The New York City Sevens squad has been announced to compete in the inaugural Aviva Premiership World Club 7s, to be held at the home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium, on the weekend of August 17-18, 2013. This exciting new addition to the World Sevens calendar includes fellow American side San Francisco Golden Gate, as well as prestigious international programs such as Auckland Blues (New Zealand), Western Province and the Blue Bulls (South Africa), ACT Brumbies (Australia), three English Aviva Premiership sides, Harlequins, Northampton and the winner of the JP Morgan Sevens series. Rounding out the tournament are two Russian selections and one from Buenos Aires (Argentina).
The squad will comprise six fully-contracted Men’s Eagles Sevens players from the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., as well as six players from the new Combined Northeast Olympic Development Academy (ODA) based in New York and Boston. The six local picks to be included in the 12-man travelling squad will come from the following eight players; former USA age-grade players Jack Tracy (Tiger Rugby) and Dimitri Efthimiou (Mystic River), as well as the top performers in the Northeast circuit this summer: Derek Lipscomb and Gareth Stoppani (Old Blue New York), John Feldman and Sean Rafferty (both Long Island), and Vini Daley and Jon Kokinda (both Middlesex).
The squad will be coached by the Combined Northeast ODA pairing of Sean Horan and Steve Lewis, with Dom Wareing as trainer and Bret Costain as Manager.
“This will be a terrific opportunity for some of our younger local players to represent New York and USA Rugby, showcase their talents and experience top-level competition at the most famous of all rugby grounds,” Head Coach Sean Moran said. “We are hopeful this can be a springboard for these players to excel and challenge for national squad places in the very near future and are thankful for the assistance we have received from the Empire and New England Unions as well as Source Water and Rhino Sports UK. We are excited to be invited by the Aviva Premiership organization and believe that with the inclusion of six USA national squad players, we will be extremely competitive on the weekend.”
New York City Sevens | World Club 7s
Brett Thompson (USA Rugby)
Andrew Durutalo (USA Rugby)
Sione Taufa (USA Rugby)
Nate Augspurger (USA Rugby)
Tai Enosa (USA Rugby)
Nick Edwards (USA Rugby)
Derek Lipscomb (Old Blue)
Dmitri Efthimiou (Mystic River)
John Feldman (Long Island)
Vini Daley (Middlesex)
Gareth Stoppani (Old Blue)
Jon Kokinda (Middlesex)
Sean Rafferty (Long Island)
Jack Tracy (Tiger Rugby)
New York City Sevens | Management
Sean Horan (Old Blue) - Coach
Steve Lewis (Old Blue) - Coach
Dom Wareing (Old Blue) - Trainer
Bret Costain (Village Lions) - Manager