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All-Stars Ready For Lupus Intus 7s Challenge

Athletes from Atavus and USA Rugby Academy programs assemble for domestic competition opportunity. 
Fellow USA Rugby National Development Academy (NDA) Northeast Academy is set to host the first ever Lupus Intus 7s tournament this Labor Day weekend at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. The women's tournament will bring players from all over the country to compete and develop while putting their skills on display for USA Women's 7s Coach Richie Walker, who will be in attendance. The All-Stars will take on NDA teams and select sides from the Northeast Academy, Tiger Cubs, Armed Forces 7s, and Stars Rugby 7s in a round-robin format September 2nd and 3rd.The Atavus All-Stars is comprised of players under Atavus' umbrella of programs. Six athletes hail from the recent USA Rugby Club 7s Women's National Championship winning team and current Seattle Atavus Academy athletes. Seattle's speed merchants Jennine Duncan and Erica Legaspi look to find the try zone with the distribution help of Mackenzie Garrett and Carly MacKinnon. Lauren Barber and Ariana Bray both bring elements of disruption in the breakdown and contact areas that will help the All-Stars maintain possession. 

Two San Diego Surfers and one NOVA player will join the side after strong Club 7s' performances. Finalists Josie Ziluca and Kelsi Stockert will step on the other side of the pitch this tournament and join forces with the Seattle-based athletes. Ziluca is a smart, dyanmic player who can turn nothing into something while capped Eagle Stockert backs herself with a strong stride and fend. Long time USA Rugby Academy athlete and NOVA's Ariel Johnson, has a high work rate and is a threat with her constant support. 

After promising performances at this past August's USA Rugby Academy Women's Resident Camp in San Diego, CA, three athletes were chosen to continue their development at this tournament. W1823's Cyndi Campbell is an adaptable player who always brings energy to the ball. Jazamine Gray, a former NCAA DI basketball crossover hailing from Raleigh Rugby Club, adds even more speed and footwork to the roster. Rounding out the team is Kim Tran of New York Rugby Club, who is a strong ball carrier that can find her way around or through the opposition.

Atavus All-Stars | 2017 Lupus Intus 7s

Lauren Barber – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens 
Ariana Bray – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens 
Cyndi Campbell – USA Rugby Academy | W1823 Sevens

Jennine Duncan – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens  
Mackenzie Garrett – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens 
Jazamine Gray – USA Rugby Academy | Raleigh Rugby Club
Ariel Johnson – USA Rugby Academy | Northern Virginia Rugby

Erica Legaspi – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens 
Carly MacKinnon – Atavus Academy Seattle (current) | Atavus Academy Seattle Sevens 
Kelsi Stockert – Atavus Academy Seattle (former)  | San Diego Surfers
Kim Tran – USA Rugby Academy | New York Rugby Club
Josie Ziluca – Atavus Academy San Diego (former) | San Diego Surfers

The players aren't the only ones working on their development this weekend. New to the Atavus coaching family, but not to rugby by any means, are former USA Eagles Alison Price and Daniela Mogro who will be heading up the All-Stars' coaching duties. Currently with the Grand Canyon University Women's Rugby program, Price and Mogro are excited about furthering themselves as coaches with the opportunity. "We know the hard work and dedication it takes to excel at 7s," said Price. "So it will be great to be part of this event and watch and support the Atavus All-Stars showcase their talents as individuals and as a team on this National stage."

Tune in to Atavus Rugby's Twitter to follow the team and get game updates.

Topics: 7s, Atavus Athlete, sevens, USA Rugby Academy