If you didn’t know much about the American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC), chances are you do now. The Little Rock-based Olympic Development Academy (ODA) won the women’s Club 7s National Championship over the weekend, and did so with a cast of relatively unknown players.
This weekend is a big one for senior 7s teams, as the Pacific Coast, Midwest, and Red River name their representatives to the women’s Club 7s National Championship. Many collegians – and even some high schoolers – are boosting these berth-seeking teams, and it’ll be great to see those younger players perform on the senior stage this Aug. 8-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Atlantis Women are veterans of the Las Vegas Invitational, both in the Open and Elite 7s divisions, but that doesn’t mean the team lacks surprises. The Elite team has, as per usual, paired former 7s Eagles with up-and-comers, and some of these new players have a unique background.