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Fresh from its successes at the New York Sevens tournament, the Northeast Academy will continue to fulfill its mission of providing aspiring rugby players from the region with competitive opportunities, as it competes in this year’s FLOW Rugby Barbados World 7s this coming weekend December 10-11, 2016. Previously held in Tobago, the Northeast is a former winner of the Mens Division
The Northeast Wolves Mens side will be captained by USA Eagle Nate Augspurger and includes veteran players such as Derek Lipscomb and Jared Collinson. While missing the regular forward trio of Brakeley, Schwarz and Higgins, there is still plenty of firepower with the emerging talents of Connor Wallace-Sims and John Sullivan. The team will be coached for the last time by outgoing Director Sean Horan who is assisted by Ryszard Chadwick. The Northeast will be tested by international opposition such as the Border Reivers (Scotland), Esher (England) and Canada’s Upright Rogues, as well as familiar domestic foes Atlantis.
In a very competitive Womens bracket featuring Aptoella (NZ), Ecosse (Scotland) and the Howlers from Canada, there will also be plenty of American talent on show with the Northeast joined by teams from Atlantis and Scion. The Northeast will be skippered by Morgan Roberts and feature the high-scoring Sarah Buonopane in what is a relatively young squad. Longtime Northeast and Old Blue Mens coach Steve Lewis will assume the Head Coaching duties ably assisted by Gary Heavner and Tom Feury.
“We are delighted to be heading to Barbados” said Lewis, “and giving our young men and women further opportunities to grow and test themselves against quality competition in unfamiliar surroundings. And as always we are grateful to the support from both the New England and Empire Unions as well as Samurai Sportswear.”
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The Northeast Academy, with training squads in New York City, Boston and Buffalo, is a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA National teams and future USA Olympic teams. The Academy will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.