USA Men’s Sevens camp pool announced

USA Men’s Sevens camp pool announced

 Defense and a commitment to the team are a few of the main characteristics that head coach Al Caravelli will evaluate at the camp.

“We have a ton of guys that can score from everywhere, but I am looking for someone who will also be able to make big tackles too,” Caravelli said.

The commitment piece might be “painfully obvious” on the first day of camp.  The athletes were instructed to follow rugby-specific fitness and diet programs, so Caravelli will quickly be able to determine which players followed the program as the three days promise to be “pretty grueling.”

The attending players are a young group, generally.  The oldest attending athlete is 29 (Provo’s Mike Pelafau).  So, while the IRB Sevens World Series starts in December, the inclusion of young talent indicates that an eye is also on the Pan-Am Games next year and, of course, the Olympics in 2016.


Athletes attending camp:

James Aldridge (Notre Dame)

Gerson Blaise (Brooklyn Mariners)

Miles Craigwell (NYAC)

Matt Degutes (Chicago Lions)

Dimitri Efthimiou (Mystic River)

Jack Halalilo (San Mateo)

Troy Hall (NYAC)

Matthew Hawkins (OMBAC/SoCal)

Colin Hawley (UC – Berkeley)

Gareth Jones (Young Munster)

Hunter Leland (Texas A&M)

Duncan Kelm (San Diego State University)

PJ Komognan (NOVA)

Valenese Malifa (Glendale)

Kyle Marshall (Boston RFC)

Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green/Chicago Lions)

Taylor Mokate (University of Oklahoma)

Threntton Palamo (University of Utah)

Mike Palefau (Provo)

Zach Pangelinan (OMBAC)

Don Pati, (University of Utah)

Jonathan Poynter (Fort Worth Rugby)

Nick Regas (Claremont McKenna)

Pete Roses (Santa Monica)

Alex Ross (San Diego State University)

Supeli Sakalia (EPA)

Shalom Suniula (RL)

Zach Test (Loughborough)

Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona)

Siosaia Vainuku (Provo)

Duran Vota (Boston RFC)


Unavailable due to injury:

Nu’u Punimata, Justin Boyd, Marco Barnard, Mark Bokhoven, Ata Malifa


Considered but unavailable:

Mile Pulu, Leonard Peters 

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