Rocky Mountain Challenge to Kick Off The 2018 RCT Season

The Premier youth competition throughout the U.S gets underway this weekend as teams and players strive for excellence within their regions.

Lafayette, CO.- This weekend the western leg of the Regional Cup Tournaments (RCTs) kicks off with the Rocky Mountain Challenge taking place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as part of the festivities surrounding the USA Russia Match.

The RCTs are a celebration of the best rugby athletes in high schools throughout America. With a total of five RCTs taking place over the next three weeks the best of Youth Rugby will be on full display. Its main objective to provide a pipeline for the most promising youth rugby players into colleges that will develop them more and then eventually through to the National teams.

President of Rocky Mountain Rugby Union, and USA Rugby's director of College Rugby Rich Cortez spoke to the importance of the RCTs and in particular the role that the Rocky Mountain Challenge plays in the development of youth rugby. "The RCTs helped to apply a uniform standard to formalize the process and pathways for taking athletes to collegiate programs and then through to the national level. Events such as these help to grow the game and solidify rugby's positions at the high school level."

In total 400 youth rugby players will descend upon Denver to participate in the 18th installment of the Rocky Moutain Challenge, all attempting to win the attention of premier collegiate programs, age grade scouts and of course the competition.

The 400 players will be split into four divisions mens and women's varsity and junior varsity. Highlighting the competiting teams will be the return of last year's Men's Varsity division champions, the West Valley Warriors, who will look to repeat their run of excellent form from last year.

Adding to the excitement of the tournament is its location. This weekend the Rocky Mountain Challenge will be played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in association with the US Eagles game against Russia. The tournament will be a part of the Fan Fest that's taking place around the match. Cortez adding, "We are happy to move to Dick's to help build the atmosphere around the USA Russia match and it gives us a tremendous platform to promote the sport at a youth level."

Games for both days will kick off at 9am.