The last side from the United States of America to compete in the HSBC Rosslyn Park 7s was the High School All-Americans (“HSAA”) in 2014 where they played into the top 16 before bowing out of the Championship bracket.
The Utah Cannibals was established in 2010 as a pathway to showcase Utah’s top up and coming high school rugby players. Since 2010, the Utah Cannibals have placed 14 players in the HSAA program and many more have transitioned to Collegiate Rugby as well as Collegiate Football.
“After reviewing several youth 7s events around North America and the Globe, we felt that the Las Vegas Invitational, the CRC-HS 7s, the Denver 7s, and the British Columbia 7s were the top events to focus on in North America. On the International stage, without question, it was the Rosslyn Park 7s. Any other overseas 7s event falls way short of the mark.”, stated Nu’u Punimata, former US Eagle 7s/ World Rugby Series member and Cannibals Staff Coach.
In 2015, the Utah Cannibals U16s side lifted the Champions Cup at the British Columbia 7s, the first U.S. side ever to do so. The Championship side are now U17s and will be the core of the squad going into the Rosslyn Park 7s in 2017.
“We know the Cannibals will be tested at every stage of the tournament and that is the whole reason for playing. The Rosslyn Park 7s is the pinnacle of 7s Youth competition and we look forward to the challenge and experience gained from this.”, stated Rob Randell former US Eagle 15s/7s player and Cannibals Coach.
The Utah Cannibals will be focusing on player development this summer competing in the 2016 Highs School Rugby Championship at the Collegiate Rugby Championships (“CRC’s”) in Philadelphia PA, the Denver 7s in Denver CO, the Victoria International 7s in British Columbia Canada, and the Serevi Youth 7s in Denver CO leading up to Rosslyn Park Sevens in 2017.
Players interested in being considered by the Cannibals Staff for the Rosslyn Park Sevens or other Tours can submit an interest request via the Utah Cannibals web site (www.utahcannibals.com).
Utah Youth Rugby has partnered with the USA Rugby Academy to hold a rugby clinic here in Utah. See the flyer and web links below for more details. There are also group discounts and scholarships available.
Use this link - https://form.jotform.com/60425077198965 - to apply for a scholarship
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