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Despite a slow start, Boston Rugby Club finished with a strong campaign during the 2013 Summer 7s season. They competed in all five Northeast qualifiers last year, finishing in the middle of the table. Boston’s preseason has looked strong with over 30 players attending practice the past few weeks. Coach Rob Conway believes, “With the strong support we have received from the Boston Rugby Club, along with a strong group of players, there is a great opportunity to make a serious run at Nationals this year.”
Head Sevens Coach: Robert Conway
Returning Players to watch
Duran Vota: Duran is the captain of the Boston 7s squad. He will be featured at hooker and center this summer. He is very dangerous with the ball in hand; exhibiting great speed, powerful running, and has the ability to break a game open with a long run at any point. Furthermore, he is a hard-hitter in defense and will remain a key component to Boston’s success this summer.
Michael Hunnewell: Michael will be seen in the forwards for Boston this summer. His height and long reach will prove valuable during set pieces, as he is the primary jumper for lineouts and goes up for the ball during restarts.
Erik Brierly: Erik is expected to play both hooker and wing for Boston. As a strength and conditioning coach himself, he is a very fit, strong, and physical player who also possesses great ball-handling skills.
Notable New Players
Glynn Mackenzie: Glynn was out last summer sevens season with a shoulder injury, but had a great showing for Boston in 15s this year. He possesses great decision making skills and will play in the backs for Boston this summer.
John Clogan: John is a sevens prop from Ireland. He is a big man who is an effective ball carrier that has the ability to power through tackles in contact.
JJ Corpuz-Jackson: JJ is another big body and just finished his career playing for AIC. He is a physical presence on the field that will also be playing in the forwards this summer.
Gavan D’Amore-Morrison: Gavan is a 1st Team All ECRC flanker for AIC who will bring a high work-rate and aggressive play to Boston this year.
Ben Roach: Ben is also coming out of the rugby program at AIC. He is a scrumhalf with excellent dropkicking ability. Additionally, he a strong defender and a weapon in attack as well.
ODA Players Playing For Boston: Duran Vota, JJ Corpuz-Jackson, Atoa Ripley, Michael Hunnewell, Gavan D’Amore-Morrison, Terry Quick, Scott Coleman, Erik Brierly, Ben Roach