NOLA Gold Rugby vs. USA Rugby South Preview

NOLA Gold Rugby vs. USA Rugby South Panthers

The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club begins its exhibition season against the USA Rugby South Panthers this Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm CT at City Park (Magnolia pitch. For NOLA Gold, the match will provide a chance to assess which Academy players might contribute during the Major League Rugby season. There will be some regular NOLA Gold players in the mix along with some local players too.

For the USA Rugby South Panthers, the preseason match against NOLA Gold is a great opportunity for the Panthers to experience the professional level of play that Major League Rugby offers. The match also provides an opportunity to evaluate several new aspiring players.

Prior to this match, the Pontchartrain Po-Boy Rugby Club will play Biloxi at 10 am and Krewe Rugby Club will play Crescent City Blues at Noon. The latter match will decide the RMC Final.

Squads

NOLA Gold: 1 Kevin Sullivan 2 Matt Harmon 3 Mason Briant 4 William Waguespack 5 Billy Stewart 6 Daniel Logan 7 John Sullivan 8 Malcolm May 9 Lance Landry 10 Nick Feakes 11 Shaun Riley 12 Michael Houston 13 John Ray 14 Aidan Elias 15 Michael Baska (C) 16 Thomas Savoie 17 Amro Gouda 18 Manatau Tuifua 19 Caleb Meyer 20 Todd Dupre 21 Gio Lapp 22 Chris Andrade 23 Alec Miller 24 Matt Coore 25 Ross Depperschmidt

USA Rugby South Panthers: Austin Grant (Augusta), Brandon Aladesuyi (Atlanta Renegades), Brett Walsh (Birmingham), Cameron Tompkins (Western Kentucky U), Charlie Hutchings (Tampa Krewe), Chris Milledge (Houston Sabercats), Cory Truett (Atlanta Old White), Daniel Abuonji (Atlanta Old White), David Winiarczyk (High Country),Gannon Karena (Atlanta Renegades), James Irey (New Orleans), James Wayne (Asheville), Joseph Jackson (Atlanta Renegades), Keenan Kayser (U of Tennessee), Lucas Baistrocchi (Atlanta Old White), Lyall Harrison (Chattanooga), Matt Fontana (Atlanta Renegades), Michael Martinez (Nashville), Nathan Ring (Nashville), Richard Shore (Augusta), Sam Trammel (Atlanta Renegades), Sean Hunt (Atlanta Old White), Stephen Hickey (Augusta), Steven Mendez (Pensacola), Zach Jessell (Pittsburgh Harlequins)

Rene Daniel Head Coach USA Rugby South
Francesco Balsas Coach Atlanta Old White
Renaldo Arroyo Coach Valdosta St U
Pete Redmond Coach Augusta
Fred Reynolds Medical Philly/Whitemarsh
Gary Kent Mgr Columbus/Fort Benning

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