Tag: usa rugby

  • Al Caravelli: "I can’t stop smiling"

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>USA Sevens coach Al Caravelli underlines what the Olympic decision means to rugby in the States.</strong></em></span> <div class="image_block"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/boydusa_7473_SQ_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="" title="" width="225" height="225" /></div> <span style="color:#009900"><em><strong>Justin Boyd helped the USA to its most successful ever season last year</strong></em></span> The sport of Sevens, and all of Rugby, has just been handed an incredible opportunity, and I share the excitement that my fellow coaches and players have in the aftermath of the Olympic vote. As my colleague and friend Paul Treu, the South Africa Sevens coach, says: <em>"Life will change as we know it today with the inclusion of rugby Sevens in the Olympics".</em> On the evening of 8 October I felt like a child waiting to open his presents on Christmas day. I set my alarm for 05:15 for the Friday but didn't even need the alarm. I woke up five minutes before it went off, turned on my computer and started to watch the proceedings live online from Copenhagen. I could not take my eyes off it and was glued to the monitor until the vote came through. During the presentations, I knew for a fact that Rugby's was very impressive, professional and gave all the passion that our sport brings. I very much enjoyed the comments and questions from the IOC membership and my favourite came from two members who asked why our Olympic event was only planned for 12 teams! I also liked IRB Chief Executive Mike Millar's answer: <em>"We followed the guidance of the Executive members of the IOC, but if the IOC feels we should have more teams, we will add more."</em> I can see that for the benefit of the Olympics, we should have a minimum of 16 teams, and the fact that it's happening in Rio is an even bigger bonus. Only time will tell. <span style="color:#0000CC"><em><strong>"Even after my car was towed, I was still smiling"</strong></em></span> Later that day I went into New York City to celebrate with several rugby people, since this is a historic moment for everyone in the global rugby family. Even after getting my car towed I was still smiling. Nothing could have got me down on that day, and very little has since. Now that we are an official Olympic sport it will create several opportunities for rugby all across the world. Last week I was in Argentina, the country my father and I played for, at a Sevens coaching course organized jointly by the IRB and the Pan American Sports Organization, sponsored by the Argentine Olympic Committee and the Argentina Rugby Union. This was fully funded by PASO and the National Olympic Committees, there was only one representative per country and I was amazed when I saw 30 people in attendance. The countries represented were Canada (Morgan Williams, new men's coach), USA (Sue Parker, current Women's Coach), Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Trinidad &amp; Tobago, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Dutch Antilles, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Paraguay, Colombia, Saint Vincent, Argentina (new coach, Nicolas Fernandez Lobbe) and Paraguay. <!–nextpage–> To have 30 participants to something organized in such a short timeframe was hugely impressive and the goal was to make sure that the countries' national coaches are certified to coach Sevens for the Pan Am games in 2011 and, of course, the Olympics in Rio. <span style="color:#0000CC"><em><strong>Coaches turn to Sevens</strong></em></span> Four of the coaches had no rugby coaching experience at all but, having been top class coaches for over 20 years in other sports like soccer and swimming, were sent along. So, as we all imagined, things will move quickly for people who take advantage of these opportunities. Back in the USA, everyone seems to be asking us how much money will USA Rugby will get, but we don't view it that way. What we see now is that resources will become more available to us via the US Olympic Committee (USOC). Having availability to the Olympic Training Centres (OTC), living on site, taking advantage of the world class facilities that have been set up for current medallists and Olympic hopefuls are all huge benefits, plus there's nutrition, mental skills, sports physiology (for example lactate test), sports medical facilities, top of the line playing surfaces, recovery aids, to name just a few things. What is required from us is still a lot of hard work to continue to grow our relationship with the USOC and the OTCs, but the good thing is that we in rugby are used to hard work, especially in the USA where nothing has ever come easy. We don't expect anything easy so whatever is given to us we are grateful for, but it will change our lives. These are very exciting times. <span style="color:#0000CC"><em><strong>A world of opportunity</strong></em></span> Shortly, we will be on site at the OTC in Chula Vista, just south of San Diego, in preparation for the first two IRB Sevens World Series events in Dubai and George, South Africa. Twenty athletes will be competing for the 12 spots on the squad, and the honour of representing the USA against England, Kenya and Russia first up. We will have 15 or more new players so this is the best possible environment that these athletes can be in to prepare for the start of the series. Neither have we given up on the idea of giving our players the ability to train full time. We are still working on that as we all know that South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya, Scotland and now Wales have raised the stakes by centrally contracting their players for Sevens. We want to do the same. In the meantime, we will continue to work hard and keep smiling. The future is very bright. Source: <a href="http://www.irb.com/irbsevens/news/newsid=2034111.html">Al Caravelli, iRB.com</a>

  • Caravelli Unveils new USA Sevens Side

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>United States coach Al Caravelli has chosen a 22-man squad for an eight-day selection camp ahead of the Wellington and San Diego legs of the International Rugby Board ( IRB ) Sevens World Series.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/USA Rugby_01.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="104" height="104" alt="" /><br /> <em>Caravelli will select a final squad of 12 over the course of the camp, which kicks off on 19 January. The selection will be based on fitness, defensive ability and form assessments.</em><br /> <br /> The camp will provide Caravelli with a chance to work with a number of new players - Corey Blair (Huntington Beach Unicorns), Troy Hunt (White Plains), Mike Hicks (San Diego State) and Nicholas Hawkins (OMBAC) - who showed potential in the US's Rugby National Guard Men's All-Star Championships in December.<br /> <br /> However, the cream of Caravelli's new crop is Austin Sage, of Red Mountain, who performed well at the last Under-19 Camp.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "Even though he is only 18 and has only been playing rugby for a few months, he is athletic, quick-footed, strong and has the pace we need in Sevens," Caravelli said.<br /> "I'm really looking forward to seeing him perform during the week. If he works hard and puts in the individual time that our current squad puts in, I can see him making one of the traveling squads this year." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The other 18 players on the camp all attended the last assembly of the US Sevens squad ahead of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments in Dubai and George, with two exceptions - Owen Lentz (Maryland Exiles), and Jason Pye (Park City Haggis), who are injured.<br /> <br /> The rest of the squad includes Todd Clever (OMBAC), Thretton Palamo (Biarritz), Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbos), Riaan Hamilton (OMBAC), Nic Johnson (Denver Barbos), Matt Hawkins (OMBAC), James Gillenwater (Santa Rosa, Argentina), Clint Whittler (Arkansas State), Dallen Stanford (Belmont), Nese Malifa (Belmont), Chris Wyles (OMBAC), PJ Komongnan, Justin Boyd (Texas A&amp;M) and Mike Palefau (Petrarca).<br /> <br /> Noticeably missing from the pool are Jone Naqica (San Francisco Golden Gate), Tui Osborne (OMBAC) and Vili Matanibukaca (Old Puget Sound) - who are recovering from injuries.<br /> <br /> Caravelli expects them all back for the squad's assembly ahead of the Hong Kong tournament in March.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "This is a very young squad but has a good mix of experience in the likes of Clever, Hamilton, Wyles, Palefau, Gillenwater and Stanford," Caravelli said.<br /> "Those guys are our most active capped Sevens players. They have a tremendous amount of leadership qualities and an ever growing tenacity to win.<br /> "I know all the boys have been putting in the individual hard work that we now expect from every one of our athletes and our staff," Caravelli added.<br /> "Everyone has logged a lot of hours preparing for this assembly. We haven't won a game on day one of Wellington in the last five years and we want to build on our performances from George.<br /> "We aren't working on anything special or any secret formula, just the basics, tightening up our defence, being able to finish our breaks and controlling the ball at the point of contact. Those are our goals for Wellington." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Caravelli will be holding "tryout" Sevens matches on January 24 and 25, which will pit the top players against one another.<br /> <br /> Outcomes from these matches will directly affect who will make the next squads.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.planet-rugby.co.za/Story/0,18259,3551_3060946,00.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Planet Rugby</strong></font></u></a>

  • San Diego Invitational Tournament Builds Rugby Momentum Prior to USA Sevens

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Leading up to the USA Sevens, the San Diego Invitational (SDI) tournament will be held February 7-8, at San Diego’s Robb Fields. The event is the official tournament for all ages and skill levels associated with the USA Sevens International Tournament and Fan Festival.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/usasevens.PNG" align="left" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="232" height="109" alt="" /><br /> <em>The invitational is open to men, women, boys and girls and includes eight divisions: international women, women’s club sevens, international touch, masters, club, college, high school and youth. National and club teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as a handful of other international select sides will compete in the tournament.</em><br /> <br /> In its spotlight event, the SDI will showcase eight elite sides in the international women’s competition on February 8. Samoa, South Africa, USA, USA A, Canada, Canada A, Canadian collegiate side the Pandas, and an additional sides yet to be confirmed, will compete in four matches each. The championship game will be played on February 8 and awards will be presented during day one of the USA Sevens event at PETCO Park.<br /> <br /> Another highlight comes in the collegiate bracket, which includes the current national champion, Cal-Berkeley, BYU, Navy and Utah, as well as local favorites and national qualifier San Diego State versus the University of California, San Diego in a league match.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The San Diego Invitational leads up to the largest international rugby event in North America, the USA Sevens at PETCO Park on February 9-10. The tournament is a stop on the 2007-2008 IRB World Series, which includes 16 top international sides: USA, Australia, England, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Kenya, West Indies, Chile, Canada, South Africa, Samoa, defending event champions Fiji, Argentina, Mexico and Wales.<br /> <br /> The SDI tournament gets underway with the Men’s 15s competition on Thursday, February 7, at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) and runs until sunset at 5 p.m. Play resumes at 8 a.m. on Friday, with a full day of both men’s and women’s matches lasting until 5 p.m. The youth competition is set to take place prior to the kick off of the USA Sevens event on Saturday and SDI awards will also be presented at PETCO Park. <br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.heavensgame.com/national-news/usa/san-diego-invitational-tournament-builds-rugby-momentum-prior-to-usa-sevens.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>HeavensGame</strong></font></u></a>

  • NAWIRA 7s 2007 in Pictures - Part 1

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Thanks to Jennifer O'Neill for these photographs.</strong></font><br /> <br /> I've reduced the quality of the images considerably in order to present them here and these don't do Jen's photography justice. However, if you'd like a full quality ( 4.5MB ) copy of any of the pictures below, please contact me: <font color="#0000CC"><strong>ely@rugbybahamas.com</strong></font>, quoting the <em>image ID number</em>.<br /> <br /> There are 150 pictures in total and I've put them in groups of 30, in chronological order of games throughout the two days. This is the first set.<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#009900"><strong><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0012_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="195" alt="" /> DSC0012<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0030_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="300" height="448" alt="" /> DSC0030<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0050_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="217" alt="" /> DSC0050</strong></font></div><br /> <!–more–><br /> <div align="center"><font color="#009900"><strong><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0002_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0002<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0003_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0003<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0004_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="178" alt="" /> DSC0004<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0006_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="197" alt="" /> DSC0006<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0012_02.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="195" alt="" /> DSC0012<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0016_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="176" alt="" /> DSC0016<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0017_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0017<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0018_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="198" alt="" /> DSC0018<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0019_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0019<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0022_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="298" height="300" alt="" /> DSC0022<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0023_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="248" alt="" /> DSC0023<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0025_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="231" alt="" /> DSC0025<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0026_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="300" alt="" /> DSC0026<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0027_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="300" height="448" alt="" /> DSC0027<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0034_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="271" alt="" /> DSC0034<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0036_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="298" height="350" alt="" /> DSC0036<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0038_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="195" alt="" /> DSC0038<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0039_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="298" height="374" alt="" /> DSC0039<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0043_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="222" alt="" /> DSC0043<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0045_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="196" alt="" /> DSC0045<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0047_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="300" height="448" alt="" /> DSC0047<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0048_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="239" alt="" /> DSC0048<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0049_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0049<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0053_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="262" alt="" /> DSC0053<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0054_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="201" alt="" /> DSC0054<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0075_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="224" alt="" /> DSC0075<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/_DSC0087_01.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="241" alt="" /> DSC0087</strong></font></div><br /> <br /> Links to the other pictures:<br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_2" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 2</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_3" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 3</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_4" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 4</strong></font></u></a><br /> <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/19/nawira_7s_2007_in_pictures_part_5" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Part 5</strong></font></u></a>

  • US High School Rugby Initiative

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>America is encouraging youth teams to align themselves with secondary schools, even though the junior XVs usually do not enjoy official sanction.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>Simultaneously, under-19 leagues are being pushed to follow state boundary lines, rather than conform to established sub-unions. Both moves would have the effect of moving rugby away from the traditional juniors model.</em><br /> <br /> The pair of USA Rugby initiatives are intended to promote piggybacking on powerful, well-funded school athletic departments as well as the athletic associations that have grown up around football, basketball, and some 20 other scholastic sports.<br /> <br /> In late October, the union said it would divide its national youth championship into two divisions, creating a new category for teams comprising players from a single institution. Another division will remain for conventional U19 teams.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> 'The strategic goal for USA Rugby is to have rugby formally recognized and supported by high schools,' Peter Steinberg, the union's youth manager, said in a prepared statement. 'The new championship structure will support this goal by encouraging the formation of single high school teams, while allowing multi-school club teams to continue to compete.' </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Also in 2008, Boulder is to begin disbursing cash grants to support the administrative costs - including executive directors and game development officers - of so-called state-based organizations. Some 14 SBOs have been designated to receive the grants. As America's 37 subunions generally overlap or subdivide its 50 states, the move portends a major change in governance.<br /> <br /> In recent years, Tennessee and Oregon have established themselves as successful SBOs. But since neither are traditional strongholds, the forthcoming shift to the SBO model in the Washington DC area will prove a more important test of what amounts to a major bet that the USA's conventional approach to sports will promote growth in rugby union.<br /> <br /> Local officials expect a three-way split among Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland teams will both increase the number of XVs and encourage them to make institutional inroads. 'Growth will come from attracting kids from high schools,' Potomac RFU director Eric Pittelkau summarized of the union's vision.<br /> <br /> The Potomac union belongs to the densely populated Mid-Atlantic territory, which includes parts of the Eastern seaboard's Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, and known its depth of competition and rigorous administration. But that heritage has not precluded the Potomac's aggressive departure.<br /> <br /> The changes may not come without cost, however, as five of the six teams in the newly recognized Virginian SBO are 'club based,' and there is some concern that the move to align with the schools system shortchanges the senior outfits which have worked to build youth programs.<br /> <br /> Additionally, the Virginians and possibly the balance of the Potomac schools are effectively conceding this year's national title chase, as early spring weather and a revised schedule all but preclude taking part. In the 1990s, Maryland's Whitman and Gonzaga both reached the American semifinals.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://heavensgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=299&amp;Itemid=182" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Heaven's Game</strong></font></u></a>

  • Bahamas To Host IRB World Championship Sevens Qualifier

    <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Bahamas.JPG"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Bahamas.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="94" alt="" /></a>The International Rugby Board ( IRB ) has formally announced that <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Bahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU) has won the bid to host the IRB World Championship (2009) Qualifier.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/JPEG Logo 1.JPG" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="100" height="153" alt="" /><br /> <em>The event will be held in Nassau on October 25th &amp; 26th, 2008.</em> <br /> <br /> The Bahamas outbid <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2007/12/17/taamp_t_disappointed_with_failed_bid" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Trinidad &amp; Tobago</strong></font></u></a> to win the right to host this major regional tournament, due in part to the success of the 2007 North America &amp; West Indies (NAWIRA) Sevens that were hosted by the BRFU in November of this year.<br /> <br /> The top two teams in the region will go on to represent NAWIRA in the <a href="http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/mediazone/pressrelease/newsid=278566.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>World Championships</strong></font></u></a> which will be held in Dubai in February 2009.<br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/irb_sevens_01.jpg" align="left" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="146" height="180" alt="" /><br /> The World Championship Qualifier is bigger than the NAWIRA Sevens in that every team in the region will attend and there is much more at stake. As well as the NAWIRA teams that played in November, we should also see women's teams from Trinidad &amp; Tobago, Cayman, Bermuda, Barbados and The Bahamas, wile the USA &amp; Canada will send a full strength squad and not development teams.<br /> In the Men's competition, we can expect Mexico, Cayman, Barbados, Guyana, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad &amp; Tobago, St. Vincent &amp; the Grenadines, and The Bahamas to be joined by the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia, while the USA and Canada will also be sending their strongest possible squads.<br /> Martinique, Guadeloupe and Turks &amp; Caicos will not be represented because although they are members of NAWIRA, they do not have full IRB status.<br /> <br /> Being awarded this prestigious event is another indication that Bahamian Rugby is gaining respect within the region. Its now down to our players to ensure they play their part…..<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>LETS GO BAHAMAS!</strong></font></div>


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