North American HS 7s
Next week an announcement is expected on the Los Angeles stop on the HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series, but Goff Rugby Report has one advance piece of news about it:
There will be a Los Angeles Invitational held during the tournament weekend, and it’s expected to be huge.
It’s that time again as the Michigan State Spartans host the University of Michigan Wolverines in the Battle For The Mitten.
A classic rivalry match between these two colleges, the event has been built up into something more under the leadership of Michigan State player Josh Ressio. He has spearheaded this idea into a rugby event that draws thousands of fans.
The North American Invitational 7s completed its run of over 400 games with nine champions, and some observations from your learned editor.
The schedule fo the NAI 7s, held August 2-3 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is out.
Over 80 teams are competing in brackets from U14 to U20, with the North American HS 7s (NAHS 7s) Series part of that for both boys and girls.
Atlantis leads both NAHS series at the moment.
The North American Lions elite-level HS touring 7s program has named its coaches for 2019.
The program will send a boys team to three different tournaments: the Tournoi Des Capitales in Paris, the Dubai7s (which they won in 2018), and the Rugbytown 7s in Glendale, CO. Meanwhile, a girls team will also go to Paris.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy enjoyed a hugely successful Las Vegas Invitational, rebounding from a slightly disappointing 2018 result.
The Evolution 7s won the Boys Open 7s in Las Vegas, with the new girls team taking 8th, an impressive showing for the Idaho-based program.
The Boys team was led by several strong performances, with captain Logan Hill at the head of the effort, with Jackson Pabst, Jake Pingree, Clint Hersey, Tiai Vavao, Tyson Bradford, and Tyler Williams having srong weekends.
The Atlantis elite select side has announced that Sophie Pyrz and Jack Bradfield have become the first former Atlantis High School players to play with the senior Atlantis women and men’s teams on an overseas tour.
The North American Lions took home the Boys International U19 championship at the Dubai 7s over the weekend.
The NA Lions for short, is an Elite Invitational team created by four core academy programs in North America: EIRA, Atlantis, Upright Rugby, and Utah Rugby Academy, with players coming from primarily those four teams.
The North American Lions U19 select team will face the North American Barbarians in the semifinals of the Dubai 7s International U19 Men’s competition.
The New York 7s provides a unique opportunity in the fall and winter to see elite-level HS 7s rugby.
Certainly the LVI is another chance (so maybe unique is too strong a word), but there are so few tournaments where top-of-the-line HS teams from the United States and Canada can face off.
Play Rugby USA Academy won the Rugby NY Varsity boys 7s this fall, with Pelham taking 2nd.
It was a superb effort from a Play Rugby team that has really started to blossom, not only winning games but starting to put players in contention for national age-grade team honors.
Keio/FASNY took 3rd.
In the JV bracket, Pelham won out over Keio/FASNY.