This new joint USA and Canada venture brings together some of the best young rugby 7s players in both countries to play at an elite event overseas. National-level 7s teams from France, South Africa, Kenya, and the Pacific Islands are expected to be in Dubai for the tournament, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
Read more: North American Lions Team Prepares For Dubai
The Lions team features several standouts from the recent NAI 7s, including Chase Schor Haskin, Mike Weir, Patrick Madden, Kevin Vertkas, and Jesse Capriottti.
Madden is joined by fellow Eagle Impact Rugby Academy champions Ryan James, Jack Bradfield, and Eric Naposki.
The players are now going to enter a strength and conditioning and preparation program, and while many have played together, getting them to work as a unit even as they live all over the continent will be a challenge.
The team assembles on November 27 and arrives in Dubai on November 28 for the Dec. 1-2 tournament.
NA Lions Roster
|Chase Schor Haskin||Prop/Hook||Atlantis||1999|
|Mike Weir||Fly Half||Atlantis||2000|
|Bill Kaisa Saluone||Prop/ Center||Utah||1999|
|Kekoa "Tai" Kauwe||Flyhalf / Hooker||Utah||1998|
|Robert Figley*||Prop/ Center||Atlantis||1999|
|John Grande IV*||Wing/ Prop||Utah||2000|