Rugby World Cup Qualifier Camp selections announced
"The biggest challenge is getting players from many different clubs to be on the same page in terminology and style in a short time."
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
Miles Craigwell - Seattle-OPSB
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