GRR: NAI 7s
We’re still looking over the NAI 7s and this here is a nod to Belmont Shore.
The Long Beach-based rugby program, which covers every age group, was hugely successful throughout the tournament.
Belmont Shore entered six teams: Boys U18, Girls U16, Boys U16, Girls U14, Boys U14, and Coed U12.
This past weekend was a nice, big step forward for Rebel Rugby Academy as their three teams all brought home hardware.
The Men’s U23 bracket at the NAI 7s turned out to be all about the Rhinos.
The Southern California-based program, which works closely with a group of young rugby players throughout the year, dominated the championship.
Twenty-four teams played in the NAI 7s Girls U18 bracket, and that single bracket produced two champions.
There wasn't really a U18 Elite bracket, but there were teams that declared themselves wanting to play in an elite division.
So everyone was put in the same bracket, but split n the knockout rounds.
The North American Invitational 7s had some new faces this year, and that was especially noticeable in the Boys U18 Elite bracket.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy was not there, as their focus is on a multi-team 15s tour of Ireland. But even programs we normally see in the finals, such as Atlantis or Rhinos, weren’t playing for the championship.