West Coast event sees 110+ men’s and women’s rugby athletes
The second of three Premier Rugby Sevens open trials events, the recent competitive try-out in San Clemente, California saw more than 110 athletes across the men’s and women’s sessions.
“The first two legs of our open trials have been tremendously valuable for PR7s as we endeavor to find new players across the country,” said PR7s General Manager Mike Tolkin. “There was an abundance of men’s and women’s talent in Charlotte and in San Clemente, and we will certainly see a fair number of those players playing for one of our franchises either this upcoming season or in future PR7s campaigns.
“On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank all participants, who brought great energy and enthusiasm to the trials.”
Held at Vista Hermosa Sports Park, the Open Trials attendance in California brings the total number of athletes up to more than 210 across both the East Coast (Charlotte, N.C.) and West Coast trials. PR7s will also hold its Canada Open Trials on Sunday, March 20 in British Columbia. Registration for the Canadian event closes on Wednesday, March 16.
“My first on field experience for PR7s was the open trial we had in Charlotte,” said Richie Walker, PR7’s Head of Scouting. “From the hospitality we received in Charlotte to the talented women’s and men’s athletes we had at the trial, the bar was set pretty high. Our next trial in San Clemente didn’t disappoint and from both trials I see some talented athletes filling roster spots in our PR7s teams. We now have a big group of athletes to choose from and that’s really exciting for PR7s.”
Athletes in California completed a series of fitness tests and rugby skill drills during the first part of the session. The sessions then held full-contact 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 Walker, the coaching staff also featured several current/former USA and PR7s athletes and coaches: Robin MacDowell, Kelly Griffith, Peter Sio, Abby Gustaitis, Corey Jones, Karmin Macedo and Ian Gibbons.
Did you attend the San Clemente, California Open Trials event? View the photo gallery: San Clemente Open Trials March 6