Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Local Makes it Big


The USA Men's National Team is assembling for a camp in preparation for their World Cup Qualifier match with Uruguay.

What's interesting is that one of the players in camp plays their club rugby for the local Milwaukee Barbarians.  Aaron Young has had an inspiring journey to get there.  He played up at the Univ of Northern Michigan and worked his way all the way up.  It's a great reminder that it's not where you go, but what you do when you're there that makes all the difference.

Milwaukee has had other ruggers play for the Eagles but it's been a while since one played their day-to-day season here.  Tom Katzfey, from Catholic Memorial and St Norberts, was involved in the USA program recently and played in some All-American matches, but he played his rugby post high school rugby with New York and then Life University in Georgia.

The Eagles will face Uruguay in the first leg of the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier March 22 in Montevideo before hosting Los Teros at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University March 29.

February Domestic Camp
Forwards
Derek Asbun - New York Athletic Club
Danny Barrett - Men's Eagles Sevens
Tom Coolican - New York Athletic Club
John Cullen - Seattle-OPSB
T.C. Elliott - Seattle-OPSB
Zach Fenoglio - Glendale Raptors
Graham Harriman - James Bay RFC
Olive Kilifi - Seattle-OPSB
Brodie Orth - Kansas City Blues
Louis Stanfill - Seattle-OPSB
Kyle Sumsion - Brigham Young University
Phil Thiel - Life
Matt Trouville - Seattle-OPSB
Nick Wallace - James Bay RFC
Aaron Young - Milwaukee Barbarians

Backs
Chris Chapman - New York Athletic Club
Joe Cowley - Life University
Miles Craigwell - Seattle-OPSB
Shaun Davies - Life
Dean Gericke - Houston Athletic Rugby Club
Troy Hall - New York Athletic Club
Kelly Kolberg - Dallas RFC
Chad London - Glendale Raptors
Tim Maupin - Olympic Club
Mike Petri - New York Athletic Club
Adam Siddall - Unattached
Shalom Suniula - Men's Eagles Sevens

Not considered for selection due to injury
Brian Doyle
James Paterson
Shawn Pittman

Selected but not available
Peter Dahl
Seamus Kelly

Selected but not available due to injury
Brett Thompson

Recently moved overseas to play professionally
Toby L'Estrange
Folau Niua
Tai Tuisamoa

Coaching Staff
Mike Tolkin - Head Coach
Billy Millard - Assistant Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach
Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach
David Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach
Paul Goulding - Analyst
James Walton - Analyst
Richard Quincy - Physio
Zach Vyhnanek - Physio
Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist
Tristan Lewis - Manager
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