Camps & Clinics

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:20    PDF Print Write e-mail
Military Presence at College Park Serevi HP Camp
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On a cool late winter spring weekend in March, USAR and Serevi Rugby held a two-day High Performance Training Camp on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, led by USA Women’s 7s Coach Ric Suggitt, USA Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach Richie Walker, and Serevi Coach and former Eagle Pate Tuilevuka.

Unique to this camp was the attendance of several members of our active military service, who play rugby when not defending our country at home and abroad. Rugby and the U.S. Military have held a special bond for years, but in the below reports from a Marine Sergeant and an Army Captain you’ll hear just how much crossover there is between the skills and fitness needed in each endeavor. Big thanks to both of these gentlemen for their service to our country, and for sharing their passion for the game.

Corey Parker in action at camp.
Corey Parker on duty at Camp Pendleton.
Matt Ryan in action for the US Army.
Matt Ryan, center of picture, on patrol in Ghazni, Afghanistan in 2013.

Sergeant Corey Parker
U.S. Marines Corps – Quantico, Virginia
My name is Corey Parker I am a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where my military occupational specialty is as a CH-46E helicopter crew chief. I am currently stationed Quantico, VA, which is where I started playing rugby and have been playing off and on for about three years. Prior to my current duty station I was stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA from where I was deployed to Al Asad, Iraq in 2009.

Prior to playing rugby I played baseball as a kid until high school, with one year of roller hockey somewhere in the middle.  So rugby has been my first sport with any major physical contact and I love every minute of it.

The two most important things I’ve learned at the USAR/Serevi Camp are that you have to trust the other players on your team to support you on and off the field, and that there is a substantial need for communication.

Rugby has been a huge impact on my professional career as it takes a lot of mental toughness, critical thinking, teamwork, and fitness to push through a tough rugby game. These same aspects are just as important in the military. You need to be able to focus and complete the difficult tasks are put in front of you and your team.

I hope to use all of the camps that I have attended to help improve each player that comes through my team, and to one day possibly get looked at by U.S. coaches for either national team. If I can’t play for USA rugby I would love to be part of their staff and support them through the Olympics and now, the Rugby World Cup.

Captain Matthew Ryan
U.S. Army – Afghanistan
My name is Captain Matthew Ryan, I have been serving in the Army on active duty since I graduated from Xavier University and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2008. I have served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC and with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY.  I am a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and as I write this article I have less than six weeks remaining in my deployment. For the last 8 months I have been serving as an advisor to Afghan Security Forces, and it has been equally rewarding as it has been frustrating.

Recently while back home on R&R, I attended the USA Rugby/Serevi High Performance Training camp at the University of Maryland. I have been playing rugby since I was 17, but I really only have about a year of experience playing sevens, and I looked at this as an opportunity to learn from the best.

Going into the camp, I didn’t really know what to expect, except that there was probably going to be a lot of running. I was also hoping that we were going to do some hitting, since I had a lot of pent-up aggression from being in Afghanistan. On the first day we started with some basic drills. We worked on passing, decision-making, tackling, and defensive alignments. I loved how each drill we did throughout the day built upon the previous drills, forcing the players to focus on the basics of what we were learning, and not just forget what we had previously gone over. The second day we ramped up the intensity, working on a lot of the same things as the day before, only faster. The coaches ensured we were switched on from the start, and the pace of the day forced us to stay focused on what we were doing. My favorite part of the camp was after lunch on the second day, when we finally got into some full contact scrimmaging. It really brought out the best in everybody, and there was some fantastic rugby being played. Overall, the camp was an amazing experience, and from the abundance of young talent I saw there, the future of USA rugby is looking good.

For me, playing rugby has had so many positive impacts on my career as an Army officer. From fitness, to mental toughness, teamwork, and especially stress relief, rugby has helped me in all aspects of my professional life. As an officer, you are expected to be physically fit, and not be able to just meet the physical fitness standards, but to vastly exceed them at all times. Being fit enough to play rugby, especially sevens, ensures that I maintain the appropriate level of fitness that is expected as an officer. Teamwork is another major parallel between being a rugby player and being in the military. Rugby is the ultimate team sport. In every part of the game, a team will not be successful without working together. From passing, to rucking, to playing defense, if anyone out on that pitch plays as an individual, the result will never be good. The same thing goes for anything we do in the military. It is a team effort to accomplish any mission, whether it is in combat or in training.

At this point, I am focused on maintaining my fitness so that I am ready to step on the pitch as soon as I get back home. There will not be any time to waste trying to get in shape or get back in shape. There are a lot of tournaments that I am looking forward to playing in this summer, especially the Liberty Cup in New York City on June 14th. I’m also hoping to get a shot at re-joining the All Army sevens team this summer.  My long-term goal, which will take a tremendous amount of hard work to achieve, is to be nominated for the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and spend my days in Chula Vista getting paid to play rugby. For now, I’ll focus on getting better, because better never stops.

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:09    PDF Print Write e-mail
US Collegiate Development Camps Partner with Rugger's Edge
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Hanover, NH - US Collegiate Development Camps and The Rugger's Edge academic advisory group has announced a partnership to enable young rugby players to continue their education while playing top-level collegiate rugby.

Their first joint camp will be held at Dartmouth College from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26, 2014, and is available for boys age 14 to 19 of all ability levels who are committed to continually learning the game of rugby. Of greatest importance, each camper will have an opportunity to work with top collegiate coaches and meet one-on-one with The Rugger's Edge staff to help determine the right university for them and their family.

This camp is designed as an overnight experience: during the day, players will have many opportunities to learn new as well as enhance already-acquired rugby skills from many of the best academic and rugby university coaches in the Unites States, as well as staff from the High School and Collegiate All-American teams. Campers will be organized based on year in the high-school-to-university pathway: those with two+ years of high school left, those with one year of high school left, and those going into or who just completed one year of college. During the evenings, campers will spend time in academic presentations by The Rugger's Edge, covering topics such as Overall Rugby Search and Academic Skills, Time Management, Organization Skills, Social Media Do's and Don'ts, Note Taking, Find Your Learning Style, How to Talk to Coaches/Admissions Counselors, as well as Beginning College Search Factors, including assessment of current transcript, target college search, application essay tips, mock interviews and feedback on drafts of college applications.

According to Alex Magleby, longtime Dartmouth mentor and former US national sevens coach, "US Collegiate Development’s partnership with Rugger's Edge will enable campers to understand the college admission application process, as well as the differences between programs, coaching and education at each academic institution. Understanding how the application process works is difficult without the right help. Together we hope to help students and their future coaches connect in a more honest and productive way."

Karen Fong Donoghue, owner and founder of The Rugger's Edge, adds that this new partnership "is an extremely exciting collaboration. Over the last few years of working with rugby student athletes, it has become apparent that many of the most talented athletes in the nation often  lack the knowledge and planning needed to continue to be successful as both a college student and athlete. I look forward to working alongside many of the best coaches in the nation at this upcoming camp and teaching these bright and talented student athletes how they can achieve their goals on the pitch and beyond."

US Collegiate Development Camps is a premier identification and development camp linking high school student-athletes with top rugby and academic university coaches. They promote a learning environment built on fundamentals, tactical and strategic understanding as well as leadership through action and clarity, all formed on a high work-rate foundation. Camps include rugby skill assessment, rugby instruction in core rugby skill and decision-making areas, feedback and plan creation to improve skill assessment post-camp, as well as seminars on nutrition, sports science and recovery.

The Rugger's Edge works with the best colleges in the country to prepare material to help families find the perfect fit for their child. They understand the current landscape of USA collegiate rugby and provide honest and trustworthy advice. The Rugger's Edge has intimate knowledge of how athletic recruiting applies to college admission and that enables them to work hard to understand the child's goals, the family's needs and then offer sound advice to meet all those aspects. The Rugger's Edge has been active in the USA Rugby community for over 15 years and its reputation as sincere and knowledgeable advisors is second to none.

For more information please visit or

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 02 April 2014 17:27    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi Hold HP Training in San Diego
Colleges - Camps & Clinics

Near the home of the USA Eagles Olympic Training Center, USA Rugby and Serevi Rugby hosted a 1-day High Performance Training Camp in San Diego on March 9. Being near the OTC, the camp featured numerous national team coaches and players from the Eagles including Deven Owsainy, Ryan Matyas, and Thretton Palamo.

Breaking away from his busy schedule as an assistant coach for both the Men’s and Women’s 7s Eagles, here Richie Walker breaks down the fundamentals of the follow through with a group of young players. Following San Diego, Walker headed off to Tokyo and Hong Kong to support the Eagles.
Ryan Matyas, and Thretton Palamo – members of the USA 7s Player Pool and in residence at the OTC – came out to the camp to help the young players develop skills needed to take their games to the next level.
11 year old Alex Wantlin grew up playing all boys rugby and is now playing on a U18 women’s team in Southern California. Attending the camp through the Serevi-World Rugby Shop scholarship program, national team coaches have their eye on this young phenom for the future of Eagles rugby.
USA Eagle Scrumhalf Deven Owsiany shares her knowledge of the game as explains offensive spacing to a few young players.
Junior All-American and standout at Cal, Lauren Butler, and Serevi Coach and USA Eagle Emilie Bydwell work on mental skills between sessions.

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:22    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Rugby & Serevi open application process for Residency Programs
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As part of the USA Rugby Academy, Serevi Rugby® has opened the application process for its 2014 Elite Residency Programs coming in Summer 2014.  For athletes aged 15+, the Elite Residence Programs are multi-day, immersive training sessions at a destination facility with approximately 50 other aspiring athletes taking the next step in the developmental pathway towards the U.S. National Teams.

Interested players are encouraged to apply to attend the age appropriate camp, while some players have already been invited through the talent ID portions of USA Rugby Academy by Serevi’s High Performance Camps this spring around the country.

Based on integrated training from seasoned international experts in both rugby 15s and 7s, players will be receive high performance rugby education including on-field skill development and attack/defense decision making, as well as off-field training including nutrition seminars, age/development specific strength and conditioning, mental skill building, game analysis video sessions, "prehab" sessions for injury prevention and muscle activation, and recovery techniques to maximize training time.

Through a Serevi and World Rugby Shop partnership, scholarships will be given to ensure identified "high talent" players can attend the Elite Residential Camps.

Serevi and USA Rugby will host four Residency Programs this summer including:

Collegiate & Adult Men
August 4th – 8th, Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado
Led by USA Men’s Assistant Coach Justin Fitzpatrick

Collegiate & Adult Women
June 16th - 20th, Olympic Training Center in San Diego
Led by USA Women’s 7s Head Coach Ric Suggitt, USA Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach Richie Walker, and Serevi Coach Emilie Bydwell.

High School Boys
June 21st – 25th, Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, Calif.
Led by Waisale Serevi, USA Men’s 7s Head Coach Matt Hawkins and USA Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach Richie Walker

High School Girls
July 7th – 11th, Olympic Training Center in San Diego
Led by USA Women’s 7s Head Coach Ric Suggitt, USA Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach Richie Walker, and Serevi Coach Emilie Bydwell.

For more information on the Residency Program and to apply, players should visit:

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 10 March 2014 18:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
US Rugby camps Release Schedule
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U.S. Rugby Camps has published their 2014 summer rugby camp schedule.  Thousands of rugby athletes attend these camps annually to get better, learn new skills, and have fun.  Overnight and day rugby camps are offered at eight locations nationwide.  The camps are open to boys of all ability levels.

The U.S. Rugby Camps have a unique balance between instruction and daily matches at their camps, providing campers with the opportunity to learn new skills while also gaining important competitive experience.

The camps are directed by Santa Clara University Head Coach Paul Keeler.  Paul and Co-Director, Eugene Mountjoy, are also the founders of the U.S. International Rugby Academy, a popular training ground for aspiring rugby players in the Bay Area.  The camps staff is comprised former U.S. national team players and college coaches, all of whom share a commitment to the individual development of each camper.  Additional staff will specifically include J.D. Stephenson (Lindenwood University Head Coach), Kevin Battle (D1 A Collegiate Director), Salty Thompson (HS All-Americans Coach), Mose Timoteo (former Eagle), Johnny Naqica (former Eagle) and Steve Lewis (Northeast Development Academy).

2014 camp locations will include many rugby hotbeds such as California, Colorado, Oregon, New, York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  “We are excited to expand our rugby camp network this summer to so many new locations.  We have certainly seen the demand for top-notch rugby instruction and we are committed to helping develop the next generation of players in these communities,” said director Paul Keeler.  Co-Director Eugene Mountjoy added, “We have seen a surge in rugby interest over the past few years and would like to continue offering a great camp experience for these players who are striving to improve.”

Each location will have overnight and day camp options, and are open to boys ages 9-18.

Interested prospective campers can learn more about the U.S. Rugby Camps and view the 2014 rugby camps schedule at

The U.S. Rugby Camps are a division of eCamps, Inc. [eCamps] is a nationally recognized operator of summer sports camps.  Other camps include the GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps, Revolution Field Hockey Camps, adidas Tennis Camps, Revolution Softball Camps, Fusion Swim Camps and International Squash Academy.

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