France-USA Rugby Centennial
Team Information

The France-USA Rugby Centennial, in partnership with National Collegiate Rugby (NCR), announced a collegiate tour scheduled for the summer of 2024. The tour celebrates the Franco-U.S. relationship honoring both the 80th Anniversary of D-Day and the 100th Anniversary of the last Olympic rugby match.

This tour represents National Collegiate Rugby's commitment to providing high-performance opportunities for men’s and women’s student athletes and strengthening the talent pipeline for the 2031 men’s and 2033 women’s World Cups in the U.S.
Touring dates range from June 15 through July 6, 2024 at this time.  Details and updates on this tour will be uploaded here.  While the France tour is for NCR’s men’s student athletes, the NCR team is building towards a future tour for women’s high performance players, as well. 

The 2024 France Tour will be funded separately from membership fees and other operating revenue. The tour staff are actively raising independent funds to support the team’s preparation and travel. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email Steven Hiatt at

Team Selection Process

Player nominations must be submitted by a coach familiar with the player's abilities and attributes as a student athlete. 2023 All Americans may self-nominate using the same process. Nominations close on March 15.

Selections will be based on input from the NCR All-Star competition, Player Identification Team, Head Coach and Director of Rugby.

The nomination form listed below should be utilized to nominate a player. If a coach has any questions about the nomination process they can contact the selector for their Region (see below).

All players must meet eligibility requirements for NCR and be registered with USA Rugby.

Player Identification Team

MidwestJoe LippertIowa
Great LakesBrad
New EnglandPhil
WestEd RobertsCal Maritime

National SectorSteve

Team Staff

Director of OperationsSteve
Director of RugbyThomas
Director of Tour OperationsBrad BurnsCatholic
Team ManagerJohn SolomonCatholic
Head CoachEdward TubridyNortheastern
Attack CoachThomas ClarkNCR
Backs CoachTaye DanielFordham
Asst. Backs CoachJamie FrechMichigan
Forwards CoachDavid LaflammeBrown
Asst. Forwards CoachJoe LippertIowa Central
Set Piece CoachKyle SumsionDartmouth
Defense Coach Danny NeighbourSt. Bonaventure
Analytics‍Craig WilsonYale
Strength & ConditioningShane Dempsey
Athletic Trainers

Kelly Teixeira | Julie Tucker