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NAI 7s Set to Kick Off with Over 100 Teams

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NAI 7s Set to Kick Off with Over 100 Teams

Rocky 5785 and Panthers have multiple presences in this year's tournament.

The NAI 7s is set for this coming week in Salt Lake City with 75 men's and boys' teams, and 44 girls teams in eight brackets.

This tournament, having taken 2020 off because of COVID, is back with a vengeance even with the Canadian teams unable to come.

Here's a look at the brackets, with the schedule below:

Men U23

The NAI 7s expanded in men's U20 in 2019 and this has now morphed into a U23 event. Given that there is no men's collegiate all-star 7s, this seems like a workable idea and indeed with 14 teams involved it's pretty popular. The teams are mostly affiliated with academy or select side programs, but most have a regional affiliation. Rock Rugby and Gorilla come out of Texas—Gorilla won the Freetail 7s on New Year's Eve 2019 in Austin, Texas. Arizona Old Cats are players who formerly played for the Arizona Bobcats age-grade select program (not former U. of Arizona players as we erroneously said earlier). 

It's an interesting development that these select or academy programs have found that players supposedly aged out of the program, want to come back and play for them again—5785 is another example. 

East, Herriman, Genesis, Roothogs, and Toa are all from Utah, and generally are alumni of their high school programs. So they might be college players, they might not.

Gentlemen of Aspen and 5785 are both out of Colorado with the same mix of college and non-college, Oasis is not Californian but mostly Penn State, Kutztown, and Dartmouth students. Silicon Valley are out of California. All are giving young players a chance to play some high-level 7s.

Boys U18 Invitational

In another year this would be the NAHS bracket, but because not all NAHS teams can travel, this has been opened up. it's still an elite-level bracket, with Eagle Impact Rugby Academy fielding two teams, as are Panthers Rugby Academy out of the South. Badger Selects come out of Wisconsin, Rock and Gorilla, again, out of Texas, Loggers out of Washington, while the host state of Utah brings in the Utah Warriors Academy, and Utah Lions. Rhinos (California), Rebel Rugby (Colorado), and Northeast Academy round out the list.

This is a wide open bracket, and the key is that most players are here to see how they match up and enjoy high-level competition. With the availability of players in question, handicapping this bracket is difficult. But it's worth noting that Gorilla, Rebel Rugby Academy, and Panthers all won their pools in the Tropical 7s. EIRA didn't compete there, and neither did Rhinos or Utah, but they will push as well.

Girls U18 Invitational

This bracket also would, in another year, be the NAHS bracket. With only seven teams involved it's going to be tight. Charlotte Tigress will be a team to watch because they play together well and have done all season. ARPTC, Arkansas-based but drawing players from all over, also have had time together.We've got some Hawaii talent coming in with the Maui Wahine Warriors, and they certainly will be a wild card, but likely it's the home side, the Utah Lions, that are the favorite going in.

U18 Girls Open

A hugely talented group of 15 teams are in this bracket with state champions Bitterroot (Montana) and United (Utah), along with a very skilled Belmont Shore side, Majestics (Utah) and Rocky Mountain ((Idaho) which could be as good as the best in their league, the Panthers, and a select side from New Mexico. There will be a surprise team here.  

U18 Boys Open

Sixteen teams populate this bracket from ten states. We've got HS club programs and select sides and single-school teams. It's a mishmash, and as a result, could bring any number results. Herriman might be good, but they could also be just young. Maui should be imposing, as they were in Los Angeles, but this is over a year late. Berks has plenty of talent, but Utah or Arizona could unseat them.

U16 Girls

EIRA will bring in a team here and that'll be interesting, but we're leaning toward Belmont Shore, Panther, Lionesses (Utah) ... teams like that. Rocky Mountain or Maui or Kahuku (another Hawaiian team) could be interesting.

U16 Boys

We've got 16 teams here also and many of the programs in the U18 bracket, but here you wonder if Rhinos might explode here. This is where they do their most effective work, at the younger end of the spectrum. 

U14 Girls

Ten teams from six states (or more) with Rhinos fielding two, Panthers, Celtic, Belmont Shore, Arizona, Sac PAL, South Davis (Utah), Rocky Mountain, and Majestics all in competition. Shore and Rhinos might be favored here but this really is an excellent proving ground for tomorrow's stars. Belmont Shore won the National Youth 7s girls bracket so you've got to figure they can do well here.

U14 Boys

This bracket has, and you've got to love this, 16 teams, including one from Guam. How great is that. Most of these teams come from California and Utah but Charlotte, NC has a team, 5785 out of Colorado, Celtic again, Maui ... they are form all over. Once again we like Belmont Shore and Rhinos because we've seen those teams do well at this, and it was the Rhinos who won the National tournament in Cleveland. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Day One Schedule for NAI 7s

Field 5 8:40 AM U16B Pool Play Rhinos Academy U16 - Green vs South Davis 
Field 6 8:40 AM U16B Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Gorilla Rugby
Field 4 8:40 AM U16B Pool Play Panther7s BLUE vs Belmont Shore U16 
Field 3 8:40 AM U16B Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy vs TOA Rugby
Field 1 8:40 AM U18B Pool Play Maui Warriors  vs Berks County Rugby
Field 2 8:40 AM U18B Pool Play Belmont Shore  vs Herriman
Field 15 8:40 AM U18B Pool Play Layton Christian  vs Arizona Bobcats 
Field 16 8:40 AM U18B Pool Play New Mexico vs Cali-U East
Field 6 9:00 AM U16B Pool Play Panther7s Red vs Herriman
Field 3 9:00 AM U16B Pool Play PNW Loggers vs EIRA u16s
Field 1 9:00 AM U18B Pool Play Washington Academy of Rugby  vs Pioneer 7s Select
Field 2 9:00 AM U18B Pool Play Rhinos Academy vs Rebel Rugby Academy
Field 15 9:00 AM U18B Pool Play Liberty Rugby vs SacPAL Spartans
Field 16 9:00 AM U18B Pool Play Utah Lions U18 vs South Texas Armadillos
Field 5 9:00 AM U16B Pool Play Rhinos Academy U16 - Black vs Maui Warriors 
Field 4 9:00 AM U16B Pool Play Guam Rugby Club  vs Rebel Rugby Academy
Field 1 9:20 AM U18G Pool Play Belmont Shore vs ARPTC
Field 2 9:20 AM U18G Pool Play Maui Wahine Warriors vs United Rugby
Field 15 9:20 AM U23 Men Pool Play Gentlemen of Aspen vs Rhinos Rugby U23 Men
Field 16 9:20 AM U23 Men Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy  vs Herriman Rugby 
Field 3 9:20 AM U16G Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Rocky Mountain
Field 4 9:20 AM U16G Pool Play Belmont Shore vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 6 9:20 AM U16G Pool Play Maui Wahine Warriors  vs EIRA
Field 5 9:20 AM U16G Pool Play Kahuku Rugby vs Lioness
Field 3 9:40 AM U16G Pool Play TBD vs TOA Rugby
Field 4 9:40 AM U16G Pool Play SacPal Amazon U16 vs Celtic Panther7s
Field 6 9:40 AM U14B Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Green vs South Davis 
Field 2 9:40 AM U18G Pool Play Pioneer 7s Select vs Scottsdale Wolves
Field 5 9:40 AM U14B Pool Play Arizona Bobcats vs Belmont Shore 
Field 15 9:40 AM U23 Men Pool Play Old Cats vs Gorilla Rugby
Field 16 9:40 AM U23 Men Pool Play East Rugby Men's 7's vs Celtic Barbarians 
Field 1 9:40 AM U18G Pool Play Badger selects 2 vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 2 10:00 AM U18G Pool Play Lady Cavaliers vs Rock Rugby Academy 
Field 6 10:00 AM U14B Pool Play Charlotte Tiger Cubs vs Broncos Rugby Club
Field 1 10:00 AM U23 Men Pool Play Genesis Mens vs 5785
Field 16 10:00 AM U23 Men Pool Play Utah Roothogs vs TOA
Field 15 10:00 AM U23 Men Pool Play Oasis vs Silicon Valley RFC
Field 5 10:00 AM U14B Pool Play Celtic Barbarians  vs Panther7s
Field 4 10:00 AM U14B Pool Play Maui Warriors U14  vs Guam Rugby Club
Field 3 10:00 AM U14B Pool Play American Fork Cavemen  vs Warriors
Field 1 10:20 AM U18G Pool Play TOA Rugby vs Majestics
Field 4 10:20 AM U14B Pool Play Sacramento Kaji  vs Rhinos Academy Black
Field 16 10:20 AM U18G Pool Play Panther7s vs Utah Lions
Field 3 10:20 AM U14B Pool Play 5785 vs Layton Christian Academy
Field 5 10:20 AM U14G Pool Play Belmont Shore  vs South Davis 
Field 2 10:20 AM U18G Pool Play SacPal Amazon  vs Badger Selects
Field 6 10:20 AM U14G Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Rocky Mountain 
Field 15 10:20 AM U18G Pool Play Charlotte Tigress vs Rocky Mountain
Field 3 10:40 AM U14G Pool Play Majestics vs Celtic Barbarians
Field 4 10:40 AM U14G Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Black vs Panther7s
Field 6 10:40 AM U18G Pool Play San diego mustangs vs Bitterroot Koa Wahines
Field 15 10:40 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Panther7s Blue vs Badger Selects 
Field 16 10:40 AM U18G Pool Play Eagle Lady Mustangs vs New Mexico
Field 1 10:40 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Panther7s Red vs EIRA Navy
Field 2 10:40 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Rhinos Academy  vs EIRA u18 Red
Field 5 10:40 AM U14G Pool Play SacPal Amazon U14 vs Rhinos Academy - Green
Field 16 11:00 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play TBD vs Rock Rugby 
Field 15 11:00 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Northeast Academy vs Utah Warriors Academy
Field 2 11:00 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Gorilla Rugby Academy  vs Pacific Northwest Loggers
Field 1 11:00 AM U18B Inv. Pool Play Rebel Rugby Academy  vs Utah Lions
Field 3 11:20 AM U16B Pool Play South Davis  vs Gorilla Rugby
Field 5 11:20 AM U16B Pool Play TOA Rugby vs Belmont Shore 
Field 4 11:20 AM U16B Pool Play Rhinos Academy U16 - Green vs Arizona Bobcats 
Field 3 11:40 AM U16B Pool Play EIRA u16s vs Rebel Rugby Academy
Field 4 11:40 AM U16B Pool Play PNW Loggers vs Guam Rugby Club 
Field 15 11:40 AM U18B Pool Play Berks County Rugby vs Herriman
Field 2 11:40 AM U18B Pool Play Washington Academy of Rugby  vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 6 11:40 AM U16B Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy  vs Panther7s BLUE
Field 5 11:40 AM U16B Pool Play Maui Warriors  vs Herriman
Field 1 11:40 AM U18B Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Cali-U East
Field 16 11:40 AM U18B Pool Play Maui Warriors  vs Belmont Shore 
Field 5 12:00 PM U16G Pool Play Lioness vs EIRA
Field 16 12:00 PM U18B Pool Play Liberty Rugby vs Utah Lions 
Field 15 12:00 PM U18B Pool Play SacPAL Spartans vs South Texas Armadillos
Field 4 12:00 PM U16G Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Belmont Shore
Field 1 12:00 PM U18B Pool Play Pioneer 7s Select vs Rebel Rugby Academy
Field 2 12:00 PM U18B Pool Play Layton Christian Academy vs New Mexico
Field 3 12:00 PM U16G Pool Play Rocky Mountain vs Rhinos Academy
Field 6 12:00 PM U16B Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Black vs Panther7s Red
Field 2 12:20 PM U18G Pool Play Belmont Shore vs Maui Wahine Warriors
Field 6 12:20 PM U16G Pool Play TBD vs SacPal Amazon
Field 16 12:20 PM U23 Men Pool Play Gentlemen of Aspen vs Rock Rugby Academy 
Field 3 12:20 PM U16G Pool Play Kahuku Rugby vs Maui Wahine Warriors 
Field 1 12:20 PM U18G Pool Play ARPTC vs United Rugby
Field 4 12:20 PM U16G Pool Play TOA Rugby vs Celtic Panther7s
Field 15 12:20 PM U23 Men Pool Play Rhinos Rugby  vs Herriman Rugby 
Field 5 12:20 PM U14B Pool Play Belmont Shore  vs South Davis 
Field 3 12:40 PM U14B Pool Play Warriors vs Guam Rugby Club 
Field 4 12:40 PM U14B Pool Play American Fork Cavemen  vs Maui Warriors 
Field 1 12:40 PM U18G Pool Play Rhinos Academy  vs Scottsdale Wolves
Field 2 12:40 PM U18G Pool Play Badger Selects 2 vs Pioneer 7s 
Field 5 12:40 PM U14B Pool Play Panther7s vs Broncos Rugby Club
Field 6 12:40 PM U14B Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 15 12:40 PM U23 Men Pool Play Gorilla Rugby vs Celtic Barbarians 
Field 16 12:40 PM U23 Men Pool Play Old Cats vs East Rugby 
Field 5 1:00 PM U14G Pool Play Belmont Shore  vs Rocky Mountain 
Field 3 1:00 PM U14B Pool Play Layton Christian Academy  vs Rhinos Academy - Black
Field 16 1:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Genesis Mens vs TOA
Field 4 1:00 PM U14B Pool Play 5785 vs Sacramento Kaji 
Field 6 1:00 PM U14B Pool Play Celtic Barbarians RFC  vs Charlotte Tiger Cubs
Field 2 1:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Utah Roothogs vs Silicon Valley RFC
Field 1 1:00 PM U18G Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy  vs Majestics
Field 15 1:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Oasis vs 5785
Field 6 1:20 PM U14G Pool Play Majestics vs Panther7s
Field 1 1:20 PM U18G Pool Play San diego mustangs vs Utah Lions
Field 2 1:20 PM U18G Pool Play Badger Selects vs Rocky Mountain
Field 3 1:20 PM U14G Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Black vs Rhinos Academy - Green
Field 15 1:20 PM U18G Pool Play Eagle Lady Mustangs vs Bitterroot Koa Wahines
Field 4 1:20 PM U14G Pool Play SacPal Amazon  vs South Davis 
Field 16 1:20 PM U18G Pool Play Panther7s vs New Mexico
Field 5 1:20 PM U14G Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Celtic Barbarians
Field 4 1:40 PM U18G Pool Play SacPal Amazon  vs Charlotte Tigress
Field 15 1:40 PM U18G Pool Play Lady Cavaliers vs TOA Rugby
Field 2 1:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Badger Selects  vs Utah Lions
Field 16 1:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Panther7s Blue vs Rebel Rugby Academy
Field 1 1:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy U18B vs EIRA U18 Red
Field 6 2:00 PM U16B Pool Play Belmont Shore U16  vs Rock Rugby Academy U16B
Field 5 2:00 PM U16B Pool Play Panther7s BLUE vs TOA Rugby
Field 1 2:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Panther7s Red vs Pacific Northwest Loggers
Field 16 2:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play TBD vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 2 2:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Gorilla Rugby Academy U18B vs Utah Warriors Academy
Field 15 2:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Northeast Academy vs EIRA Navy
Field 3 2:20 PM U16B Pool Play Arizona Bobcats vs South Davis 
Field 5 2:20 PM U16B Pool Play Panther7s Red vs Maui Warriors 
Field 4 2:20 PM U16B Pool Play Gorilla Rugby vs Rhinos Academy - Green
Field 6 2:20 PM U16B Pool Play Herriman vs Rhinos Academy - Black
Field 5 2:40 PM U16G Pool Play Belmont Shore vs Rocky Mountain
Field 6 2:40 PM U16G Pool Play Rhinos Academy  vs Arizona Bobcats 
Field 15 2:40 PM U18B Pool Play Belmont Shore  vs Berks County Rugby
Field 16 2:40 PM U18B Pool Play Herriman vs Maui Warriors 
Field 2 2:40 PM U18B Pool Play Cali-U East vs Layton Christian Academy 
Field 1 2:40 PM U18B Pool Play New Mexico vs Arizona Bobcats 
Field 3 2:40 PM U16B Pool Play Guam Rugby Club  vs EIRA U16s
Field 4 2:40 PM U16B Pool Play Rebel Rugby Academy vs PNW Loggers
Field 5 3:00 PM U14B Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Green vs Belmont Shore 
Field 3 3:00 PM U16G Pool Play Maui Wahine Warriors  vs Lioness
Field 6 3:00 PM U14B Pool Play South Davis  vs Arizona Bobcats 
Field 16 3:00 PM U18B Pool Play South Texas Armadillos vs Liberty Rugby
Field 1 3:00 PM U18B Pool Play Rhinos Academy  vs Pioneer 7s 
Field 2 3:00 PM U18B Pool Play Rebel Rugby Academy vs Washington Academy of Rugby
Field 4 3:00 PM U16G Pool Play EIRA vs Kahuku Rugby
Field 15 3:00 PM U18B Pool Play Utah Lions U18 vs SacPAL Spartans
Field 6 3:20 PM U14B Pool Play Broncos Rugby Club vs Celtic Barbarians 
Field 5 3:20 PM U14B Pool Play Charlotte Tiger Cubs vs Panther7s
Field 3 3:20 PM U16G Pool Play SacPal Amazon U16 vs TOA Rugby
Field 16 3:20 PM U23 Men Pool Play Herriman Rugby Men's 7s vs Gentlemen of Aspen
Field 15 3:20 PM U23 Men Pool Play Rock Rugby Academy vs Rhinos Rugby U23 
Field 4 3:20 PM U16G Pool Play Celtic Panther7s vs TBD
Field 2 3:20 PM U18G Pool Play United Rugby vs Belmont Shore
Field 1 3:20 PM U18G Pool Play Maui Wahine Warriors vs ARPTC
Field 1 3:40 PM U18G Pool Play Pioneer 7s Select vs Rhinos Academy 
Field 2 3:40 PM U18G Pool Play Scottsdale Wolves vs Badger Aelects 2
Field 15 3:40 PM U23 Men Pool Play East Rugby  vs Gorilla Rugby
Field 6 3:40 PM U14G Pool Play Arizona Bobcats  vs Panther7s
Field 16 3:40 PM U23 Men Pool Play Celtic Barbarians vs Old Cats
Field 3 3:40 PM U14B Pool Play Maui Warriors  vs Warriors
Field 4 3:40 PM U14B Pool Play Guam Rugby Club  vs American Fork Cavemen
Field 5 3:40 PM U14G Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Black vs South Davis 
Field 16 4:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Genesis Mens vs Silicon Valley RFC
Field 3 4:00 PM U14B Pool Play Sacramento Kaji  vs Layton Christian Academy
Field 6 4:00 PM U18G Pool Play TOA Rugby vs Rock Rugby Academy
Field 2 4:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Utah Roothogs vs 5785
Field 15 4:00 PM U23 Men Pool Play Oasis vs TOA
Field 4 4:00 PM U14B Pool Play Rhinos Academy - Black vs 5785
Field 1 4:00 PM U18G Pool Play Eagle Lady Mustangs vs Utah Lions
Field 5 4:00 PM U14G Pool Play Belmont Shore vs Celtic Barbarians
Field 4 4:20 PM U14G Pool Play SacPal Amazon vs Rocky Mountain 
Field 3 4:20 PM U14G Pool Play Majestics vs Rhinos Academy - Green
Field 2 4:20 PM U18G Pool Play Rocky Mountain vs SacPal Amazon 
Field 1 4:20 PM U18G Pool Play Charlotte Tigress vs Badger Selects
Field 16 4:20 PM U18G Pool Play Majestics vs Lady Cavaliers
Field 15 4:20 PM U18G Pool Play Panther7s vs Bitterroot Koa Wahines
Field 2 4:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Gorilla Rugby Academy  vs EIRA Navy
Field 1 4:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Utah Lions vs Panther7s Blue
Field 15 4:40 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Rebel Rugby Academy  vs Badger Selects 
Field 16 4:40 PM U18G Pool Play San diego mustangs vs New Mexico
Field 16 5:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play EIRA u18 Red vs TBD
Field 2 5:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Rhinos Academy  vs Rock Rugby Academy 
Field 1 5:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Panther7s Red vs Utah Warriors Academy
Field 15 5:00 PM U18B Inv. Pool Play Northeast Academy vs Pacific Northwest Loggers