Rugby World Cup Qualifier Camp selections announced

BOULDER, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has released the Men’s Eagles squad for the preliminary Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier Camp in Atlanta, Ga.

Returning Eagles from last fall’s November Tour include Derek Asbun, Joe Cowley, John Cullen, Shaun Davies and Seamus Kelly.

Eric Fry will also join the Eagles at Life University as the Eagles prepare for the two-leg series against Uruguay in Montevideo and Atlanta’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.

Following the Eagles’ February Domestic Camp, at which he called for 27 players, Tolkin said the weekend was “valuable” and created competition for players on the fringe.

“Guys are really having to compete one-on-one against each other,” he said. “Earning a place on the squad continues to become much more challenging.”

The Eagles will train in Atlanta March 11-15 and scrimmage Life University the final day before Tolkin selects approximately 11 players to travel to Florida, where the overseas professionals will arrive to camp once the international window officially opens.

Though they will not have had as much time with the team, Tolkin said he was not worried about the professionals not being ready for the team’s biggest series of the year.

“They’re in full-time environments playing against good competition week in, week out,” Tolkin said. “That helps a lot. The biggest challenge is getting players from many different clubs to be on the same page in terminology and style in a short time.”

Tickets are still available for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University March 29. Purchase tickets here.

The final Eagles assembly squad for the Qualifier will be announced prior to the team’s departure for South America.

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier Camp

Derek Asbun - New York Athletic Club

Garrett Brewer - St. Mary's College

Chris Chapman - New York Athletic Club

Joe Cowley - Life Rugby

"The biggest challenge is getting players from many different clubs to be on the same page in terminology and style in a short time."

John Cullen - Seattle-OPSB

Shaun Davies - Life Rugby

TC Elliott - Seattle-OPSB

Zach Fenoglio - Glendale Raptors

Eric Fry - London Scottish RFC

Troy Hall - New York Athletic Club

Graham Harriman - James Bay RFC

Seamus Kelly - University of California

Olive Kilifi - Seattle-OPSB

Kelly Kolberg - Dallas RFC

Chad London - Glendale Raptors

Dave Martini - Santa Monica RFC

Tim Maupin - Olympic Club

Adam Siddall - Men's Eagles Sevens*

Louis Stanfill - Seattle-OPSB

Kyle Stroman - Life Rugby

Kyle Sumsion - BYU Rugby

Shalom Suniula - Seattle-OPSB

Phil Thiel - Life Rugby

Tai Tuisamoa - Old Mission Beach Athletic Club

Matt Trouville - Seattle-OPSB

Zach Walker - Life Rugby

Nick Wallace - James Bay RFC

*Pending medical examination

Men's Eagles | Coaching Staff

Mike Tolkin - Head Coach

Billy Millard - Assistant Coach

Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach

Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach

Dave Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Chris O'Brien - Kicking Coach

James Walton - Video Analyst

Jeff Mjaanes - Doctor

Richard Quincy, Jr. - Physio

Zach Vyhananek - Physio

Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist

Tristan Lewis - Manager