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Sean Rafferty carrying the ball for Northeast ODA at the LVI

The Northeast Academy has named its lineup for this weekend's Serevi Rugbytown Sevens in Glendale, Colo. A couple of players are looking to make their Northeast debuts on the weekend as the Academy looks to improve on a plate title last year. 

Competition for each and every spot on the 12 man roster was fiercely contested in the lead-up to Academy’s 2015 debut tournament. Players in the Northeast pathway are evaluated both on their performance levels in camp and with their respective home clubs during the Northeast 7s series.

Intra-squad rivalry heated up throughout the summer as players in both of the Academy’s New York and Boston groups met on opposite sides of the pitch week-in and week-out. The team’s depth chart is dense with talent from all over New York and New England. Players from Mystic River, Old Blue NY, as well as from NYAC, Boston RFC and the CT Bulldogs all were in the consideration for slots on the Rugbytown roster.

Barring injury, only two members of the Academy’s 2015 roster will be making their on-field debut with the ODA. Connor Wallace-Sims of the USA Under-20s and 7s All American Dylan Carrion are the talented rookie Academy members making the initial roster. University of Oklahoma standout Michael Al-Jiboori is also making his first trip with the ODA as the named reserve.

Every member of the rest of the squad has previously earned Northeast minutes at other high level international tournaments such as Elite City Sevens, LVI and World Club events. 

1) Dylan Carrion
2) Jared Collinson
3) Vini Daley
4) Jon Feldman
5) Chris Frazier
6) Marcus Henderson
7) Rick Kirkland
8) Derek Lipscomb
9) Gavan D'Amore-Morrison
10) Pono Haitsuka
11) Sean Rafferty
12) Connor Wallace-Sims
Reserve - Michael Al-Jiboori