As the USA brought home the Junior World Rugby Cup title, and the two recent test matches, USA Rugby has definitely seen strong crowds. The future 2016 Olympians to represent the United States are growing right now, before our eyes. With out a doubt some of the current Eagles will not be part of that team and the current U-19 crowd is who we will see shape into the future of the sport. Some of those players are bound to come from twelve players vying for future spots on the U.S. National 7s team who will playin the Victoria International 7s in British Columbia on July 14th.
"Under the tutelage of Atlantis founder and long-time Sevens guru, Emil Signes, numerous current and former All-Americans will join with ClubAll-Star players to form an ad hoc American development 7s team. The team will be managed by US National 7s head coach, Alex Magleby, while current Collegiate All-American 7s coach, Tony Pacheco, and Pacific Coast Grizzlies coach, John Tyler, will add further dimension to the coaching group.Long-time national team athletic trainer, Tim Higgins, will round out the staff." - USA RUGBY
As most teams are winding down, or completely down with Summer 7s when these men will be getting ready for one of their biggest games, who could shape them as the future USA 7s team. Beside having ever growing crowds at games, winning titles, and a strong 7s Side developing, the Eagles were recognized by the International Rugby Board by inducting inducted the USA Olympic Rugby teams from the1920 and 1924 Olympic Games into the IRB Hall of Fame.
Made up of players selected mainly from Californian universities and funded by the Olympic Club of San Francisco, the USA Olympic team won gold at successive Olympic Games in Antwerp (1920) and Paris (1924). The induction is in recognition of the pioneering feats in the development and promotion of the Game in the United States.
IRBCouncil Member and President of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Bob Latham presented the ceremonial cap and gold pin to MikeStrain (Director, Olympic Club of San Francisco) and John Compaglia (President, Northern California Rugby Football Union) at a special induction ceremony during the half-time break at the final of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy between USA and Japan at Salt Lake City.
As an international team, that is always trying to get funding to help build the best players possible, these recent wins and recognition will hopefully keep the growth of the sport moving forward. In the Chicago area, there are new youth teams developing, as well as growth with in the collegiate and adult clubs. I am doing rugby right now with my day campers and so far they love it. I know I am planning on starting something small this fall and hoping it grows into the spring, much like the Wapiti have seen tremendous growth in just one year. The Firehouse 7s tournament this year was HUGE!
So remember to pay your dues for current clubs or as Alumni/ club supporters and help keep USA Rugby moving forward.