Due to massive late interest, the USA 7s team all-comers combine to be held this coming Sunday in Wilmington, Del., has extended the pre-registration deadline.
According to Biddy Boyle, who is working on the combine with a variety of other coaches, 75 players have already signed up. However, many have signed up late, and Boyle has extended the deadline for the June 26 event to June 25.
“We need people to pre-register because then we know how many athletes will be there, and can staff accordingly,” said Boyle.
The combine is part of Caravelli’s drive to search the country for players who could help the USA 7s team in the 2011 Pan Am Games, the 2013 7s World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Players with 7s experience or no are welcome, as well as athletes who are looking to try 7s out but are not very familiar with the sport of rugby or the 7s variation of rugby.
This will also serve as a scouting opportunity for Mid-Atlantic RFU All-Star Coach Chris Harvey.
Boyle pointed out that the last time an open camp like this was held in the region was at Albright College in 2005, when Caravelli, Boyle, Emil Signes, Jo Jo Gunn, Jason Horowitz and Joe Morrison held a tryout. From that group, three USA players, Marco Barnard, Marcus Respes and PJ Komognan were identified.
“I am sure we will get a diamond in the rough this time,” said Boyle.
The Combine will be overseen and run by the following coaches:
Al Caravelli, USA Mens 7s Head Coach
Chris Harvey, MARFU Mens 7s Head Coach
Biddy Boyle, MARFU Mens 7s Assistant & Development Coach
Stephen Siano, Camp Director
Special Thanks to Bjorn Haglid, the Delaware Rugby Foundation, Philadelphia Whtemarsh Men’s 7s team, the Wilmington Men’s 7s team and Al Caravelli USA Rugby Men’s 7s Head Coach.