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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.


  • Do you have athletic abilities?
  • Have you tried other sports?
  • Have you felt like your talents are being overlooked?
  • Do you train harder than others?
  • Are you committed to excellence?
  • Do you enjoy competition?
  • Do you have a dream to be an Olympian?
If you answer YES to any of the above, you are ready for our academy.

Road to Olympics.
Flag rugby in grades 3-8
Contact rugby in local high school
High school All Star Arizona team
USA High School All American team
Men or Women USA rugby try out camps in California/Colorado

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