Salt Lake City, UT—Rugby Utah, the state’s sanctioned governing body for the sport, will host its second annual talent identification combine this Saturday in partnership with Utah Youth Rugby, the state’s governing body for youth and high school rugby and USA Rugby, the national governing body.
The Rugby Utah Combine is held in coordination with the USA Rugby National Tracking Camp system, which is the country’s most direct way for players to engage in their respective USA Rugby national team pathways—High School All American, U20, Collegiate All American to the USA National Team.
So far over 160 athletes are registered to attend Saturday’s combine with the majority ranging in age from 15-18. USA U20 Head Coach JD Stephenson, who will be on hand to identify talent on behalf of USA Rugby, said he’s excited to see the talent Utah’s rugby community has to offer.
“The Utah Rugby community has a proud and extremely successful history at the high school, college and club levels,” said Stephenson, “The National Team Coaches are excited to see what this weekend’s National Tracking Camp can unearth and further validate Utah’s rugby talent. We are looking forward to this Saturday’s event.”
On hand to assess the talent as well will be the Rugby Utah and Utah Youth Rugby coaching staffs. These coaches will also be looking to identify talent for their respect representative teams.
The Rugby Utah Combine will be held in at Burgess Field in Alpine, UT. Events start at 8am with athlete intake and measurements along with standard vertical, speed and power assessments.
Athletes will also be tested in endurance events, general rugby and position-specific skillset drills. Players will also be put in game-play scenarios at the end of the event.
The combine will conclude by the mid-day to make way for Utah Youth Rugby’s hosting of Rugby Colorado in a three match All-Star rugby event between the neighboring states.
Stay close to Rugby Utah’s social media channels to view videos, photos and others from the combine’s events.
Registration for the Rugby Utah talent combine closes Thursday, June 8th. Details can be found at www.RugbyUtah.com.