Scores 33 Points in 1st Tournament in Senior National 7s Team Jersey
Hanover, NH – Dartmouth Rugby (DRFC) captain Madison Hughes ’15 made his USA Men’s Eagles Sevens debut last Friday in Wellington on the New Zealand stop of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series. During his off term, Hughes has been training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Hughes was named to the Eagles Sevens 12-man team after impressing for the USA Falcons (development squad) in the Men’s Elite Division at the Las Vegas 7s Invitational during the first weekend in February.
For many observers it was an inevitably, given Hughes’ work-ethic as he climbed the US player pipeline with successes for the High-School All-Americans, Junior All-Americans (becoming the highest points scorer in the iRB Junior World Trophy win), the Collegiate All-Americans, and a 2013 apprenticeship at the Olympic Training Center under the tutelage of then national team head coach, Alex Magleby ’00.
When asked about representing the US, Hughes responded: “I am enormously excited about the opportunity to tour with the USA 7s team. Playing international rugby has long been a dream of mine and I can’t wait to pull on that Eagles jersey. This represents another step in my rugby development, and I hope to use this experience to continue to improve as a player.”
The Dartmouth captain also humbly said: “I would like to thank all of those who have played large roles in my success. Far too many people have helped me enormously for me to be able to list them all, but I would like to particularly thank my parents, without whose ongoing support none of this would be possible.”
Hughes came on as a substitute against Argentina and Canada in his first two matches and started the Eagles final match against Scotland. Hughes scored 33 points in the tournament including his first three international rugby tries, making him the fifth-highest scoring player in the tournament. Hughes became the fifth Dartmouth men’s player to pull on the Eagles jersey, following in the footsteps of Al Dekin ’87 (7s), Kevin Whitcher ’99 (7s), Alex Magleby ’00 (7s & 15s), and Joe Killefer ’06 (7s).
Hughes’ development and success during his off-term is promising for the DRFC, which has a challenging spring schedule ahead highlighted by the California Tour, Varsity Cup, and the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Hughes said: “I look forward to returning to Dartmouth in the spring and combining with my teammates in our pursuit of a successful spring season.”