USA Rugby Release
The USA Men’s U23 has assembled in Colorado for the annual RugbyTown 7s invitational tournament taking place August 20-22 at Infinity Park. Live stream and tickets are available at RugbyTown7s.com.
RugbyTown marks Head Coach Colton Cariaga’s first outing with the Men’s Under-23s as the tournament itself returns following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The United States will face SoCal Griffins, SaberCats, D-Block, Santa Rosa, and Oregon Sharks in Pool B.
The roster features an exciting lineup of collegiate talent with two crossover athletes from the Colorado XOs. RugbyTown 7s serves as a primary showcase for national team coaches to evaluate up-and-coming talent for the player pool. With Tokyo Olympics in the rearview and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series quickly approaching in September, performances this weekend will be even more meaningful as the Senior National Team considers its residency roster for the new Olympic cycle.
Coach Cariaga said:
“It’s certainly been a tough year for talent identification but we are excited and believe in the squad we’ve selected. Fortunately, all players named to this team have participated in some form of top-level competition this spring, including regional select teams, D1A matchups, Major League Rugby, international tournaments, and even the Colorado XO exhibition series.
“The mission of the USA U23 7s program is to find future Eagles and Olympians and we aim to be as competitive as possible at RugbyTown 7s. Between the training camp, we’ll run beforehand and the tournament itself, this assembly is a great development opportunity for the players and an assessment tool for the staff.”
In addition to the live stream, fans can follow @USARJNT on Twitter and Instagram for coverage and information of all USA Rugby Men’s and Women’s Junior National Teams.
USA Men’s U23 Roster
|Orrin Bizer||Prop||Life University|
|Shawn Clark||Prop||Colorado XOs|
|Nick Hardrict||Wing||Lindenwood University|
|Donovan Law||Hooker||Life University|
|Mike Matarazzo||Prop||Rugby ATL|
|Ryan Santos||Prop||Harvard University|
|David Still||Wing||Colorado XOs|
|Peyton Wall||Hooker||Indiana University|
|Sam Walsh||Flyhalf||University of California – Berkeley|
|Coleson Warner||Flyhalf||Lindenwood University|
|Jack Wendling||Center/Prop||Central Washington University|
USA Men’s U23 Staff
Men’s HP Pathways Manager | Brendan Keane
Head Coach | Colton Cariaga
Strength & Conditioning | Lucas Baistrocchi
Athletic Trainer | Anna Unnasch
USA Men’s U23 Schedule
vs SoCal Griffins | 12:00 PM MT
vs SaberCats | 3:00 PM MT
vs DBlock Santa Rosa | 6:00 PM MT
vs Oregon Sharks | 2:20 PM MT
*Knockouts begin August 21 at 5:05 PM MT; tournament continues through August 22.