North American HS 7s
The North American Invitational 7s tournament has made changes to the 2017 tournament, working with USA Rugby to level the playing field in the open divisions, and to secure both a referee training course and panel refs for tournament.
The Las Vegas Invitational is certainly a behemoth of an event, and it’s hard to stand out there simply because of the vast number of teams and players involved - of course it helps if you team up.
Take the Van Tonder brothers, for example. The brothers out of Idaho helped two separate teams win championships at the LVI.
The Atlantis U18 Girls had to come back from large deficits twice to emerge winners of the Girls Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational Friday.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U18 team won the Boys Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational Saturday.
With some results still to be confirmed, here's how it looks in the Boys Elite 7s at the LVI.
It's early days in the Boys Elite HS 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, but already we know some stuff.
1. Taniwha out of New Zealand is the real deal. Not huge or imposing, they are very smart and see space very well. They hammered Upright Rugby (score unconfirmed), and while the Utah Cannibals pushed them, they are currently 2-0.
The Las Vegas Invitational Boys Elite 7s is set for Friday.
Here is the Atlantis Boys Elite squad for the Las Vegas Invitational.
Tyson Lucas Allen Eagles, Texas
Alex Schlager, West Shore, Pa.
Jayden Demmy, West Shore Pa.
Mike Weir, Doylestown, Pa.
Chris Bortuzzo, Doylestown Pa.
Isaiah Poku, Cape Pirates Fla.
John Dorman Jr, South Jersey
Mike Salloum, West Chester Pa.
The Utah Rugby Academy has named its Boys team for the HS Elite 7s bracket at the Las Vegas Invitational.
This group includes five returning from last year's team, along with four players who moved up from last year's development team. This is the core of the Academy program that will compete for the NAHS 7s title at the NAI 7s in Salt Lake City in August.
Two All-Star organizations, USA Rugby South and the Tennessee Tri-Stars, will combine efforts to form nine teams for the Las Vegas Invitational next week.
After months of camps and events the teams are set for the LVI 7s tournaents that will begin Thursday, March 2. The South/Tri-Stars contingent will include over 100 players and a touring party of about 300.
The USA SOUTH Panther U18 girls team has been selected after an assembly this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.