The U19 tournament has been a valuable one for the ASRU as we continue to build our presence in international rugby competition. Played every two years, we have managed to field teams in 2010 and 2012. ASRU hopes to continue its participation in order to attract young players to rugby as we compete for young players with American football and soccer in the talent pool.
ASRU Local Tournaments
SENIOR MENS RUGBY 15s ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Every year from May to August, the ASRU host the mainstay of Rugby in American Samoa - the Senior Mens 15 a side. This is really what the game of rugby is about. The Seven-A-Side has gained more prominence with the advent of the HSBC World Series hosted by the IRB. Now, with the trial of Rugby Sevens in the Olympics in 2016, Rugby Sevens is truly expected to take a new face in the world of Rugby. However, the game of rugby is still the Fifteens. ASRU hopes we can continue to attract the attention of younger more dedicated rugby players to the 15s game, and be able to finally take a place for ourselves in the Rugby World Cup soon. ASRU expects that with any success in entering that class of world rugby competition, we expect some of our players will finally be able to tap the world of professional rugby internationally. That is the hope, and that is the goal for Rugby 15s.
ASRU FLAG DAY INTERNATIONAL SEVENS: The annual Flag Day Sevens is one of the usual major ASRU tournaments of the year. Since 2012, however, at the request of the Marist St. Joseph Association in American Samoa, ASRU gave permission to Marist to host this tournament under the label: TMO/Marist Pago International. The 2014, however, is going to be named TMO/Marist/American Samoa International. For 2015, the Flag Day Sevens will return to the hosting of the ASRU, while the TMO/Marist/American Samoa International Sevens will move to a new date, in the effort to conincide with the availability of teams from the south. Hopefully, with the ASRU returning to hosting the Flag Day tournament, we will see at least two major Sevens tournaments in 2015. The ASRU hopes we will be able to see two more such tournaments launched before the end of 2015.
VAILIMA/GHC REID & CO.
GHC Reid & Co. has indicated that it plans to return to hosting the annual Vailima/GHC Reid & Co. Rugby Sevens Tournament in 2015.
ASRU is hopeful as well that Paramount Builders will relaunch the Paramount Builders Rugby Sevens usually in December in 2015.