For high school rugby players the GNC is the High Performance (HP) Pathway to the High School All-Americans and U20 team. Players will be scouted by USA Rugby and nominated to the High School All Americans (HSAA) in preparation for their 2017 tour.
Regional Cup Tournaments showcase the quality of rugby at the high school level and bring together the best players in the country. The GNC sees teams from Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii make the trip to Oregon.
Teams experience the college environment by staying on campus at Oregon State University. A college fair will allow time for players to meet college coaches from across the country and learn about their programs.
Rugby Oregon is proud to host the Great Northwest Challenge on June 23rd and 24th (Friday/Saturday) 2017 in Corvallis Oregon. The Great Northwest Challenge (GNC) is one of the USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournaments and showcases some of the best age grade rugby players in the country. Oregon State University, located just minutes from the fields, will provide campus housing for all student-athletes. There will be an opportunity for athletes to tour the campus, meet with college coaches from across the country and enjoy other events. The GNC is the first step in selection to the High School All-American teams and a player's entry point to the USA Rugby High Performance Pathway.
These Regional Cup Tournaments are not only a great way to showcase the quality of rugby at the high school level, but also a great way to bring the best players in the country together for selection to the high performance pathway.
USA RUGBY HIGH PERFORMANCE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER