Loudoun County Rugby and a Barbarians team of players from around Northern Virginia took the titles at the Rugby Virginia State 7s championships in late July, with U12s, U14s, and U18s championships on offer on the day.
For those who think the major, high-profile academies make major tournaments a fait accompli, consider the National Sevens Youth Rugby Championships.
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy and Rhinos did not dominate—they played well to be sure, but the trophies went elsewhere.
LA Tribe and USA South were perhaps the story of Day One in the Boys Tier I division of the National Sevens Youth Rugby Championships.
Played on the campus of St. Ignatius HS in Cleveland, Ohio (thanks to SIHS students for help in reporting on this tournament), six excellent programs clashed.
Ohio's own Westpark looked very good in a highly competition Boys Tier II division of the National Sevens Youth Rugby Championships n Cleveland, Ohio.
Here's a look at the games on Day One:
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.