Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stars Rugby 7s Stampede 7s Rosters

Stars Rugby 7s has returned to Canada to compete in the 2015 Stampede Sevens Tournament. Pre-tournament preparation has seen the team training throughout Alberta in Banff, Red Deer and Calgary including attending the Women's Super Series for the USA's 36-28 victory over Canada. Tonight the men scrimmage the Banff Bears while the women will work intersquad game simulations.

Tournament play begins on Friday, July 3rd at the Calgary Rugby Union with pool play matches followed by additional pool play, semifinals and finals on Saturday. In 2014 the Stars Men reached the Premier Cup Final against the Hakwa Cannibals while the Women's Blue battled Aptoella in their Premier Cup Championship. The Women's Red team made the Premier Semifinals and played Edmonton Gold in the 3rd place match.

The 2015 Stars Rugby 7s tour once again features one men's team and  2 women's teams each in the Premier bracket:


Elvy Asonye - San Jose Seahawks
Vicky Becerra - Fort Miami
Madeline Berry - University of Regina (Canada)
Ashlee Byrge- Davenport University
Brenna Donahue - Davenport University
Sierra Gribble - Lindenwood University
Jen Harig - Davenport University
Hannah Henry - Kent State University
Nikki Kenyon - Life West
Phaidra Knight - San Diego Surfers
Diarr Lillie - ARPTC
Tiara Littleton - Allen Griffins/ARPTC
Jessica Mallindine - Louisiana Lagniappe
Penni Nelson - Dallas Harlequins
Mackenzie Pusch - Edmonton Gold (Canada)
Morgan Roberts - Boston Women/Northeast Academy
Paloma Salazar - Sacramento State
Gina Steffano - HARC
Jolene Steibel -  Lindenwood University
Beth Stratton - ARPTC
Hannah Tennant - Davenport University
Sarah Thomas - Wisconsin Women
Angela Thompson- University of Victoria (Canada)
Mary Vaitohi - Aurora Rams
Amy Verdonik - University of Scranton/Old Blue Women/Northeast Academy
Breean Walas - Little Rock Stormers
Kassidi Wynter - Atlanta Harlequins

Ethan Baldino - Naples Hammerheads
James Bragan - Washington Irish
Daniel Cook - Arkansas Gryphons
Dave Evans - Bow Valley (Canada)
Ruben Gonzalez - Woodlands Rugby
Tyler Grant - Arkansas Gryphons
Jeffery Herron - Tampa Krewe
Jager Hill - Washington Irish
Lee Hoskins - Metropolis/Youngbloodz 7s
Austin Mennen - Blackhawk Rugby
Anthony Munoz - EPA Razorbacks
Enrique Palafox - Monterrey Beachdogs
Mikey Reinhard - Surrey Beavers (Canada)
Matt Ryan -OMBAC/US Army Selects

Joel Bonnaud - W1823
Nemani Delaibatiki - Unattached/ARPTC
Toga Fanueli - Washington Irish
Joe Lippert - Palmer College

Erica Black - Erica Black Wellness, Seattle
Yuki Matsunaga - Calgary

Liz Entwhistle - Fort Miami/W1823

Stars Rugby 7s would like to thank the following tour sponsors: Washington Irish RFC, W1823, Palmer College RugbyKajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, PeytonBolin PL, Teliczan Construction, Optimum Health & Performance, Dryworld Industries, Erica Black Wellness, All American Training Center, Paladin Sports, Rugby 12, and USA Rugby Club.
About Stars Rugby 7s: Stars Rugby 7s was founded in November 2013 with the mission of developing rugby 7s players in elite tournament settings. Teams compete in multiple high performance assemblies and international tournaments each year with a deep talent pool combining internationally capped 7s and 15s players, elite prospects, athletically gifted players new to the game of 7s, and crossover athletes. There is a major focus on recruiting players that lack regular exposure to high level coaching /playing opportunities due to geographic restraints and the lack of resources which varies greatly throughout the United States. While mostly US based, the Stars rosters include players from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and welcomes any players committed to the team and rugby camaraderie. Tours have included the Las Vegas Invitational, Calgary Stampede 7s, Australia Central Coast 7s, Tobago 7s, and Atlanta 7s with numerous championship appearances and titles won.