NOLA Gold vs Stars Rugby

NOLA Gold Rugby vs. Stars Rugby XVs, Pontchartrain Po-boy Rugby vs. Crescent City Blues  & NOLA Gold U19s Academy vs. Stars U19s

Prior to the NOLA Gold Rugby Club match against Stars Rugby at the NOLA Gold Stadium at 2 pm CT on December 15, the NOLA Gold U19s Academy will play the Stars U19s at 10 am and Pontchartrain Po-boy Rugby will play the Crescent City Blues at noon in the Robert Markel Cup Final.

Pontchartrain is the defending RMC Cup Champions, while Crescent City will want to leave with the Cup. It has all the makings of an excellent final . Click for RMC standings.

The NOLA Gold match will be streamed by Gift-time Rugby Network.

NOLA Gold Rugby Club will field a blend of experienced and younger players. Tristan Blewett will play for the first time with the team. Zack Stryffeler moved from the centers to flanker. Ben Tarr has returned from fishing in Australia and will take the helm as captain. JP Eloff will be the vice-captain.

Later in the 2018 season, Taylor Howden switched to inside center with Eloff moving to flyhalf. That combination was effective for the team. Holden Yungert provided a spark at scrumhalf. The back three will have one consistency with JoJo Tikoisuva on the wing. Michael Baska has played fullback and scrumhalf with the team but will be a wing with new addition Nick Feakes at fullback.

In the front row, Tarr is joined by new additions Kevin Sullivan and Matt Harmon. William Waguespack and Billy Stewart are the locks, with John Sullivan joining Zack Stryffeler as flankers and Malcolm May at No. 8.

Stars Rugby will field a combination of both club and college players. It provides the players to have a high-performance match and to potentially be noticed as a potential professional player in the future.

For the Stars, JP Aguirre, a Collegiate All-American, placed for the Rugby Americas Selects against the Glendale Raptors after a Major League Rugby Combine. He attends Lindenwood University and a key player at flyhalf.


NOLA Gold Roster: 1 Kevin Sullivan 2 Matt Harmon 3 Ben Tarr (C) 4 William Waguespack 5 Billy Stewart 6 Zack Stryffeler 7 John Sullivan 8 Malcolm May 9 Holden Yungert 10 JP Eloff (VC) 11 Michael Baska 12 Taylor Howden 13 Tristan Blewett 14 JoJo Tikoisuva 15 Nick Feakes 16 Amro Gouda 17 Cam Falcon 18 Mason Briant 19 Daniel Logan 20 Todd Dupre 21 Michael Houston 22 Bobby Johns 23 Shawn Riley

Stars Rugby XVs Men’s Roster:

  • JP Aguirre – flyhalf – Lindenwood University, St Charles, Missouri
  • *David Beach – second row – Notre Dame College, Euclid, Ohio
  • *Todd Becker – prop – Bremer County Bucks, Waverly, Iowa
  • *Carter Beelman – fullback/wing – Metropolis Rugby Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • *Drew Binegar – flyhalf/fullback – Peoria Pigs/USAF 7s, Peoria, Illinois
  • *Rico Blackman – prop – Notre Dame College, Euclid, Ohio
  • *Jonathan Blalock – flanker/hooker – Birmingham Vulcans, Birmingham, Alabama
  • *Drew Busbee – scrumhalf/flyhalf/flanker – Belmont Shore Rugby/USAF 7s – Los Angeles, California
  • *Chris Caci – center – Fox Valley Maori – St Charles, Illinois
  • *Sam Chaney – prop – Little Rock Stormers, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aaron Cummings – flanker/scrumhalf – Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • *Francis Dougherty – prop – Old Blue of New York, New York, New York
  • *Niko Felice – second row/flanker – Bremer County Bucks, Waverly, Iowa
  • *Austin Fernandez – wing/center – Tampa Krewe, Tampa Florida
  • Pat Forde – flanker/8 – Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida
  • *Casey Hansen – center – Bremer County Bucks, Waverly, Iowa
  • *Sean Hunt – flanker/8 – Atlanta Old White/USA Rugby League, Atlanta, Georgia
  • *Tarik James – scrumhalf – Notre Dame College, Euclid, Ohio
  • *Chase Jollie – hooker – Bethel College, South Bend, Indiana
  • *Chance Kalua-Fuimaono – Seattle Saracens, Seattle, Washington
  • *Dontae Lawrence – fullback/wing – Savannah Shamrocks, Savannah, Georgia
  • *Rob McAloney – 8/flanker – Principia College, Elsah, Illinois
  • *Trevor Rothhaas – flanker – Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • *Tim Stefczak – second row – Metropolis Rugby Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • HEAD COACH: Peter Baggetta, Washington DC
  • DIRECTOR: Liz Entwhistle, Chicago, Illinois
  • ATC: Cris Valor, Baylor Scott & White, Texas
  • *indicates veteran of previous Stars tours

NOLA Gold Academy U19s: 1 Reece Guidry 2 Pat Gallagher 3 Brendan Weaver 4 Will Shropshire 5 Langston Goldenberg 6 Chuck Lobrano 7 Cameron Duplantier 8 David Childs 9 Drake Roethele 10 Gabe Massey 11 Hayden Courtado 12 James Williams 13 Zavier Triplett 14 Justin Scott 15 William Newell 16 Eddie Lemus 17 Isaac Weaver 18 Moises Chamele 19 Johny Tindall 20 Case Ellis 21 jack Gab 22 Jack Diliberto 23 Tony Caesar

Stars Rugby XVs U19 Men’s Roster:

  • Jabari Agyemann – hooker – Maryland Exiles, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nathan Bain – flanker/8 – Rochester Brotherhood, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Chris Berry – flanker/8 – St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Zachary Bletsch – scrumhalf – Rochester Brotherhood, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Evan Conlon – flyhalf/scrumhalf – Lindenwood University, St Charles, Missouri
  • Cameron Crane – second row – Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Alex Dine – center/wing – Cleveland Crusaders, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Andrew Fickenscher – hooker – West End Rugby, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Antonio Gonzalez – center – Middleton Area Rugby Club, Middleton, Wisconsin
  • James Hall – flanker/second row – University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tyler Hastings – second row – Muskego Rugby, Muskego, Wisconsin
  • Connor Hope-Ross – scrumhalf – Archbishop Spaulding, Severn, Maryland
  • Jackson Jeffrey – wing – University of Alabama Birmingham/Birmingham Vulcans U19, Birmingham, Alabama
  • *Aaron Krah – wing – Iowa Central Community College/Bremer County Bucks, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Collin Lagat – flyhalf/center – Allen Rugby Club, Allen, Texas
  • Ben Litchfield – wing/center – Middleton Area Rugby Club, Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Sumer Maini – hooker/flanker – Morris Rugby Club, Morris, New Jersey
  • Alex Parrish – prop/second row – Principia College, Elsa, Illinois
  • Jose Pilco – center – University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Lane Rouse – prop – Cy-Fair HS Warrior Rugby, Cypress, Texas
  • Dylan Sacks – flanker – Maryland Exiles, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ben Schultz – wing – Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Joseph Vitolio – prop – Diamondbacks Rugby/Maryland Exiles, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • HEAD COACH: Josh Sutcliffe, Palo Alto, California
  • DIRECTOR: Liz Entwhistle, Chicago, Illinois
  • ATC: Cris Valor, Baylor Scott & White, Texas
  • *indicates veteran of previous Stars tours

Robert Markel Cup Squads

Pontchartrain Po-Boy Rugby: 1. James “Doc” Irey 2. Thomas Savoie 3. Jimmy Rehkopf 4. Gordon Cole 5. Vincent Duhe 6. Chris Andrade 7. Joe Rolf 8. Gio Lapp 9. David Buckingham (Captain) 10. Jeff Reuther (Coach) 11. Brett Bordelon 12. Christian Norton 13. Jayson DeLeaumont 14. Matt Tesvich 15. Brad Guarisco 16. John Unsworth 17. Adam Massey 18. Michael Norton 19. Matt Oertling 20. Travis Avery 21. Jarrett Levesh 22. Gary Giepert 23. Geoff Ormsby 24. Garrick Huhner 25. Ross Bellaci

Crescent City Blues: 1 Kwame Juakali 2 Michael “Sully” Danon 3 Carlos Rosa 4 Zac Creel 5 Cal Creel 6 JC Penney 7 Jeffrey Levasur 8 Sean Gallagher
9 Jeryet Bourg 10 Reece Vincent (c) 11 Matthew Sevin 12 Sean McFettridge
13 Nicholas Sevin 14 Ritchie Northshore 15 Brian Sevin 16 Danny Reed
17 Adam Kelley 18 Todd Mathieu 19 Brian Bradshaw 20 Michael Gremillion 21 Matthew Fischer 22 Pablo Sieres 23 Pablo Guth 24 James Fox 25 Dmitriy Prytkin 26 Emmanuel Lucas

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