Umbrella7s Canada – Boys Tournament
The Umbrella 7′s tournament is a boys and girls high school rugby tournament that is to be held this fall in Toronto.
This competition is slightly different to others as not only do participants enjoy playing one of the most exciting brands of rugby and enhancing skills used in the 15-a-side game, it also helps vulnerable children in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries.
In the last number of years, 7-a-side rugby has taken off as an international sport. So much so that in 2016 this format will be introduced in the Rio Olympics. It provides an opportunity for smaller rugby powers to shine, with its fast, wide-open, low-impact style.
Fiji is one of the world’s leading powers in the men’s event, while Canada is one of the top-ranked women’s teams. Ireland is currently the only major rugby-playing nation that does not have a professional 7-a-side team and, without an organised 7′s competition at schools level, the gap is set to grow.
The Umbrella 7′s tournament has been fully endorsed by Jamie Heaslip, Irish international, British & Irish Lion and The Umbrella Foundation’s patron, who in June 2011 volunteered with us in Nepal.