Elite City Sevens tryouts searching for nation's best

"There will be 144 guys who have an opportunity they perhaps didn’t have in the past to prove to the national coach that they are one of the best players in the U.S."

BOULDER, Colo. – Twelve all-star sevens teams are currently holding tryouts for the inaugural Elite City Sevens competition, to be held at Houston Sports Park June 6-7.

Teams in cities like Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., have already seen many of the top players in their respective regions attend trials, while more are on the horizon beginning Wednesday, April 23.

“There have been higher attendance numbers than expected with the short runway, which is good to see,” USA Rugby National Development Director Alex Magleby said. “That should continue with the other cities in the coming weeks as collegiate and club spring rugby winds down.”

The 12 teams competing for the Elite City Sevens trophy and a berth in the second-annual World Club 7s at Twickenham Stadium are based out of Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.

For the long-term, Magleby and the USA Rugby High Performance staff are searching for future Eagles ahead of Rugby Sevens’ inclusion on the Olympic Program at Rio 2016.

“There will be 144 guys who have an opportunity they perhaps didn’t have in the past to prove to the national coach that they are one of the best players in the U.S.,” Magleby said. “With the June date, it gives a player a chance to work into the national picture for the crucial 2014-15 Olympic qualifying season, and is a nice kickoff to the summer club sevens season.”

Houston’s tryout in Austin Wednesday follows on the successes of the first tryout in Houston Sunday, April 20. The other Texas team, Dallas, has tryouts scheduled in Dallas and Kansas City May 10 and 11, respectively, before a final selections camp May 24-25.

See the full list of camp dates below:

TeamTryout/CampLocationDateContact
BostonTryoutNew York City - Columbia UniversityMay 10Sean Horan
BostonTryoutMalden, Mass. - Pine Banks ParkMay 11Sean Horan
ChicagoTryoutChicagoApril 23Aaron Manheimer
ColumbusTryoutColumbusApril 27Paul Holmes
DallasTryoutDallasMay 10Greg Jarvis
DallasTryoutKansas CityMay 11Greg Jarvis
DallasSelections CampDallasMay 24-25Greg Jarvis
DenverTryoutDenver - Cook ParkApril 27Howard Kent
DenverTryoutDenver - Cook ParkMay 10Howard Kent
DenverTournamentAlbuquerque, N.M. - Rio Grande Celtic 7sMay 17Howard Kent
DenverTesting/TrainingDenver - Cook ParkMay 31Howard Kent
HoustonTryoutAustinApril 23Ty Landry
San FranciscoTryoutSan Francisco - Ray Sheeran FieldMay 6John Tyler
San FranciscoTryoutSan Francisco - Ray Sheeran FieldMay 8John Tyler

See below for contact information for the other teams.

TeamContact
PhiladelphiaChris Ryan
Salt Lake CityMark Drown
San DiegoRitchie Walker
SeattleJustin Fitzpatrick