Thursday July 11, 2013
Haley Langan of South Burlington, will compete in the U20 Nations Cup in Nottingham, England, as a member of the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-American traveling squad, a team comprised of the best rugby players in the country under the age of 20. The USA team will play several matches against Canada, South Africa, and England between July 11-21, 2013.
Langan competed against more than 500 high school and collegiate athletes for a place on the traveling squad. She joins the team as the only high school student and youngest player overall. The goal of the U20 Nations Cup is to identify future World Cup and Olympic players and develop their talent to compete at that elite level.
“What I love most about playing rugby, is the worldwide rugby community. No matter where you go or what you do, when you find a rugger, you will find a friend.” says Langan. She will be a senior at Rice Memorial High School in the fall and plays locally for the South Burlington High School team.
Rugby has expanded quickly as a high school club sport in Vermont, with girls’ and boys’ rugby teams forming at schools across the state in the last decade. The contact sport demands fitness, teamwork, communication and physicality, with rules that do not waiver between the men’s and women’s game. Worldwide, more than 100 countries compete in rugby at all levels. With the inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the 2016 Olympics, the sport will continue to gain popularity, and the talent for future US national teams is being developed in high school players today.
The Vermont Youth Rugby Association, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the promotion, development, and support of youth rugby programs in an effort to encourage the integrity and character that makes rugby unique. For more information, visit http://www.vyra.org/.