Northeast Rugby Olympic Development Academy Completes Phase 1

Northeast Rugby Olympic Development Academy Completes Phase 1

September 05, 2013


Joshua Smith, Director of New England Academy Operations for the Northeast Rugby Olympic Development Academy (NRODA), filed this report as they wrap up Phase 1 of their inaugural season:

 "On May 26th we ran a try out at Malden Catholic for roughly
60 players, testing each player in 40 meter, YoYo, vertical jump,
agility and passing skills. From there we had a selection meeting/call
to narrow done the selections to 24 players. We starting running
training sessions each Monday at MC involving skills assessment and
fitness testing for much of June into July. We tried to film as many
NRU Series matches as possible to further evaluate our players. Almost
all our players were playing in the NRU series matches. We also began
to utilize Rugby Train, a website used for gathering players daily
rugby activity, injuries, recovery and work outs. This site is used to
track player development throughout the year.
             On July 4th weekend we brought 2 sides to the Old Blue 7s
tourney at Randalls Island, where we took 1st place defeating the best
sides on the east coast and got some very valuable matches for our 2nd
(developmental) side too. Over the Summer most of our players played
in 25-30 7's  matches in the most competitive NRU series in recent
years. Old Blue and Middlesex each represented the NRU very well at
nationals advancing to Sunday in the final 8 (cup round) Old Blue
finishing 3rd and Middlesex 7th. From there we selected a pool of
players to travel on 2 tours Serevi 7's Glendale, Co and World Club
Championship London, UK. The NRU side represented very well in
Glendale sweeping their pool day 1 defeating heavy favorites Serevi
Selects and USA Falcons before running out of gas day 2 to the host
Glendale. The London side squared off against the best clubs in the
world ACT Brumbies, Gloucester, Buenos Aires, Auckland, Harlequins
just to name a few. Our boys squeaked by Day 1 going 1-1-1 and into
the Cup finals where they would eventually win the Plate Championship
defeating Gloucester in the finals. This was a fitting end for a group
of players and staff that focused on putting this program on the map.
            We are now on break till September 9th, when we start up
Phase 2 training, we are looking towards 2 tourneys in November and
the finale at the LVI in Las Vegas in January. The will also be an
additional try out on Sunday September 29th venue TBA".

 Here are the NERFU players represented for each tour:


Mike Hunnewell    Boston
Alex Rollins      South Shore/Boston
Duran Vota       Boston
Chris Frazier      Northeastern? Mystic RIver
Jared Collinson    Middlesex
Evin O'Driscoll  injured    Mystic River


Vini Daley     Middlesex
Dmitri Efthimou     Northeastern/ Mystic River
Jon Kokinda       Middlesex

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