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Via USA Rugby …

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby, in an effort to unlock the full potential of rugby in the U.S., has set up a taskforce led by Alan Sharpley to review and develop the best possible competition model that will support the goals of the new strategic plan and make rugby the best experience in American sport by meeting the varying needs of youth, high school, college and men’s and women’s adult rugby.

“The current USA Rugby competitions model is not producing all that it might in challenging and developing American rugby players both in a strategic and high performance sense,” Alan Sharpley said. “There is no coordinated competition policy that promotes player advancement through the different tiers of rugby, and there needed to be a process for evaluating the competitions structure.

The taskforce, whose members include Danita Knox, Jen Joyce, Keith Englebrecht, Rick Humm, Kristin Richeimer, Alan Solomons, Ed Todd, Michael Sagehorn, Morgan Buckley and Bob Karetsky, has met twice since the appointment of the new board in July and will be making its final report in March 2007.

In an attempt to hear from as many people as possible before the next competitions review meeting in December, the taskforce has requested that USA Rugby members fill out this brief questionnaire, and email their responses to Jen Gray at jgray@usarugby.org by November 30.

“We will be taking account of the member’s views at the December meeting, and will be meeting again at the end of January to develop proposals based on our review and feedback to date,” Morgan Buckley, USA Rugby’s consultant for the competitions review process, said. “In order to create the right competitions model, which will generate an environment for real high performance rugby, in addition to developing sustainable pathways at each level of the game and meeting the needs of the many recreational players across the U.S., it is essential that we collect as much feedback as possible, in the short amount of time that we have.”

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