For Immediate Release
March 30, 2012
USA Rugby H.S. All-Americans exit HSBC Rosslyn Park 7s
LONDON -- After going undefeated in five games on the first day of the HSBC Rosslyn Park School Sevens tournament, the USA Rugby Boy's High School All-Americans lost in the round of 16 to Welsh team Llandovery College 7-29 on day two. With 105 teams in the open division of the tournament, the High School All-Americans proved they were one of the teams to beat and gained valuable experience in a demanding international tournament.
To win five games on day one was an impressive feat for the USA, but improvement in every game of pool play built momentum for the first game of the knockout rounds yesterday, enabling the All-Americans to take out Skinner's School 17-28 to finish the day.
A strong start against Llandovery on day two wasn't quite enough to topple the Welsh team however and the All-Americans were knocked out in the round of 16. With famous alumni like Alun Wyn Jones, Andy Powell, and George North, Llandovery is a factory for Welsh internationals and proved to be just too much for the All-Americans.
Head Coach Salty Thompson relished the opportunity for his team to experience the Rosslyn Park Sevens, the largest rugby tournament in the world with over 7,000 athletes participating. Playing top quality opposition is the key for the All-Americans if they hope to develop into internationals though and the Rosslyn Park tournament will be an unforgettable experience for the players.
Thompson will remain in the U.K. and will be joined shortly by the Boy's High School All-American fifteens team who will take part in the Wellington College tournament next week. The HSAAs will play Wales U16s on April 7 to start their Wellington campaign. On April 10 the HSAAs will play England North's U16s and on April 13 they play Belgium's U16s.