Austin Elite Rugby hosts the Houston SaberCats at 7 pm CST at Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock, Texas. Tickets are still available. For those who can’t attend, the match is being broadcast on ESPN+, Facebook Watch, and Kube.
The Houston SaberCats will hold a Watch Party at Hough O’Connors, 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston. The LadyCats will be in attendance.
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The Houston SaberCats have made some changes since the teams met in a preseason match two weeks ago. Alex Elkins, Josua Vici, and Osea Kolinisau are not on the squad.
The SaberCats have a strong group of forwards with an Irish front row of Jamie Dever, Pat O’Toole, and Charlie Connolly. Robert Meeson and captain Matt Trouville are the locks with a back row of Australia flanker Luke Beauchamp and Cecil Garber the flankers and Ayron Schramm, who plays on the German National Team at No. 8.
The halfback combination pairs Uruguay scrumhalf Santiago Arate with former Ulster flyhalf Sam Windsor. The centers include Conor Mills and Max Tacket, wings Joe Kkelly and Malacchi Esdale, with Zach Pangelinan at fullback.
Jack Riley returns from injury at hooker in the reserves, with Jake Turnbull and Matt Almeida at prop, Chris Park and Chris Coyle at the back row, Connor Murphy is a scrumhalf, Irving Carcamo a center, and Kelly Kolberg a wing.
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Austin Elite Rugby: 1 Simon Courcoul 2 Chris Schade 3 Juan Echeverria 4 Ben Mitchell (C) 5 Josh Larsen 6 Kyle Breytenbach 7 Rikus Zwart 8 Travis Larsen 9 Mickaël Romera 10 Timothée Guillimin 11 Alex Faison Donahoe 12 Andres Vilaseca 13: Sione Fangaiuiha 14 Peni Tagive 15 Zinzan Elan-Puttick (VC) 16 Tiaan Strauss Erasmus 17 LaRome White 18 Brendan Rams 19 Dominique Bailey 20 Marcelo Torrealba 21 Soheyl Jaoudat 22 Reece Czarnecki 23 Mason Pedersen + Head Coach Alain Hyardet
Houston SaberCats: 1 Jamie Dever 2 Pat O’Toole 3 Charlie Connolly 4 Luke Beauchamp 5 Matt Trouville 6 7 Cecil Garber 8 Ayron Schramm 9 Santiago Arata 10 Sam Windsor 11 Joe Kelly 12 Conor Mills 13 Max Tacket 14 Malacchi Esdale 15 Zach Pangelinan 16 Jack Riley 17 Jake Turnbull 18 Matt Almeida 19 Chris Parker 20 Chris Coyle 21 Connor Murphy 22 Irving Caramo 23 Kelly Kolberg + Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick