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Falcons Named For South America Trip

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Falcons Named For South America Trip

Thomas Robles joins the squad. David Barpal phot.

USA Rugby has named 14 players to represent the USA Men's for the Sudamérica Rugby Sevens 2019 taking place in South America this January.

The full tournament will consist of two legs beginning with Punta Del Este in Uruguay Jan. 5-6 and followed by Viña del Mar in Chile Jan. 12-13.

Along with the USA, the full tournament will consist of teams from 12 nations including Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Paraguay and Uruguay. In traditional sevens form, pool matches will be played on Day One with knockout rounds on Day Two of each leg.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the top 2 placed South American teams will be invited to the Hong Kong stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 with the winner also qualified for the Las Vegas stop. With Argentina already a core team on the Series circuit, the invitation would fall to the next two highest-placed South American teams should they win.

The Falcons roster consists of three players who have been capped in the aforementioned senior World Series including Cody Melphy, Faitala Talapusi and Naima Fuala'au. Fuala'au competed in last year's Sudamérica Sevens along with returning Falcon Ben Broselle.

2018 Youth Olympian Sione "Johnny" Mahe will be joining the group as well, along with 2018 D1A National Champions from Life University Harley Wheeler, Maciu Koroi and Austin White.

As an Olympic qualifying year is well-underway -- and with the United States now ranked first in the World Series standings -- the Men's Sevens program is keen to use this Falcons tour to build depth for the remainder of the season.

The opportunity to advance from the competition is well-displayed by current national team player Nick Boyer who competed at Sudamérica Sevens last year and then went on to make his national team debut at HSBC Hamilton Sevens 2018. Boyer is not on the roster for this year's Sudamérica Sevens having returned to San Diego Legion.

"The Sudamerica 7s affords a great opportunity for this playing group to stake a claim towards Eagles selection. The team's average age of 21.9 is an indication of the continued quality of the domestic competition and the strides made of our age-grade pathway," said Head Coach JD Stephenson. "From the squad selected, over half have came through the Collegiate All-American 7s program, a testament to Coach Steve Lewis's work over the past two years.

"Furthermore 86% of the squad has came through the All American program in one facet or another, showing not only successful identification, but proven development within their daily training environments. I'm honored to be able to coach this exciting and talented group of players and work with a great management team along the way".

 

Men's Falcons Roster

 

Player Name

Position

Program

Ben Broselle

Wing

Men's Sevens Residency / UCLA

Travion Clark

Wing

Glendale Merlins

Chris Frazier

Prop

Mystic River

Naima Fuala'au

Scrum Half

Men's Sevens Residency

Maciu Koroi

Prop

Life University

Johnny Mahe

Fly Half

Men's Sevens Academy

Cody Melphy

Center

Men's Sevens Residency

Eric Naposki-Abdalah

Center

UCLA

D'montae Noble

Fly Half

Kutztown University

Thomas Robles

Prop

Unattached

Faitala Talapusi

Fly Half

Men's Sevens Residency

Marcus Tupuola

Center

Men's Sevens Residency

Harley Wheeler

Hooker

Life University

Austin White

Center

Life University


 

Men's Falcons Staff

Head Coach | JD Stephenson

Assistant Coach | Brendan Keane

Strength & Conditioning Coach/Performance Analyst | Justin Goonan

Physiotherapist | Alex Burke