Charlotte Open Trials strong success

East Coast event welcomes 100+ men’s and women’s rugby athletes

With more than 100 athletes competing for a potential spot on a 2022 Premier Rugby Sevens roster, the recent Open Trials event in Charlotte, North Carolina highlighted the strong interest among the American rugby community for a professional sevens league.

Held at the Charlotte Rugby Club, the Open Trials saw more than 40 women and more than 60 men attend the try-out sessions with talented rugby athletes traveling to the event from across North America.

“This was our first Open Trials event of 2022 and it was our largest turnout so far,” said Mike Tolkin, PR7s General Manager. “Clearly, players are excited by what they saw last year in our opening tournament in Memphis and that enthusiasm energizes us as well to put on an even better performance this upcoming season.”

2022 Premier Rugby Sevens East Coast Open Trials group photo of men and coaches on Feb. 20, 2022

The PR7s East Coast Open Trials drew more than 100 men’s and women’s athletes to try out for a spot on the league’s professional rosters.

Athletes completed a series of fitness tests and rugby skill drills during the first part of the session. The sessions then held full sevens matches for participants to showcase their abilities against the competitive Open Trials pool.

These live matches also provided an opportunity for coaches to assess individual players against the overall North American pool of promising young athletes and the high standards of the PR7s team rosters. Led by Tolkin and PR7s Director of Scouting Richie Walker, the coaching staff also featured former USA Eagle and current PR7s athlete Dana Meschisi, former USA Eagle Kimber Rozier and select sevens coach JK Anderson.

Premier Rugby Sevens Open Trials coaches (front row) Richie Walker and Kimber Rozier, (back row) JK Anderson, Dana Meschisi and Mike Tolkin

Premier Rugby Sevens Open Trials coaches (front row) Richie Walker and Kimber Rozier, (back row) JK Anderson, Dana Meschisi and Mike Tolkin

“The PR7s Open Trials provide aspiring players the opportunity to be seen and evaluated by our staff of experienced coaches and international players,” Tolkin added. “It also provides a perspective to the players of where they stand next to their peers in their player profiles.”

Two more Open Trials are being held in the next month on Sunday, March 6 in San Clemente, California and Sunday, March 20 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Register now to attend either trial at https://prsevens.com/player-recruitment/.

Did you attend the Charlotte Open Trials event? View the Photo Gallery: Charlotte Open Trials, Feb. 20

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