USA Rugby High Performance Pathways will host its second annual series of Talent Identification Camps beginning this month. Each camp is focused on identifying men’s and women’s athletes capable of competing for junior and senior national teams, as well as Major League Rugby.
Athletes between 16 and 25 are encouraged to review the performance criteria here and sign up for a camp in their area at least 5 days before each event date.
Talent ID Camp Locations, click on your region to register:
- Hawaii – February 12-19 (Men and Women)
- SoCal - February 26-27 (Men)
- South - March 13 (Men)
- NorCal – March 18 and 20 (Men and Women)
- Texas - April 3 (Men and Women)
- Pacific Northwest – May 7 (Men and Women)
- Northeast - May 14-15 (Men and Women)
- Mid-Atlantic – May 29 (Men and Women)
- Midwest – June 5 (Men)
- Utah – June 11 (Men and Women)
Brendan Keane, USA Rugby Men’s High-Performance Pathways Manager said:
“After successfully running similar events in a tight window last year with over 450 athletes coming through the 7 camps in May and June of 2021, we are excited to get rolling again this year. Through the talent ID days, we were able to engage with many players from a wide variety of backgrounds we would not have been able to see otherwise, a number of whom are now plying their trade in the MLR. We can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s TIDs, Junior National Team, and Academy cycle.”
“We would also like to thank World Rugby for their continued support of these and other initiatives. As we seek to discover, develop, and inspire tomorrow’s Eagles, their interest and help is invaluable.”
Peter Horne, World Rugby’s General Manager of High Performance said:
“World Rugby’s ongoing partnership with USA Rugby to consistently deliver a clear, transparent, and sustainable talent identification and player development pathway for American rugby players is seen as a strategic priority to ensure the future success of both the men’s and women’s national teams.”
For more information about USA Rugby’s Junior National Teams, visit pathways.usa.rugby.
About Talent ID Camps
Held in partnership with World Rugby, camps include a series of tests in a combine-style environment that create opportunities for athletes from diverse sporting backgrounds. Players will rotate through different stations that include physical performance testing, general and position specific skills assessments, as well as small-sided games.
Talent ID Camps serve as the first stage in an ongoing identification and development process. Staff will assess performances to determine which athletes will progress and participate in World Rugby’s North American Combine in July leading to selections for the USA Rugby National Academy in the fall or to competitive opportunities with the Junior National Teams this summer. Locations and dates for these subsequent opportunities will be communicated to attendees later this year.
Athletes who don’t receive immediate invites to World Rugby’s North American Combine or Junior National Team camps or competitions will continue to be monitored by Junior National Team staff.
Last year, 28 players were selected for the USA Rugby National Academy, many of whom have earned MLR Contracts or are engaged with MLR development sides or academies; including Javon Camp-Villalovos, John LeFevre, Mika Lomano, and Fred Apulu among a number of others.