Atlantis may not have won North American Invitational 7s elite brackets in Salt Lake City last weekend, but the program continues to produce something special.
First developed by the "Godfather of Sevens," Emil Signes, as a way to give international experience to American players, Atlantis was the chief training ground for developing young rugby players for decades. In recent years, Signes and Biddy Boyle developed a plan to field U18 and younger teams, as well. The result has been more success and even younger players sent to major clubs, colleges, and national teams.
This past weekend at the NAI 7s, Atlantis Girls U18 Elite team came in second overall, losing 19-17 in the final to the Idaho Grey Wolves. And Atlantis Boys U18 Elite also finished as the runner-up in its division, falling 28-26 to Eagle Impact Rugby Academy.
It was an impressive and consistent performance from the program, and FloRugby spoke with players from both teams.
Alie Ramage and Clara Lemal-Brown are two of the top players for the girls squad, and both discussed what they want to accomplish as individuals as well as what it means to play for Atlantis.
For the boys team, we caught up with Jesse Capriotti, Robert Figley, and Greg Schor right after their heartbreaking loss in the final. As usual, all three were all class and once again spoke of being part of the Atlantis family.
Expect to see more of Atlantis in the NAHS 7s Series and more of these players as they get older.
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