USA Rugby unveils Sevens residency programmes
USA Rugby has announced the details of both the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens Eagles residency programmes for 2013.
Thirty-two players, men and women, have been selected to train full-time at the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) in Chula Vista, California, and while the athletes will live off-site, they will have full use of the high performance facilities, including recovery and analysis equipment, sports psychologists and dieticians.
“These are exciting times for USA Rugby because of our partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The high performance facilities and experience they bring in supporting athletes for the Olympics is invaluable,” said USA Rugby CEO, Nigel Melville.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for rugby players in the United States. Having our athletes alongside Olympians from a variety of sports is fantastic for us as both our men’s and women’s programs move forward in developing our players,” continued Melville.
Women gear up for Houston round of World Series
The re-introduction of rugby into the Olympic Games for 2016 has fuelled the launch of the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Series. Following the first round of the tournament in Dubai this December, the USA are ranked ninth with three more tournaments in the series.
The residency programme includes 16 female athletes, doubling the number of full-time athletes from 2012, and creating a more suitable training environment. They are: Sadie Anderson, Bui Baravilala, Emilie Bydwell, Ryan Carlye, Katie Dowty, Lauren Doyle, Vix Folayan, Kelly Griffin, Hannah Lopez, Nathalie Marchino, Vanesha McGee, Deven Owsiany, Jane Paar, Jillion Potter, Christy Ringgenberg and Kimber Rozier.
“This group brings us more speed and increased positional flexibility when making selections. This is great as it will make my job difficult, but very enjoyable,” said USA women’s Sevens head coach, Ric Suggitt.
Men's team prepares for Wellington
The men’s programme also sees 16 athletes in residence, with Luke Hume being the lone addition following the first three tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The full squad is: Nate Augspurger, Andrew Durutalo, Nick Edwards, Tai Enosa , Jack Halalilo, Matt Hawkins, Colin Hawley, Luke Hume, Carlin Isles, Folau Niua, Blaine Scully, Shalom Suniula, Mike Teo, Zack Test, Brett Thompson and Maka Unufe.
“We are pretty excited. Given the good mix of experience, youth and athleticism our athletes have the opportunity to be consistently high-achievers on the circuit,” said men’s Sevens head coach, Alex Magleby.
“It’s a really fun group to work with. They are maturing on and off the field in so many ways and are showing that they really value the opportunity that USA Rugby and the USOC has provided us.”
After three rounds on the HSBC Sevens World Series the men’s Eagles are ranked 12th with six more tournaments. The immediate attention, however, is on Wellington and Houston as both of the respective programmes look to gain additional Series points.
“We’re excited for our supporters to follow the men’s and women’s Eagles as they take on countries from all over the world in the upcoming year,” added Melville.
2012/13 season, men and women, remaining events:
IRB Women's Sevens World Series, remaining rounds
Women’s Sevens World Series: Houston, USA | February 1-2
Women’s Sevens World Series: Guangzhou, China | March 30-31
Women’s Sevens World Series: Amsterdam, Netherlands | May 17-18
HSBC Sevens World Series, remaining rounds
HSBC Sevens World Series: Wellington, New Zealand | February 1-2
HSBC Sevens World Series: Las Vegas, USA | February 8-10
HSBC Sevens World Series: Hong Kong, China | March 22-24
HSBC Sevens World Series: Tokyo, Japan | March 30-31
HSBC Sevens World Series: Edinburgh, Scotland | May 4-5
HSBC Sevens World Series: London, England | May 11-12
* Rugby World Cup Sevens (men and women): Moscow, Russia, June 28-30