The Girls Open 7s at the LVI produced some lovely pieces of drama, and also showed that the unity of playing as a single school can sometimes trump the elite play of a select side.
Here are the scores and standings from the Men's CRC Qualifiers at the Las Vegas Invitational.
As expected, AIC dominated play in a relatively easy pool. Notre Dame College and Utah also cruised to 3-0 records.
But, there were a few shakeups and surprises.
1. There was never a 4th team in Pool E, so the other three teams there got 14-0 forfeits.
Five teams went 3-0 in the Boys Open 7s Thursday at the Las Vegas Invitational, with the Arizona Bobcats dominating and taking the #1 seed.
The Bobcats beat Rugby Royals, Loudon, and Medicine Hat, and allowed just one try.
The Bobcats are the official all-star team from Rugby Arizona, and this team was drawn from eight different teams.
The USA Falcons men's team has been named to play in the Las Vegas Invitational Men's Elite 7s.
These are players who have been pushing for selection for the USA Men's 7s team, and several have already been named to the Eagles in previous tournaments. The players were selected to the Falcons after a camp at the OTC.
AIC looks to be the easy pick for the CRC Qualifier at the Las Vegas Invitational.
You wonder, really, if it will be all that close.
In truth, there are some other teams that could win their way to Philly. Air Force has shown to be handy at 7s, Notre Dame College has some exciting pace. But, aside from two other teams I’ll talk about in a minute, AIC is the favorite.
As often happens in large tournaments, there are some changes in the lineup of some brackets at the Las Vegas Invitational - most notably in the CRC Qualifier.
One of the most intriguing brackets at this week’s Las Vegas Invitational will be the Boys U16 7s.
The teams enrolled are very strong, with youngsters from the British Columbia Elite 7s program, Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, and Atlantis leading the field.
(USA Rugby Release) - USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans Head Coach Salty Thompson has selected an assembly squad of 16 young rugby players for this week's Las Vegas Invitational in Nevada.
The pools are set for the Boys HS Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Defending champions British Columbia are back, and there’s a very good chance that the final will, once again, be BC v the HS All Americans, as it has been every year.
The pools are set for the Men’s CRC Qualifier in Las Vegas, March 3-5.
There is, in fact, still room for one more team - only 23 have registered, and so one of the pools is still looking for a team.
But, with that said, here are the pools:
Pool A: AIC, Miami (Ohio), Colorado State, Ithaca 2
Pool B: Notre Dame College, James Madison, Colorado, UNLV
Women’s Cougar Rugby (BYU) has been a faithful attendee to the Las Vegas Invitational since its inception, mostly because competition is limited in Utah and the team has 15s playoffs for which to prepare. BYU is also pretty good at 7s, despite the first side’s early exit from the competition.
The Lady Stallions got their first taste of 7s last fall, as Utah Youth Rugby hosted its inaugural girls club 7s season. Orem ended up winning the state title and were curious how they’d match up against tougher competition. So they traveled to the Las Vegas Invitational and entered the Girls High School Elite 7s division.