With the announcement of Rugby Utah’s Select XV coaching staff, it was inevitable that the best of Rugby Utah’s local talent would get a call up to be part of the building up of a successful program. This build up was lead up by last fall’s successful launch of the MPD(Men’s Premier Division) and ‘Iosepa Shield’, in which 5 of Utah’s top senior men’s teams competed.
The preparations for camp began with an initial combine which gave the coaching staff a preview of the talent and skill set they would take into camp. The high level of competitiveness made the selection process a tough one to narrow things to a list of select players. As a result of the combine, the coaching staff were able to make the necessary selections to take into camp in preparation for this Saturday’s (March 11th, 2017) match against the Raptors in Glendale Colorado.
Selected for camp and representing Park City Haggis, Utah Brothers, Salt Lake Spartans, Salt Lake City Gladiators , West Valley Lions and players from Rugby Utah’s NDA 7s program are the following standouts.
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Paulo Anani , Flanker – GLADIATORS
John Cullen , Lock/No 8 – HAGGIS
Shon Curtis , Lock – HAGGIS
Ioane Ioane , Flanker/Lock – GLADIATORS
Tyson Katoa , Prop – HAGGIS
Nyles Lapuaho , Lock – LIONS
Haini Leeaiatoa , Flanker/Hooker
Taumata Mamao , Prop – SPARTANS
Mo Mitani , Hooker – HAGGIS
Uilisone Ma’u , Lock -SPARTANS
Nic Mostyn , Prop – HAGGIS
Korey Olsen , Lock – HAGGIS
Andrew Pahulu ,Prop/No 8 – SPARTANS
Sa Palepoi , Flanker – BROTHERS
Tito Sua , Flanker – SPARTANS
Lote Tuipulotu , Hooker – BROTHERS
Saia Uhila , Flanker/No 8 – BROTHERS
Lance Williams , Flanker – LIONS
Vernon Ale , Wing – LIONS
Joshua Anderson , Wing – RUGBY UTAH 7s
Danny Christensen , Scrumhalf/fly half – HAGGIS
Osamu Eikitonga , Wing/fullback – BROTHERS
Richard Jones , Wing – HAGGIS
Hameti Lomu , Flyhalf/utility back – LIONS
Elliott McDaniel , Scrum half/fullback – HAGGIS
Joseph Nicholls , Scrum/Fly half – RUGBY UTAH 7s
Ben Nicholls , Flyhalf – RUGBY UTAH 7s
Peni Pahulu , Inside/outside center – HAGGIS
Makafana Palu , Flyhalf/inside center – SPARTANS
Joe Pututau , Inside/outside center – HAGGIS
Dusten Umeda , Fullback – LIONS
Taani Valu , Inside/outside center – SPARTANS
Rugby Utah’s Select XV’s first match in the MRC(Major Rugby Championship) this year will be in Glendale Colorado against the Raptors this Saturday March, 11 2017. Head coach Blake Burdette will be announcing his roster for this weekend on Friday, March 10, 2017.