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UPDATED: 2019 TRU All Stars – Coaching Staff Selected

The 2019 TRU Women’s Rugby All Star Challenge is Dec 7-8 and will be held in Austin, TX at the Austin Huns rugby complex. We’re ecstatic to announce that six Senior teams and two U24 teams will be in attendance this year. Participation has doubled from last year and this will be our biggest event yet!

For the first time ever, a TRU Women’s Collegiate U24 team will also participate in the event. There have been collegiate All Star teams in the past but never allowing up to 24 years of age.

TRU Senior All Stars

The TRU Senior team will be joined by teams from Mid-America, USA South, Capital Selects, Pacific Northwest, Midwest All-Stars, Stars Rugby U24s and TRU U24s. For the first time ever, we’ll be naming a champion of this event and someone will be taking home some hardware!

We’re excited to announce that Luis “Wheezy” Sanchez has agreed to take on the head coaching role of the TRU Senior All Star team. Luis has coached the Austin Valkyries for the past few years and is also the Austin Huns Director of Rugby.

“I’m ecstatic to be involved in the TRU High Performance and All Star program. We’re looking forward to the event and growing women’s rugby even more!” – Luis Sanchez

Sanchez will be joined by Neal McMillan of HARC, former Austin Valkyrie Traci Young, current Austin Valkyries backs coach Eric Enright and Austin Hun Troy Spencer. Matthew Frings of the Dallas Harlequins comes on as the Strength & Conditioning coach and Jacklyn “Jack Jack” Acosta will be the team manager. 

TRU Senior Tryout Details

Players are encouraged to register for tryouts by October 18. If players are unable to attend the tryouts, please contact Luis Sanchez ASAP.

TRU U24 All Stars

In an exciting development, the TRU Women’s Collegiate Conference will also participate in the event with an U24 team. They will compete alongside the Senior teams and the Stars U24 team.

The coaching staff for this team includes Oklahoma Roses coach Holly Iker, Letourneau University coach Chris Botto and sHARCs/Texas A&M University coach Nick James.

“Having participated in the TRU Senior All Star program for a few years, I’m excited to return to my roots with a U24 side. This group can really develop and provide a pathway to our Senior teams.” – Holly Iker

TRU U24 Tryout Details

  • Coaches to scout at TRU College Championships and league matches
  • Nov 9-10 – Team Training

Players are encouraged to register their intent on trying out by October 18. If players are unable to attend the tryout, please contact Holly Iker ASAP.

2019 TRU All Star Challenge Summary

What: 2019 TRU All Star Challenge featuring Senior and U24 Teams
When: December 7-8, 2019
Where: Austin Huns
Watch: All matches will be broadcast on the  TRU Youtube channel and Facebook page

For more details on the 2019 All Star event, go to http://texasrugbyunion.com/tru-all-star-challenge/.

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