National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: Latest News: 7 NSCRO Players Earn Elite Camp Scholarship

2013 JCAA Camp NSCRO Players
NSCRO Players at 2013 Junior All-American Camp
Friday, January 3
7 NSCRO Players Earn Elite Camp Scholarship

Seventy-two young players will attempt to catch selectors’ eyes in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 26-31, in hopes of making the Men's Junior All-American squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

The MJAAs will be back in the JWRT following their unsuccessful IRB Junior World Championship campaign this year. The MJAAs lost all five of their matches in France, including a 109-0 loss to eventual champion England. As host country of the JWRT in 2012, the MJAAs captured the title of champions with a 37-33 win against Japan in the Final at Murray Rugby Park Stadium.

The large number of players in attendance will allow the MJAA coaching staff to test the candidates with game-type scenarios, during which rugby skill and rugby IQ will be on display as players are evaluated on technical proficiency, skill and performance.

Amongst the players invited were 7 NSCRO players. See the above photo showing who they are:
Standing L to R: Daniel Zupin, Western New England Univ., Codi Jones, Cal Maritime Academy, Ky Young, New England College, Thomas Robles, Santa Rosa JC, Shane Dempsey, Salve Regina Univ. and James Tayson, New England College
Kneeling: Valdemar Lee-Lo, Sierra Collegiate

As part of NSCRO's support of the growth and development of Small College rugby, NSCRO awarded each player a $100 scholarship to help offset the $150 camp fee charged by USA Rugby.