It’s a wide open Pool B at the Men’s 7s NASC.
No team is completely overpowering, but one has to wonder if the All Americans will emerge leaders given their full week of training together.
The AAs are without one of their biggest names in the injured Peter Tiberio, but they have plenty of talent to spare. Their backs are not big and imposing, but they are very quick and skilled. Led by Rocco Mauer and JP Eloff, with Garrett Lambert up front, and with Don Pati, Tim Stanfill, Nate Brakely, Dustin Muhn … you get the picture; the kids could emerge on top.
And speaking of kids, there are a few on the other teams, as well. The Midwest is certainly a young squad, with current or recent college players including some burgeoning talents as Max Narewski and Jordan Highberger.
The West passed up on a few newer players to go with experience, with Max de Achaval, Ben Haapapuro, Hunter Leland, Dewon Reed, and Spencer Scott all known, talented, quantities. Experience could easily see them through.
More youth in the Mid-Atlantic, as Chris Harvey’s squad includes the impressive Greg Ambrogi and the fit and hard-working Nick Koon. Mid-Atlantic’s best clubs have done well when they play team rugby. They do that again, they could start winning games.
But it’s hard to bet against the All Americans. The talent is there, and they’ve been together since Sunday morning. Under intense training, this squad has emerged tested and ready.