lake City, the venue, pools and match schedule have been announced for the key international Age Grade tournament.


The showcase IRB fifteens tournament will see Utah’s Murray Field take center stage, hosting four back to back matches across the four match days, kicking off on Monday, June 18.

Reflecting the strong collaboration between USA Rugby, the IRB and Rugby World Cup 2011 rights holding broadcaster NBC Sports, the tournament will enjoy full coverage via www.usarugby.org with all 16 matches being streamed live.


The hosts will face pre-tournament favorites Tonga on the opening day, but not before Japan, who have finished runners-up for the past two years, take on the hugely improved Zimbabwe, Chile face Russia and Georgia play Canada in the eight-team event.


The format will see the winners of the two pools face each other in the Final on Saturday, June 30 to claim the title and with it promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.


For the full match schedule click here>>

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said, “Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the US and therefore it is wholly appropriate that one of our flagship events should be hosted by a country that has a huge appetite and enthusiasm for the sport. I am sure that Salt Lake City will be exceptional hosts and that USA Rugby will maximise the potential of this event to further boost awareness and participation."


“The single venue format together with some hugely anticipated matches, including the USA in action against Russia and Tonga, plus the live streaming of all matches to an exciting Rugby market will ensure continued exposure for a sport which is rapidly capturing hearts and minds.”


Preparations are on track with tournament organizers anticipating huge interest in a sport which continues to gain significant momentum in one of the world's major markets, particularly following the decision to admit Rugby Sevens to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.


“Salt Lake City is gearing itself up for a wonderful tournament and the opportunity to showcase the Game across the country, with high-quality Rugby and some of the best young players in the world on show,” said Nigel Melville, USA Rugby CEO and President of Rugby Operations.


“This region is a hotbed of Rugby in the US, with the Game expanding in schools, high schools and through strategic college programs. We expect thousands of fans to embrace the chance to see elite Rugby and cheer on the USA team, and teams such as Tonga which will be well supported by the local population.”


The tournament will aim to exceed the record-breaking event in Georgia last year, and provide compelling and entertaining Rugby whilst leaving a lasting legacy for the Game in the host nation.


Russia’s Denis Simplikevich became one of the latest of the 82 JWRT graduates to grace the world stage when he made his Test debut at Rugby World Cup 2011.

Tai Enosa, Scott LaValla and Shawn Pittman who now play regularly for the Eagles at fifteens and Sevens, also cut their teeth on the world stage at IRB age grade tournaments.

 
Written by Cody Secker    Friday, 09 March 2012 17:25    PDF Print Write e-mail
Big Weekend in NCRC
Colleges - Men's DI College


It’s yet another great weekend for the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) and already there’s been a roller-coaster ride of events. Driving conditions leading to cancellations and upsets are only two variables thrown into a pot of unpredictability. Nevertheless, we look at the weekend ahead.

Simon Fraser (1-2) will have to travel to foreign territory to take on the Washington Huskies (1-1). Both teams have rested plenty after last weekend’s cancellations and would love nothing better to get back into the league standings with a win.

SFU will heavily on their backline lead by outside center Mike Boleak to put some points up on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Huskies and scrumhalf Justin Santos will use everything in their arsenal to get past SFU’s stingy defense which ranks fourth in the conference giving up under two and half scores a game (2.3).

Next up is University of British Columbia (3-1) against Western Washington (0-3). The Thunderbirds are rolling as usual and boast an offense that averages 42 points a game and are looking to keep pace with Oregon State in the standings.

Meanwhile the Vikings are having a tough year and faced arguable the toughest schedule with their most recent loss coming against Oregon State. However, every team including UBC knows head coach Colin Campbell is getting his troupes ready for a fight and should never be written off by any means.

Over in Ellensburg, the Central Washington Wildcats (1-1) will take on the Oregon Ducks (1-2). The Ducks and coach Duffin McShane try to shake off a tough loss last weekend to the WSU Cougars and will look to use their top-five ranked defense (2.7 ppg) against the Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Coach Tony Pacheco and CWU had to postpone their game last weekend due to pass conditions and are looking for blood early. The Wildcats boast depth and balance and look to attack from multiple angles.

To round out the day, it’s the Oregon State Beavers (4-0) against the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-1). The Eagles have been resting for three weeks and need to get back to the rugby pitch. They will look towards their physical forward pack lead by flanker Eric Populus to contain the Beavers attack.

Oregon State has faced their share of close games and blowouts and look to keep things rolling in Cheney. The Beavers high-powered high offense put up 59 last weekend on the Vandals and has been lead lately by winger Nate Kimmel who has scored seven times in the last two games.


Northwest College Rugby Conference






Club W L T PF PA Diff BT BL Pts
UBC 3 1 0 168 24 144 3 1 16
OSU 3 0 0 134 25 109 2 0 14
WSU 2 1 1 46 67 -21 0 0 10
EWU 1 1 1 50 36 14 1 0 7
Oregon 1 2 0 42 50 -8 1 0 5
SFU 1 2 0 36 46 -10 0 1 5
UW 1 1 0 27 66 -39 1 0 5
Idaho 1 3 0 42 116 -74 1 0 5
CWU B 1 1 0 20 60 -40 0 0 4
WWU 0 3 0 25 100 -75 0 1 1


 
Written by Press Release    Friday, 09 March 2012 17:05    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada Women Name Squad for Hong Kong
Canada - Women


Canada are defending Dubai and USA 7s champions. Dobson Images.

Canada, the defending champions of the Hong Kong Sevens and reigning IRB Sevens Challenge Cup holders, have named their roster for the upcoming IRB event in China, which kicks off on March 23rd. 

Head Coach John Tait, having recently guided the Canadian women to a second consecutive victory at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, has named a strong side full of speed, power and experience.

 Leading the Canadians in pursuit of their sixth consecutive major tournament win will be experienced veterans like Kelly Russell, who played every minute of every game for Canada at their previous IRB Challenge Cup win, in Dubai.  Russell makes up one twelve of a squad which features a dynamic and exciting core of talent.  Powerful runners like Alberta's Jen Kish and Manitoba's Mandy Marchak will look to punch holes in opposition defence and make room for the raw speed and creativity embodied in the likes Ghislaine Landry and Ashley Steacy.

Selection for the Hong Kong tournament has been a process unrivaled in the history of Canadian women's rugby. Having assembled talent from Europe, the national club scene, as well as the Canadian university game, twenty committed athletes have spent months working on thier speed, fitness and skill at Rugby Canada's Centre of Excellence in Langford, British Columbia. 

The Canadian coaching staff has been able to gather an unprecedented amount of data on their players and have had the opportunity to witness athletes in head-to-head competition for extended periods of time.  Funding from the Canadian government's "Own The Podium" program has meant that Canada's seven stars are benefiting from the tools necessary to maintain their status as the world's number one team.  Such funding enabled opportunities like the recent clinic put on at the C.O.E. in Langford by legendary New Zealand kicking coach Mick "The Kick" Byrne.

 Advancing to the twelve player Hong Kong roster are a number of athletes who have recently impressed for the Canadian Maple Leafs, this country's women's sevens development side.  Vancouver's Andrea Burk will look to add her big tackles and impressive breakdown work to an already imposing Canadian defence, while Kelsey Willoughby, who Captained the Canadian development team in Dubai, returns to help Canada in their quest to defend the most prestigious trophy in the women's sevens game.

 Coach Tait had the following words about readying his side for battle in Hong Kong:

 "We are looking forward to the challenge of repeating as Cup champions at the Hong Kong Sevens. The opposition has been increasingly more prepared to play us and being favorites brings a pressure of its own. We have a lot of depth in this side with players who are able to play in multiple spots with real effectiveness, and we will likely try some different combinations and show some different looks in attack.
Without wanting to look beyond our pool, we are excited to have another opportunity to tests ourselves against the likes of England and Australia for the first time since Dubai."

Canada has been placed in Pool A in Hong Kong, drawn against Brazil, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Russia, host of the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup , which will also feature a women’s tournament. Canada will also expect stiff competition from the likes of Australia and England, both of whom showed very well in Dubai, as well as the United States whom the Canadians defeated in the Grand Final of the Las Vegas Sevens, February.
The National Women's 7's team is proudly sponsored by Macquarie Financial.

The National Women's 7's team would also like to the "Own The Podium" for their support.
2012 Hong Kong Sevens Squad
Andrea Burk - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Magali Harvey - Club de Rugby de Quebec / St. Francis-Xavier University (Quebec City, QC)
Jen Kish - Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Ghislaine Landry - Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)
Mandy Marchak - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC / Winnipeg, MN)
Barbara Mervin - Velox Valkyries (Victoria, BC)
Kayla Moleschi - University of Lethbridge / University of Lethbridge (Williams Lake, BC)
Cheryl Phillips - Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)
Kelly Russell - Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
Ashley Steacy - Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Brittany Waters - Meraloma Athletic Club (Vancouver, BC)
Kelsey Willoughby - Lethbridge Rugby Club / University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)
STAFF
John Tait- Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino- Assistant Coach
Kristy Martin Hale- Manager
Kim Oslund – Therapist
Tyler Goodale- Strength & Conditioning Coach


 
Written by Press Release    Friday, 09 March 2012 17:15    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA 7s Team in Camp
Sevens - USA Sevens Men


CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- USA Men’s Sevens Head Coach Alexander Magleby has named a roster of 16 players for a training camp ahead of the Hong Kong and Tokyo Sevens later this month.

Seven taxi squad players and ten full-time residents at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista will compete for a spot on the 12-man traveling roster, a group that the new coach will name on Wednesday March 14.

Andrew Durutalo, Mike Palefau, Miles Craigwell, Nu’u Punimata, Mark Bokhoven, J.P. Eloff, and Nick Edwards are all on the taxi squad.

Andrew Durutalo (with Mike Palefau in support) is one of several forwards hoping to break in. Dobson Images.Eloff, Palefau and Edwards are backs, while Durutalo, Craigwell, Punimata, and Bokhoven are forwards, although Palefau and Craigwell can switch.  Magleby is almost spoiled for choice up front, but every player has an opportunity to make an impression at camp and make his case for selection to the traveling team.

“The focus right now is on getting the culture right - on the field, that means guys willing to do the hard work with utter urgency, no matter what just happened. We can build from that base,” said Magleby.

Magleby will address a gap in the back line caused by Roland Suniula opting out of his training contract early last week. The USA utility back decided to hone his skills in the fifteen-a-side game. 

Suniula’s favored position of flyhalf is one that a number of current players can cover.  Tai Enosa, Roland’s brother Shalom, Peter Tiberio, and Folau Niua are all comfortable at first receiver, as is newcomer, J.P. Eloff.

Although Shalom typically plays scrumhalf, Tiberio has been in good form and will provide a few options for Magleby in the backs.

A Rugby World Cup vet, former All-American, and two-time National Champion at Cal, Blaine Scully noted that the team has been very professional during the transition exhibiting the wherewithal to rise above distractions, despite the coaching change that took place last week following Al Caravelli’s resignation.

“It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks … but that’s what happens in sports.  It’s about having the ability to wipe the slate clean at any moment, and the guys have done a really good job of that,” Scully said.  “We’ve been able to block out the stuff that’s been happening and prepare ourselves for Hong Kong and Tokyo.”

The team will depart on March 18 for Hong Kong.  The Hong Kong Sevens will take place from March 23-25.  The Tokyo Sevens is the following weekend March 31- April 1. 

USA Men’s Eagle Sevens Pre-HK/Tokyo Camp Roster | March 11-20, 2012
Taxi Squad
Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbarians; Ames, Iowa)
Miles Craigwell (Old Puget Sound Beach; Boston, Mass.)
Andrew Durutalo (Old Puget Sound Beach; Seattle, Wa.)
Nick Edwards (Sydney University; Sydney, Australia)
J.P. Eloff (Davenport University; Pretoria, South Africa)
Nu’u Punimata (Old Puget Sound Beach; Seattle, Wa.)
Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors, Salt Lake City, Utah

Full-time Residents at the Olympic Training Center
Garrett Bender (USA Rugby; Minneapolis, Minn.)
Tai Enosa (USA Rugby; San Diego, Calif.)
Colin Hawley (USA Rugby; Trowbridge, Calif.)
Rocco Mauer (USA Rugby; Cleveland, Ohio)
Folau Niua (USA Rugby; East Palo Alto, Calif.)
Blaine Scully (USA Rugby; Sacramento, Calif.)
Shalom Suniula (USA Rugby; San Diego Calif.)
Zack Test (USA Rugby; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Peter Tiberio (USA Rugby; Naperville, Ill.)
Maka Unufe (USA Rugby; Provo, Utah)

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 09 March 2012 16:59    PDF Print Write e-mail
USNA Team Embarks on Tour
Colleges - Men's DI College


ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The United States Naval Academy Men’s Rugby team is on its way to a tour of the South of France and North of Spain, which will last ten days.

Led by head coach Mike Flanagan and team captain Midshipman 2nd Class Seamus Siefring, of North Olmstead, Ohio, the Navy Men’s Rugby travel team is comprised of forty of Navy’s top players.

Traveling abroad will give the Navy Rugby team exposure to competitive, international rugby with highly-regarded opponents: the Basque French Rugby Team and the Bilbao Spanish Rugby team; as well as an educational experience with foreign culture. The USNA Men’s team has traveled to other rugby nations in the past including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

After coming back from tour the USNA team, which opened its D1-A season with a 64-3 defeat of Rutgers last week, will look to wade through a very competitive Rugby East schedule and also prepare for the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships June 2-3.

Navy Rugby has consistently been among the top clubs in the nation since its inception in 1963 and since the introduction of the Collegiate National Championship in 1980, USNA Rugby has made a name for itself as one of the toughest teams. USNA Rugby has qualified for the National Championship ten of the last 12 years and boasts 34 All-Americans at almost every position on the field.  


 


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