Dr. Marc Kowalsky will be in Alicante, Spain this week as team physician for the Northeast Rugby Academy Men’s U23 team, who will compete in the 33rd Annual Costa Blanca Rugby Sevens Tournament. The Northeast Academy Men’s U23 team will compete in the Elite division along with teams from Europe, Africa, and South America, including several national Sevens teams.
Sevens games are more fast moving and free flowing than a regular union rugby match. A union game of 15s rugby, when there are 15 men on the pitch, lasts 80 minutes. Sevens, on the other hand, with 7 players on the pitch, has 7 minute halves, with a 2 minute half-time. In Sevens, players who have been subbed out are allowed to go back into the game.
Dr. Kowalsky has served as medical director for this organization since November, 2018. Northeast Academy is the official USA Rugby National Development Academy for the identification and development of athletes from the northeast region for participation in the USA Rugby national teams and the USA Olympic rugby teams. Dr. Kowalsky is also team physician for the USA Rugby national team, the Eagles.