December 13, 2016
Northeast Academy Wolves Win Flow Barbados Sevens Title
Northeast Academy Release: Steve Lewis
New York, NY; (Dec. 13, 2016)
The Northeast Wolves Men ran the table, going 8-0 over the weekend and defeating Xhosa Selects 34-14 in the final to take the Flow Barbados 7’s title in impressive fashion. Led by Tournament MVP and USA Eagle Nate Augspurger, the Northeast consistently controlled possession and dictated the tempo with additional good performances from Connor Wallace-Sims, top tournament try-scorer Jared Collinson and a resurgent Vini Daley back to his physically abrasive best.
The Northeast Womens side progressed to the final 4 on Sunday after posting a 3-1 record on the Saturday. Day 2 however, saw tough competition with defeats by Scion, Howlers and eventual winners Ecosse and a 4th .place finish There were good performances from Deanna Nash, Frankie Sands and Emily Magee with all twelve players getting significant time.
“Barbados is a terrific venue and to take 1st and 4th was another good haul for the Northeast Academy program”, said Coach Steve Lewis, “and a fitting way to send off Director Sean Horan on his final trip before emigrating in January”. The Northeast Wolves will next see action at the Rainforest 7’s in Costa Rica in February 2017 followed by the Las Vegas Invitational in March.
The Northeast Academy, with training squads in New York City, Boston and Buffalo, is a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA National teams and future USA Olympic teams. The Academy will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.