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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:56    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi, Infinity Park Team Up
Colleges - Camps & Clinics


Serevi Rugby and Infinity Park will be teaming up next month when the Glendale, Colorado venue hosts the Serevi Rugbytown 7s August 11th. This tournament will feature eight men’s club teams from around the world. Organizers are working on teams from Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the UK.

“We’re developing a series of tournaments and Infiniti Park was a logical and natural partner,” said Serevi co-founder and Sevens legend Waisale Serevi. “We think that Sevens – with its speed, physicality and high scoring nature -- is uniquely positioned to appeal to the American consumer. Our sole mission is to grow the game of rugby in North America. Growing the Sevens brand is one way to that end.”

Adds Serevi Director of Programming Evan Haigh, “We’re developing partnerships in North America and around the world aimed at delivering Waisale’s unique and differentiated programming to a rapidly growing Sevens marketplace. The pent-up demand has exceeded even our wildest expectations.”

Serevi Rugby will hold a two-day training camp August 9 & 10 for players leading into the Serevi Rugbytown 7s. Coaches will include Serevi, Evan Haigh, Mike Mangan and Hannah Stolba.

“Via their participation in the training camp and their exposure to the tournament, we’re trying to introduce American players to a higher level of coaching and to a higher level of competition as well,” said Serevi. “We can’t wait to get to Glendale.”

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:08    PDF Print Write e-mail
Georgia Testing Up Front
International - International News


Georgia's squad for their North America tour is a slghtly rebuidling one, as many are just coming off a World Cup. 

The Lelos have left three props home due to injury, and the same goes for hooker Jaba Bregvadze. Two more props are not with the team for other reasons (Davit Kubriashvili just finished playing for Toulon in the French championship, and has mandated rest time due him).

Even so Georgia is expected to be a tough scrummaging team, with Davit Zirakashvili, who plays professionally for Clermont-Auvergne in France, back with the squad.

Georgia is also stretched in the second row and will be looking for a lot from locks Davit Chitidze and Bachuki Gujaraidze.

In the back row, Georgia does not have Mamuka Gorgodze, nicknamed "The Animal" or "The Beat" he is a star for Montpellier in France, but, again because of the length of the French season, has not been cleared to play yet.

In the backs Georgia is not supremely fast, but they are tough and aggressive, and can play the kicking game well. Lasha Khmaladze is recalled to the team, and most of the backline is considered their top players.

Seven players who started against the USA in Tbilisi in 2010 (won by Georgia 19-17 on the last play of the game) return to the squad, as well as three of the subs:

Hooker Akvsenti Giorgaze, scrumhalf Irakli Abuseridze, flyhalf Lasha Malaghuradze, center Tedo Zibzibadze (a teammate of Inaki Basauri at Perigueux), and wings Lekso Gugava and Irakli Machkaneli, all starters, and subs Davit Zirakashvili (prop), Bidzina Samkharadze (scrumhalf), and center Davit Kacharava.

Of the 32 players named for the tour, half play professionally elxewhere in Europe, 15 in France at various levels, including the Top 14, and one, No. 8 Dimitri Basilaia, with Edinburgh.

Georgia squad for North America

Loosehead Prop: Irakli Mirtskhulava (Tarbes), Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier)

Hooker: Revaz Belkania (La Seyne), Akvsenti Giorgadze (Toulouse), Shalva Mamukashvili (Armia)

Tighthead Prop: Levan Chilachava (Toulon), Beka Sheklashvili (Dax), Davit Zirakashvili (Clermont)

Lock: Beka Bitsadze (Brive), Davit Chitidze (Armia), Giorgi Chkhaidze (Saint-Junien), Bachuki Gujaraidze (Lokomotive), Vakhtang Maisuradze (Albi)

Flanker: Givi Berishvili (Lokomotive), Shalva Sutiashvili (Massy), Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (Armia)

No. 8: Dimitri Basilaia (Edinburgh), Zviad Maisuradze (Lokomotive)

Scrumhalf: Irakli Abuseridze (Auxerre), Giorgi Begadze (Batumi), Bidzina Samkharadze (Armia)

Flyhalf: Lasha Khmaladze (Lelo), Merab Kvirikashvili (Saint-Junien), Lasha Malaghuradze (Rhone)

Center: Davit Kacharava (Nice), Merab Sharikadze (Hartpury College), Beka Tsiklauri (Gdynia), Tedo Zibzibadze (Périgueux)

Wing: Lekso Gugava (Lelo), Irakli Machkhaneli (Saint-Etienne), Sandro Todua (Albi)

Fulback: Irakli Kiasashvili (Lelo)

 

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 17:21    PDF Print Write e-mail
Great Northwest Challenge Slated for This Weekend
School Age - All-Stars


The Great Northwest Challenge may have come of age in 2012.

The Age-Grade Select-Side tournament began as a series of challenge matches between Oregon and Washington back in 2003 and expand and shifted and changed over time, may possible have found a home in Boise, Idaho.

The event will feature all-star teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado this weekend in Boise. The location is ideal as it is driving distance for most of the teams. Rugby Idaho will host the event, to be held at Heroes Park in Meridian, Idaho just outside the state’s capital, where the venue boasts three full-size rugby pitches.

Special gifts for the tournament MVPs have been provided by RUGBYMag.com.

The teams will also get a visit from Idaho native and former USA Men’s National Team captain John van der Giessen.


Great Northwest Challenge Schedule

KO Time Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
9am U17 Boys H. Washington v. A. Oregon
U17 Boys H. Idaho v. A. Montana


10am Girls Bracket #1
H. Oregon U17 v. A. Idaho U19

Girls Bracket #2
H. No. Cal U17 v. A. Oregon U19

Girls Bracket #3
H. Colorado U17v. A. Washington U19

11am U19 Boys Washington v. Oregon
U19 Boys Idaho v. Montana


Noon Girls Bracket #1 No. Cal U19 v. Oregon U17
Girls Bracket #2 Montana U19 v. No. Cal U17
Bracket #3 Utah U19 v. Colorado U17
1pm U17 Boys Oregon v. Idaho
U17 Boys Montana v. Washington


2pm Girls Bracket #1 Idaho U19 v. No. Cal U19
Girls Bracket #2 Oregon U19 v. Montana U19
Girls Bracket #3 Wash. U19 v. Utah U19
3pm U19 Boys Oregon v. Idaho
U19 Boys Montana v. Washington










Girls Bracket #1
Boys U19 Bracket



Oregon U17
Idaho



Idaho U19
Montana



No. Cal U19
Oregon



Girls Bracket #2
Washington



No. Cal U17





Oregon U19
Boys U17 Bracket



Montana U19
Idaho



Girls Bracket #3
Montana



Colorado U17
Oregon



Washington U19
Washington



Utah U19











GNC Day 2 Games
KO Time Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
9am U17 Boys Washington v. Idaho
U17 Boys Montana v. Oregon


10am Winner Bracket #1 v. Bracket #2
2nd place from Bracket #1 v. Bracket #2
3rd place from Bracket #1 v. Bracket #2
11am U17 Boys Montana v. Washington
U19 Boys Montana v. Oregon
U19 Boys Washington v. Idaho
Noon Winner Bracket #3 v. Bracket #1
2nd place from Bracket #3 v. Bracket #1
3rd place from Bracket #3 v. Bracket #1
1pm U17 Boys Idaho v. Oregon
U19 Boys Idaho v. Oregon
U19 Boys Montana v. Washington
2pm Winner Bracket # 2 v. Bracket #3
2nd place from Bracket #2 v. Bracket #3
3rd place from Bracket #2 v. Bracket #3
3pm













Winner Brackets 1,2 & 3
2nd place from Brackets 1,2 & 3
3rd place from Brackets 1,2 & 3

Bracket #1 winner
Bracket #1 2nd
Bracket #1 3rd

Bracket #2 winner
Bracket #2 2nd
Bracket #2 3rd

Bracket #3 winner
Bracket #3 2nd
Bracket #3 3rd

**Winner of this Bracket determines the Girls Champ**













 
Written by Jackie Finlan    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 17:07    PDF Print Write e-mail
Collegiate All Stars 2 Teams Short
Colleges - Women's College


The Women’s Collegiate All Star Championship kicks off tomorrow in Glendale, Colo., but the competition won’t be at full strength as years prior. Typically eight teams strong, the NASCs will be without the Northeast and Southern California regions.

The all-star championship still allots seeds to territories, which conflicted with the two new Geographic Unions. The NRU was divided in Empire and Northeast GUs, and SoCal transitioned to a GU.

“It was decided by the Union not to enter a team in the tournament due to the fact that it usually lands during graduation weekend for many schools in California, the cost of traveling to for the players/team (usually it is in Pittsburgh) and time to prepare the players,” University of Arizona coach Rusty Wortman said on behalf of SoCal. “The Union decided that at this time we needed to pull back from the tournament and evaluate the future of all star or select side programs. There is quite a bit of money involved, and this year that money is going to be used to put on clinics in Southern California to grow women's rugby.”

The situation in the former NRU is more complicated. After dividing up the territorial union, the all-star competition called for the former companion LAUs to coordinate once again.

“It was disappointing that the Northeast region was unable to submit a collegiate team in this year's NASCs,” Empire VP Communications Renee Ovrut said. “However, given the restructuring from LAU/TUs to GUs, alongside movement of colleges into conferences, the organization and finances needed to select and support the most talented and capable players from our area was not possible this year.  In the end, taking a year off from selects was the best and most pragmatic option, and we look forward to rejoining the competition next year, either as a Northeast team or - ideally - as two select teams: one representing the Empire GU and the other the Northeast GU.”

The NRU’s late withdrawal caused some scheduling woes, as certain teams’ flights barred the ideal restructure. What emerged is a very convoluted if/then schedule. The Thursday matches are set: Four Tier 1 teams will play one game apiece, and the two Tier 2 team will face off. MARFU will play on Friday, Pacific Coast will play on Saturday, but it whether that’s for fifth or third place will be determined after tomorrow. The Tier 1 championship will be contested on Saturday.

Below is the match schedule:

Thursday
9 a.m.: Tier 2 semifinal – Pacific Coast (5) v MARFU (6)
11 a.m.: Tier 1 semifinal – Midwest (1) v West (4)
1 p.m.: Tier 1 semifinal – USA U20s (2) v South (3)

Friday
1 p.m.: 3rd/4th or 5th/6th place match v MARFU

Saturday
1 p.m.: 3rd/4th or 5th/6th place match v Pacific Coast
4 p.m.: Tier 1 final

If you want a jump on the playoff match-ups, below are the advancement scenarios, courtesy of USA Rugby Competitions Management Coordinator Eric Geib:

Midwest
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 11:00 AM (1 v 4)
Game 2: Plays Saturday at 4:00 PM if they win on Thursday; Plays Friday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Mid-Atlantic defeats the Pacific Coast; Plays Saturday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Pacific Coast defeats the Mid-Atlantic

USA U20s
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 1:00 PM (2 v 3)
Game 2: Plays Saturday at 4:00 PM if they win on Thursday; Plays Friday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Pacific Coast defeats the Mid-Atlantic; Plays Saturday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Mid-Atlantic defeats the Pacific Coast

South
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 1:00 PM (2 v 3)
Game 2: Plays Saturday at 4:00 PM if they win on Thursday; Plays Friday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Pacific Coast defeats the Mid-Atlantic; Plays Saturday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Mid-Atlantic defeats the Pacific Coast

West
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 11:00 AM (1 v 4)
Game 2: Plays Saturday at 4:00 PM if they win on Thursday; Plays Friday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Mid-Atlantic defeats the Pacific Coast; Plays Saturday at 1:00 PM if they lose and the Pacific Coast defeats the Mid-Atlantic

Pacific Coast
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 9:00 AM (5 v 6)
Game 2: Plays Saturday at 1:00 PM

Mid-Atlantic
Game 1: Will play Thursday at 9:00 AM (5 v 6)
Game 2: Plays Friday at 1:00 PM

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:56    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi, Infinity Park Team Up
Colleges - Camps & Clinics


Serevi Rugby and Infinity Park will be teaming up next month when the Glendale, Colorado venue hosts the Serevi Rugbytown 7s August 11th. This tournament will feature eight men’s club teams from around the world. Organizers are working on teams from Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the UK.

“We’re developing a series of tournaments and Infiniti Park was a logical and natural partner,” said Serevi co-founder and Sevens legend Waisale Serevi. “We think that Sevens – with its speed, physicality and high scoring nature -- is uniquely positioned to appeal to the American consumer. Our sole mission is to grow the game of rugby in North America. Growing the Sevens brand is one way to that end.”

Adds Serevi Director of Programming Evan Haigh, “We’re developing partnerships in North America and around the world aimed at delivering Waisale’s unique and differentiated programming to a rapidly growing Sevens marketplace. The pent-up demand has exceeded even our wildest expectations.”

Serevi Rugby will hold a two-day training camp August 9 & 10 for players leading into the Serevi Rugbytown 7s. Coaches will include Serevi, Evan Haigh, Mike Mangan and Hannah Stolba.

“Via their participation in the training camp and their exposure to the tournament, we’re trying to introduce American players to a higher level of coaching and to a higher level of competition as well,” said Serevi. “We can’t wait to get to Glendale.”

 


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