GRR: Irvine Rhinos
The Falcon 7s opened the door to elite-level 7s for women and girls players, and we saw some talent rise to the top.
Julie McCoy, who heads up hosts American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC), ran the tournament, and pulled triple-duty as live-streaming commentator, was impressed with the standard of play, especially on the high school side.
Rhinos Rugby edged Eagle Impact Rugby Academy 12-7 to win the inaugural Boys 7s Youth Rugby Championship Sunday in Cleveland.
The Rhinos came back from a 7-0 deficit to score twice on the outside, with the second try being a penalty try, and then held on to win it from there.
The Rhinos lead the inaugural World Tens Series tournament in Bermuda after taking their fifth-straight win in dramatic fashion, scoring a try well into injury time and slotting a two-point conversion to beat the London Royals 7-6.
Belmont Shore and Rhino Rugby Academy ran off with 3-0 records in a series of shortened games at the Storer Classic at UCLA.
The tournament, which is part of the annual collegiate Storer Classic (won by Cal), is a series of shortened games among teams from Southern California, Northern California, and Utah.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy Southern California defeated Rhinos Academy and EIRA Midwest Blue to win the Boys Tier 1 bracket at the Rocky Mountain Challenge.
EIRA SoCal won 38-14 and 55-15, finishing the weekend 4-0 with 123 points scored and only 36 allowed.
Rhinos Academy took 3rd, beating 5785 Blue 24-0.