by Ted Hardy
The USA High School All-American boy's team is set to return to the famed Rosslyn Park National School Sevens tournament in England. World renowned as being one of the biggest rugby tournaments on the planet, the HSBC Rosslyn Park Sevens is set to take place March 18-22, 2013.
Initially launched in 1939, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens has evolved into the world's largest school rugby tournament with nearly 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 18 competing annually. The 74th Rosslyn Park National School Sevens plays host to 600 teams across multiple age divisions. A whopping 2180 games will be played across all divisions during the five-day tournament.
The tournament has an unrivalled alumni of former participants including former England captains Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Carling, Gareth Edwards and Ben Gollings, who have all played in the tournament which was first won by St George’s Harpenden in 1939.
The All-Americans are playing in the U18 Open division which boasts a whopping 105 teams in the competition and also serves as the top division in the tournament. The All-Americans have been placed on Pool C alongside Kirkham Grammar, London Oratory, Robert Clack, and Tasker Milward.
This will not be the All-Americans first visit to the tournament. The squad competed in the event last year and was very successful. The squad won their pool with a 4-0 record outscoring their opponents 183-22. The All-Americans followed their pool momentum with a win in their first elimination game 28-17 over Skinner's School. The win advanced the the All-Americans to the Round of 16. The squad was knocked out of the tournament by Llandovery College, a top Welsh side.
The High School All-Americans 7's team will be in action next month at the Las Vegas Invitational where they are fielding two teams in the High School Elite 7's division.
To learn more about the HSBC Rosslyn Park Sevens, please go to http://www.rpns7.co.uk/