Over the summer, Nike Rugby Camps San Diego partnered with the MLR’s San Diego Legion to create the NIKE Legion Selects age-grade select side.
The NIKE Legion Selects, a high school aged touring side, warmed up with games against SoCal EIRA and the Arizona Bobcats before playing in the Great NW Challenge. Following that, the team traveled to Australia for an 11-day tour.
The Washington Loggers U14 State rep-side played the British Columbia Representative XV on Saturday, August 10, at the ChuckanutRugby Grounds, near Bellingham, Wash.
Well it's time to rank the 15-a-side Boys HS all-star teams.
As usual, this is difficult to do because it means judging the relative strength of only a few tournaments.
We look at margin of victory, and consistency. Teams tha compete in more than one all-star event and do well get a little extra.
This is wha we came up with:
USA Rugby South Panthers Head Coach Mark Williams said that his team's 2-0 start is nice, but there are more tough games to get through.
"We came through but we have a ot of work to do," said Williams. "Bermuda was a good team, one of the best Bermuda teams I have seen."
USA Rugby South and Mexico emerged 2-0 from Day One of the Men's U19 competition at the Rugby Americas North championships.
The competition has changed to one in which teams play two shortened games on Day One and also on Day Two, getting everyone through Pool Play and through the semifinals.
The USA Rugby South Panthers have named their squad to play in the Rugby Americas North Men's U19 championship to be held in Barbados this month.
So here's a relatively unscientific analysis of Regional Cup Tournament popularity.
In 2016, as in 2019, there were five official Regional Cup Tournaments—aka High School Select Side tournaments.
TOA took the. Boys Varsity (Tier1) title at the Great Northwest Challenge, defeating Nike Legion 38-19 in the final.
NC Sharks Academy and Mustangs were tje next two strongest teams.
In the Girls Varsity (Tier 1), the Utah Cannibals shut out a strong Oregon Redhawks team 17-0. TOA beat the Redhawks 24-12 to win the Girls Tier 2 (JV).
Fort Hunt put in a team at the South RCT in Tenessee and took the Tier 2 bracket against some well-regarded select sides.
Friday has seen the completion of Day One of the Great Northwest Challenge.
Here are how things look:Boys Tier 1
The NC Sharks Academy and Washington Loggers opened up Pool A with a 21-21 tie, and while the Loggers then went on to lose to the Utah Cannibals, the Sharks beat the Utah team to lead the pool at 1-0-1.
The Midwest RCT kicks off this weekend.
Not to be confused with the Midwest All-Star Challenge, which is smaller and was held on this past Sunday, the Midwest RCT is one of the official USA Rugby-sanctioned Regional Cup Tournaments (for Cup read All-Star or Select Side).
Midwest teams converged on Elkhart, IN for a small all-star tournament on Sunday.
The games were designed to give players some select-side experience even if they are unable to make the trek to a more remote event.
Allegheny, Michigan, Celtic Elite (Ohio), Indy Speed, and Illinois all suited up in the Girls Varsity division.