GRR: Rhinos Rugby Academy
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.
While Belmont Shore and Rhinos looked the stronger teams in the National Sevens Youth Rugby Championships girls bracket, Cleveland Rugby Academy got plenty of experience and continued to play better and better.
There were surprises throughout the Boys Elite U18 bracket at the Tropical 7s.
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.