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EIRA Rugby Tour in Canada in the Summer of 2017.

The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Academy launches it’s 2017/2018 coaching season on October 15th at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. with a training session for coaches from 10:00am to 1:00pm followed by a Player Talent ID Clinic from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

We are pleased to announce that we are adding girls rugby to the program this year.

The training session for coaches will be in a classroom that Gonzaga has kindly made available and will be open for all coaches in the Mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware). The coaching course will generally deal with concepts that will be coached in the afternoon and will include coaching standards and best practices, catch/pass, contact skills, decision-making, and defense.

In order to register for the coaches sessions, please go onto the EIRA website (https://www.eirarugby.org/) and register for the course (there is a $60.00 charge for the course). We are doing everything we can to get the word out and would appreciate it if you would you also please pass this on to any coaches in your sphere of influence who may not have received this notification. All coaches are welcome to stay and watch the Player ID Clinic in the afternoon.

The Player Talent ID Clinic is a training course specifically aimed at identifying players (both Boys and Girls) who are capable at playing rugby at a higher level. Those identified as such at the Player ID Clinic will be invited to join EIRA for the full 2017/2018 EIRA program which continues on the following Sunday. Please could you send us a list of the names of all players (both boys and girls) who you believe may be capable of, or have the passion for rugby necessary to play at a higher level, or simply tell them to go to the EIRA website (https://www.eirarugby.org/) and register for the Mid-Atlantic Player ID Clinic (there is a $34.00 charge for the Player ID Clinic). All existing EIRA players from last year have already received invitations to sign up for the full 2017/2018 program which includes the Player ID Clinic.

We are making every attempt to reach as many players as possible and would appreciate it if you could speak to all of your players who you would like to see being involved in EIRA.

The upcoming tryouts and coaches clinic on October 15 at Gonzaga kicks off the 2017 fall program which is followed by four skills sessions and intra-squad games concluding with a match in early December against another EIRA region.

EIRA was founded in 2011 with a stated aim of “closing the gap” and since then we have created nine EIRA Regional Academies which in 2016/2017 provided training in 14 states. EIRA regional teams played in a number of competitions and EIRA National teams competed locally in sevens at the Las Vegas Invitational and North American Invitational tournaments and internationally against Canadian teams in British Columbia and Ontaio and against two academies in Ireland.

As the Mid-Atlantic EIRA Regional Academy, it is our intent to follow the EIRA’s stated policy of cooperation with local rugby throughout the country and we will remain as transparent as possible to all of the clubs and coaches in our region through as much communication as reasonably possible.

2017 was an incredibly successful season for EIRA providing a number of High School All-Americans and EIRA teams on the tours below wining 31 out of 38 games including two out of three against top Irish Academies (Ulster and Leinster) and seven out of ten against Canadian teams.  

  • Ireland  - One U17 team, 28 players, four coaches, and one trainer to Ireland from 15 states
  • British Columbia - One U16 and One U17 team, 52 players, six coaches, a manager and two trainers from 11 states
  • Ontario - 55 players, six coaches, two trainers from 22 states
  • EIRA Sevens - High School and U16s won the Elite Divisions in Las Vegas and North American Invitational 7s

2017 EIRA Stats:

  • 17 out of 25 HSAA players against British Columbia were part of EIRA - 68%
  • 16 out of 25 HSAA players on the Ontario tour were part of EIRA - 64%
  • Two out of every three HSAAs are in EIRA
  • EIRA Mid-Atlantic started as a core region in 2017
  • EIRA Mid-Atlantic produced four Ontario tour HSAAs

While 2017 was spectacular, 2018 looks set to be even more exciting. In 2018, we already have the following tours booked

  • Ireland - In 2017, we had one U17 team and played two academies, they have invited us back in 2018 with two teams, U16 and U17, to play against three academies.
  • British Columbia - Two teams, U16 and U17
  • Ontario - Three teams, U16, U18, and a Girls team
  • Argentina - An open development tour, age group to be finalized
  • Las Vegas Invitational 7s  - Elite, U16 Boys, and Girls Divisions
  • North American Invitational 7s - Elite, U16 Boys, and Girls Divisions                 

                                                         CLOSING THE GAP

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

The 2017/2018 Mid-Atlantic training program consists of the following:

SessionDateLocationTime
Player Talent ID ClinicSunday October 15thGonzaga2:00pm to 5:00pm
Skills SessionSunday October 22ndTBD1:30pm to 4:30pm
Skills SessionSunday October 29thTBD1:30pm to 4:30pm
ScrimmageSaturday November 4thMorven Park, LeesburgTBD
Skills SessionsSunday November 12thTBD1:30pm to 4:30pm
GameSaturday December 2ndTBD, Probably Southern VA or North CarolinaTBD