BOULDER, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin announced the 27-man roster for the upcoming Domestic Camp at Life University in preparation for the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier against Uruguay.
The Eagles will assemble at Life University Feb. 20-23 and end the camp with a scrimmage against the school’s club team. Tolkin’s men will then meet again in the second week of March for the Qualifier assembly.
“We’re looking to get them back in the swing of things, get the rust off,” Tolkin said of the domestic players. “It’s been two-and-a-half months since we disassembled in London and a lot of them aren’t playing ball now.”
Among the names being called to Georgia is Louis Stanfill, who missed the Eagles’ November Tour after recovering from surgery following the Qualifier against Canada in August.
“He’s good, back 200 percent,” Tolkin said of his second rower. “He’s been playing with Seattle-OPSB the last few weeks so he will be ready to go.”
Men’s Eagles Sevens players Danny Barrett, Folau Niua, Shalom Suniula and Brett Thompson were also called to camp, though Thompson will not be available due to injury. Niua, who recently signed a contract with RaboDirect 12’s Glasgow Warriors, will also not be available for camp.
The Domestic Camp does not coincide with any leg of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, but the two legs of the Qualifier in March overlap Tokyo Sevens and Hong Kong Sevens, respectively.
“I’m working with [Men’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach] Matt Hawkins pretty closely,” Tolkin said of the availability of sevens players. “Basically we’re working together to coordinate things and players we might be using. That’s all been in the process.”
Hear Tolkin discuss what he’s seen from the sevens players:
Brian Doyle, James Paterson and Shawn Pittman were not considered for camp because of injury, and Peter Dahl and Seamus Kelly were selected but not available. Tolkin said Kelly was “under the gun a bit because of school,” but should be back with the squad in March.
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.
Men's Eagles | February Domestic Camp
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
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
Selected but not available
Selected but not available due to injury
Recently moved overseas
Men's Eagles | 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