RCTs Head To New Jersey For Week 2

The best high school players from around the Northeast will descend upon New Jersey this weekend to participate in the Northeast RCT.

The best high school players from around the Northeast will descend upon New Jersey this weekend to participate in the Northeast RCT. In total, there will be nineteen teams participating in the tournament, as the players attempt to bring the title home, while impressing collegiate representatives on the sidelines.

It's shaping up to be an exciting tournament with both tiers on the boys side featuring the same teams. The teams participating on the boys side are DC Elite, Rugby NJ, Rugby PA, Met NY, Rugby CT and Western NY. President of New Jersey, KJ Feury explained the significance of having every team field a Tier 1 and 2 side, "With a full Tier 2 boys division we will see where the future lies for each of the All Star Teams."

The girls competition is also showing signs of growth and improvement within the youth game, seeing five teams competing at Tier 1, and the re-addition of a Tier 2. They've even had success bringing in teams from Wisconsin and Maryland. "On the girls side, after not having a Tier 2 team in 2017, I feel even with 2 teams we are giving these girls the best opportunity to be seen by the USA Selectors and college coaches in attendance." Feury elaborated.

For Feury, the RCT isn't just about the play on the field, it's also about developing the game off of it as well. She believes that bringing the tournament into New Jersey helps not only raise awareness for the game but encourages those within the local communities to invest more in the sport at a youth level. "Having the opportunity to host the RCT enabled Rugby NJ to encourage the local rugby community to come on out and support youth rugby in NJ and our neighboring states as well," Feury noted.

It should be a tightly fought weekend of rugby with plenty of physicality across the board.

The Northeast RCT kicks off Saturday at Madison Avenue Park in Rahway, NJ and is free to the public. For more info, visit www.rugbynewjersey.com.