Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stars Rugby XVs Rosters for Life U

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November 21st 2015

Stars Rugby 7s has assembled for their inaugural XVs tour for matches against Life University's ARP Champion Men's Elite Training Group and nationally ranked women's undergraduate team. The men have remained undefeated in their fall campaign in matches against Old Blue, NYAC, Boston Irish Wolfhounds, Boston Rugby and USA Rugby South Panthers. The women have nearly equaled that mark with a strong fall seasons competing against fellow varsity teams Army, Quinnipiac, Lindenwood and Notre Dame College.

The women's team debuts several new players to Stars tour as tight five specialists and collegiate players have combined with the veteran complement of players. Several players from the Augusta Furies who impressed at Nationals have joined the squad while D2 Women's Cub MVP Justine Wypych adds impressive speed to the back three:

Danielle Berkowsky - Atlanta Harlequins
Madeline Berry - University of Regina (Canada)
Ali Borowsky - Chicago North Shore
Nicole Burr - Augusta Furies
Kristine Devine - Augusta Furies
Judy Dickson - Atlanta Harlequins (VC)
Liz Entwhistle - Fort Miami 
Emilia Ferrara - Notre Dame College 
Jen Harig - Grand Rapids Gazelles (C)
Charli Jacoby - Chicago North Shore 
Dakota Jeppson - University of Northern Iowa
Nikki Kenyon - Life West Gladiators
Jamila Reinhardt - Augusta Furies
Megan Salyars - University of Northern Iowa
Keta Sutton - Atlanta Harlequins 
Amy Verdonik - University of Scranton 
Brittany White - Minnesota Valkyries
Kassidi Wynter - Atlanta Harlequins
Justine Wypych - Wisconsin Rugby Club 

Coach: Markus Valovalo - Kansas City Blues
Health & Wellness: Erica Black - Erica Black Wellness
Physio: Sarah Hayden - Life University 
Director: Liz Entwhistle

The men's team returns several players from the Tobago 7s,  LVI, Stampede 7s and Rugbytown 7s rosters. Similar specialists have been brought in for the tight five with players like Anthony Parry seen at the Columbus Eagles Tracking Camp, Diego Maquieria from the NE ODA, Shon Curtis a standout former U-20 prop/second row, Eagle Veteran Brodie Orth, and numerous members of the Florida High Performance Program. Nick Laws of Sunnybank Rugby has made the trek over from Australia for 3 weeks worth of Stars tours.

Sonny Adjei - Chicago Lions 
Ethan Baldino - Naples Hammerheads
Shon Curtis - Park City Haggis
Amro Gouda - Charlotte Rugby Club 
Mike Fletcher - Washington DC Irish 
Matt Guest - Little Rock Stormers
Jonathan Halter - Gainseville Hogs (VC)
Jeffrey Herron - Tampa Krewe
Nick Laws - Sunnybank Rugby (Australia)
Diego Maquieria - Mystic River
Austin Mennen - Blackhawk Rugby
Brodie Orth - Kansas City Blues
Enrique Palafox - Central Coast Beach Dogs
Anthony Parry - Columbus Rugby Club 
Tyler Pigott -  Naples Hammerheads
Meli Ratumaimuri - EPA Razorbacks
Jamil Robinson - Columbus Rugby Club
Adrian Salazar - Miami Rugby Club
William Whitehead Jr - Kansas City Blues

Coach: Markus Valovalo - Kansas City Blues
Health & Wellness: Erica Black - Erica Black Wellness
Physio: Sarah Hayden - Life University 
Director: Liz Entwhistle

Stars Rugby 7s would like to thank the following tour sponsors: Washington Irish RFC, Dragon Rugby Academy, Women's Old Blue RFC, W1823, Palmer College Rugby, Teliczan Construction, Optimum Health & Performance, Erica Black Wellness, All American Training Center, Paladin Sports, Rugby 12, Budd Bay Promotions & ApparelUSA Rugby Club, Viking Kayak NZ, and SweatX.

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, Serevi Rugbytown 7s, and Atlanta 7s with numerous championship appearances and titles won.

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