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 Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U18 team won the Boys Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational Saturday.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy took the Boys U16 bracket at the Las Vegas Invitational, beating Atlantis U16s 38-5 in the final.
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.
Los Alamitos High School may have benefited from a group of kids who played with North Bay, but even so, it’s quite the story that in the team’s first year, they won the Southern California Varsity White championship.
It’s not every day that a rugby player scored 35 points in a rugby game, and it was certainly of note that Jon Rogers did so last weekend.
Rogers, who is a smart, savvy back for Granite Bay and also a strong goalkicker, is now one of the leading players on a team hoping to repeat the form that saw the Grizzlies win the Boys HS Club National Championships last year.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy will bring 36 rugby players to Las Vegas to compete in two brackets in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Two EIRA teams will compete in the Boys Elite HS bracket, while a U16 development side will be in the Boys Open.
In the torrid start that the Saint Mary’s Gaels have enjoyed this winter so far, the back row has been at the center of everything.
With the demands on a high school rugby player’s time, rugby 7s has to work hard to find a place, and certainly that hard work is worth it when you find a special talent.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy has announced that it has brought on Brendan Keane full-time to serve as Associate Director alongside Director Salty Thompson.
Keane has been working for several years with the EIRA program in various capacities, kick-starting the Carolinas chapter while he was a teacher and rugby coach at Charlotte Catholic HS, and then coaching the EIRA U16s and U17s.