Nine college rugby players from New England have been selected to represent the Northeast in the inaugural Men's 15s All-Star Championship Set for June 22-24, 2018. The championship is hosted by National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).
NERFU is proud to announce those selected:
Alexander Beaton - Framingham State University
Jordan Drain - University of Maine
Alaska "Ivan" Druskovich - New Haven College
Cawin "Javante" Dixon - Framingham State University
Barret Lyons - New Haven College
Andy Martel - University of Maine
Jack Neary - University of Maine at Farmington
Joe Neveaux - University of Maine
Kyler Sullivan - Salem State College
Players from NERFU will join those from New York – Tri-State and Upstate Small CRCs to comprise the Region 1 - Northeast team.
NSCRO has partnered with the newly-formed Major League Rugby club, the Austin Elite, to introduce the new championship. The event will take place at the Austin Elite’s new rugby stadium and facility in Austin, Texas. This weekend will also feature the Austin Elite in a Major League Rugby match.
This National All-Star competition will feature men’s teams from across America representing each of NSCRO’s four regions (the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic South, the Central, and the PacWest). The inaugural tournament will be comprised of 4 to 8 teams.
The Men’s 15s All-Star Championship comes on the heels of the highly successful NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s 7s Select Side program as well as the newly formed Women’s 7s All-Star Championship—all of which are part of the many programs offered by NSCRO with the goal of providing all our student-athletes and their coaches the opportunity to participate and compete against the very best in NSCRO.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for NSCRO players and coaches that have put in the hours and dedicated themselves to their craft and shine on a national stage,” said Jeremy Treece, NSCRO Director of Rugby Development.
NSCRO President, Steve Cohen, a long-time supporter of collegiate all-star rugby, is excited to bring back this much needed experience to small college rugby. Cohen added that “it has been missing for too long and is a key factor in inspiring college players to keep rugby as part of their life after graduation.”