Photo by Rick Gustafson
The recipe: Add a generous portion of the best high school ruggers in the United States and a dozen referees to four beautifully prepared rugby pitches. Beat in size-five rugby balls and add a pinch of Olde Boys for seasoning. Bake in sunshine under Colorado-blue skies for two days.
The result is a perfect weekend for rugby at the Tenth Annual Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU) Rocky Mountain Challenge.
The Rocky Mountain Challenge kicked off at Aurora Sports Complex Saturday where four hundred high school rugby players representing ten rugby unions competed in two divisions.
|2010 Rocky Mountain Challenge|
|Under 19 Pools|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|Under 17 Pools|
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C|
|No. California||Minnesota||San Francisco|
|Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (Colo)|
|San Francisco Golden Gate|
|HOA -Heart of America|
The country’s top boys under nineteen (U-19) and under seventeen (U-17) players exhibited their skills in pool matches that determined which teams would advance to the elimination rounds on Sunday.
This year’s tournament included, for the first time, a girls select side match. Colorado (ERRFU) defeated New Mexico 55-0 to open play Saturday morning.
The tournament also featured an old boys exhibition match Sunday afternoon between the Colorado Old Boys and the Fort Collins Old Boys.
Watch for a recap of the tournament along with game photos (courtesy of Frank Berta) all this week on Examiner.com.
About the Rocky Mountain Challenge
The Rocky Mountain Challenge is one of five regional tournaments in the United States where USA Rugby evaluates emerging players for its Elite High Performance Development System.
Selected players may have the opportunity to compete as part of the Under 20 and Under 18 USA National Teams.
Both teams will represent the United States in international competitions during 2010.