The Pink Sevens is a High School Girls Rugby 7s Tournament held in the picturesque Salt Lake Valley. The tournament will be held on the 7th & 8th of October, 2016 at the new Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City, UT. The address is 1180 Rose Park Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (https://goo.gl/26daJP)
Team registration is open to High School Girls Multi-School ("Club") and Single-School teams registered with USA Rugby and compete in the regular competitive seasons of a State Rugby Organization ("SRO").
Motely and academy teams ("Barbarian teams") may apply to be wait listed for any open slots available after registration closes. These teams cannot include players on the tournament roster that are USA Rugby registered ("Cipped") with a team entered in the Pink 7s tournament.
Player eligibility for the tournament follows the USA Rugby High School Player Eligibility rules.
The tournament comprises two divisions:
Varsity Division - teams comprising players in the 9th through 12th Grade of High School.
Junior Varsity - teams comprising players in the 9th and 10th Grade of High School
Clubs and schools may enter as many teams as they like in each of the divisions. Team registration fees are $350 per team until September 2, 2016. The registration fee is $450 from September 3, 2016. Registrations close on September 23, 2016.
Teams will be allowed a maximum of 5 substitutions per match but may have more than 12 players on the team tournament roster.
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).
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