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Rugby sevens at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics was held from August 17 to August 20. The events took place at the Youth Olympic Sports Park in Nanjing, China. This marked the debut of Rugby sevens at the Youth Olympics as it was voted an Olympic sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

With the inclusion of Rugby 7s in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2014 Youth Summer Olympics in Nanjing, China will feature the sport as well. The United States will be sending twelve boys and twelve girls to represent the Stars and Stripes.

Selections for the squads are made through a number of different mediums. Various camps around the country, including those held at Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, aided in player identification. In addition, Regional All-Star Tournaments and High School All-American events were critical in searching for talent. The coaching staff attended a number of tournaments around the country, while also sending scouts to tournaments they could not attend. High Quality youth teams are certainly given a strong look, while recommendations from within the rugby community, Rising Stars Rugby Academy,  were also considered.

”Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.”

Joe Theismann, American football player.


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Perry Baker (Fl.) is an American rugby sevens player for the United States national rugby sevens team. With over 110 tries, Baker ranks second all-time in the list of leading try-scorers for the U.S. national sevens team. Former American sprinter.


Brett Thompson
(USA rugby player. Former; Univ. of AZ rugby, Tempe (AZ) rugby club, Marcos De Niza HS)

Carlin Isles (from Ohio) is the fastest rugby player in the world & former USA Olympic sprinter.
Usain Bolt (world record holder) - 9.58 secs
Carlin Isles (Fastest in rugby) - 10.13
Carlin Isles faster than Usain Bolt over 20 Yards?

NFL New England Patriots player Nate Ebner selected for 2016 US Olympic rugby sevens squad.

Former Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green coming to the Linc as a rugby player