It was a very busy winter break for Ruben de Haas.
The Arkansas-based scrumhalf attended the USA U20 (aka Men’s Junior All-American) camp before Christmas, and then the High School All-American camp after Christmas.
Since both camps were in Arizona, he and his family, naturally, spent December 25 in Las Vegas, as you do.
The Boys HS All American Camp wrapped up at the change of the years, and coming out of it, Head Coach Salty Thompson is sounding very positive.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (USA Rugby Release) – The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans, supported by Aircraft Charter Solutions, completed a four-day Winter Camp at the tail end of the 2015 calendar year at Casa Grande Sports Academy.
The Stars & Stripes isn't a HS All American tour, but the week and the game at the end of that week held plenty of benefit for the players and the coaches.
The Stars & Stripes week ended for 44 highly-regarded high school boys rugby players Saturday with the Stars & Stripes game in Greeley, Colo.
The Stars fell behind early and then came back in a high-scoring game to win 42-38. But more than that, the game was the culmination of a week of work with their respective coaching staffs.
USA Rugby has released, finally, its list of boys high school players for the Stars & Stripes camp this week.
The camp will once again be held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.
The new approach to USA Rugby’s Men’s All American programs is still undergoing some growing pains, but it’s underway as the second wave of National Tracking Camps ended this weekend.
Robin Reid, who owns Aircraft Charter Solutions, which is a sponsor of Goff Rugby Report and also of the High School All Americans, has released a statement about the High School All Americans 2015 season:
From USA Rugby (Chad Wise and Salty Thompson) LIEGE, Belgium – The Boys High School All-Americans finished their JV tour of Europe Tuesday with a 53-24 defeat of Belgium.
Salty Thompson’s under-17 group will return to the U.S. with a 2-1 record on tour, with Saturday’s 31-8 win against Belgium following an earlier loss to France in Marcoussis.
The High School All American U17s wrapped up their three-game European trip with a 53-24 defeat of Belgium’s U17s Tuesday in Liege, Belgium.
The HSAA U17s went 2-1, losing their opener to France U17s and defeating Belgium U17s twice with two different lineups.
The High School All Americans U17s defeated the Belgium U17s 31-8 Saturday in the second match of their three-game tour of France and Belgium.
The USA HS All American U17 team put their opening match behind them and in fact put their opening host country behind them.
The schedule perhaps wasn't the easiest for the HSAA U17s, as they had one day to prepare to play the French U17 team. That was tough, as the French kids just picked them apart.