Midwest RCT To Host Over 45 Teams

The best teams throughout the Midwest will travel to one of the hotbeds for youth rugby in the country, Fishers Indiana, this weekend to take part in the Midwest RCT.

Fishers, IN.  In what is shaping up to be the biggest of the RCTs there will be over forty-five teams competing across five different fields, all with the same goal in mind: winning.

This weekend's RCT has more than just producing high class rugby on its agenda, it is concentrating on growing the girl's game, this according to tournament director Heather Harley. "We are especially focused the girl's high school game in the Midwest and especially in Indiana... we are very excited to have both youth and high school girls with twelve teams competing over the weekend."  

It is perhaps fitting that the Midwest RCT is being held in Indiana  as it holds some of the most prestigious high school programs in the country including the likes of the Fishers Tigers, Royal Irish, Penn, Brownsburg and Carrol. The Midwest RCT will put on display the full extent of the depth of Indiana Rugby, with many of the top players from Indiana missing as they prepare for summer tours, leaving the door open for the next wave of Indiana's youth talent to show what they are capable of.

Youth Rugby is a cornerstone of the Indiana Rugby community, and the RCTs help to solidify that. They have invested heavily in youth rugby through initiatives and as Harley puts it, "We are investing in new programs to improve players, coaches and competitiveness. We have many rookie rugby programs within public and private schools to recruit into focused rugby teams... The RCT has an economic impact to the local community which also helps grow and develop the youth rugby game."

While, the continued development of the youth programs throughout the state is a great benefit of hosting the RCTs, for Harley  the most satisfying part of running the tournament is their ability to see the development of the players "The Midwest RCT...23% return on players being invited to an elite high performance camp and/or representing the United States in international matches."

The Midwest RCT runs from June 22 through to June 23.