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Compete for Ireland’s Collegiate Rugby Sevens team through DBSrugbyTours and PSA academies

DUBLIN , DUBLIN , IRELAND, September 25, 2018 / -- DB Sports, Ireland’s leading sports tours and training agency, are offering young Irish rugby players the chance to compete for Ireland in Sevens rugby and potentially earn a full sports scholarship to a leading US college.

Our rugby department, DBS Rugby Tours, working in conjunction with PSA Academies, are running the opportunity through our trials, from which an Irish representative squad will be selected to take part in the Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city.

Team Ireland will be selected by former Ireland, Munster and Leicester wing, centre and fullback Johne Murphy.

“Having been to the CRC last May, I saw first-hand the standard and quality of the entire event. This year, we’re delighted to be able to give Irish players the opportunity to be a part of the tournament,” said Murphy.

The USA offers incredible opportunities for sports scholarships across all disciplines, with rugby very much a part of that, with the CRC event attended by all the top rugby playing colleges in the US, with scouts looking out for talent to join their college on a full sports scholarship.

What being on the team involves?

If you make the Ireland Collegiate Sevens side you will win all-expenses paid position in the squad consisting of 12 players, where you’ll represent Ireland at the CRC in June 2019.

Team Ireland will take on – and we hope beat – all of the top American sides, as well as a number of other invited representative sides from across the globe.

The CRC is used as a direct trial for US colleges’ rugby scholarships, with scouts selecting players from the CRC to take up full scholarships in a variety of academic programs at a number of institutions across the US.

Some of the standout colleges that are sending scouts to the CRC include: Notre Dame, Life University, Yale University and Lindenwood College.

How to get selected for Team Ireland?

Step 1: First up is the trial stage in Ireland. Sign up on the DBS Rugby website:

Or, if you are a coach you can nominate players in your club or school for trial.

Step 2: Our panel selector, Murphy, will decide on the 12 squad members and reserves - on the basis of their trial performance - for inclusion in Team Ireland.

Step 3: If you’re selected you need to be available to take part in an Easter training camp in Ireland and be eligible to travel to the USA to compete in June 2019.

What are the trial dates and where are they?

See trial dates and sign up for the trial days here:

Want to trial? Then what’s next?

Having signed up, you need to pay a one-off fee of €189, which will cover your assessment by our coaching unit: this includes all elements of your trial: skills assessment; trial Sevens games; post-trial day evaluation; a trial-day training top; and most importantly your trip to Philadelphia to represent your country.

All other costs for the trip will be covered by DB Sports, including flights to the US, full-board, shared accommodation and all transfers when in the US.

Our role?

DBS Rugby Tours are the official point of contact for the CRC in Ireland. We are arranging all the structures in place for the trials, training camp and for the trip to Philadelphia.

We are the point of contact for parents wishing to know more about the trip, and also about what potential scholarships are on offer for their children.

PSA will select the squad and oversee all aspects of training and tactics for the duration of the tournament. Murphy will work as squad selector and a specialist Sevens coach will be put in place to oversee all training and matches. PSA will provide US scouts with their detailed evaluation of each player on request.

For more information contact:

Conor Banahan:DBS head of rugby –

Johne Murphy: PSA senior coach and head of academies –

Conor Banahan
email us here
DBS Rugby Tours

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