GRR: St. Mary's
The period right after the Major League Rugby draft has not been a mad dash to sign undrafted players, but there have been a few key moves.
Saint Mary's prop Payton Telea Ilalio has received his 2019-2020 Scholz Award trophy.
Telea Ilalio was named the Rugby Sorensen Award Winner as the top men's college player in the country. He would normally have received his trophy at the annual awards dinner in Seattle, Wash. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the dinner was canceled.
Payton Telea Ilalio has been selected as the winner of the 2019-2020 Rudy Scholz Award as the top men's collegiate rugby player in the United States.
Telea Ilalio is the first prop, and in fact the first tight five forward of any kind, to win the award.
Former Saint Mary's All American Brendan O'Meara has been back at his alma mater coaching the Gaels players and mentoring young athletes.
O'Meara talks in detail with Bruce McLane on how Saint Mary's approaches attacking rugby.
Pay special attention to what he says about skip passes.
The finalists for the Rudy Scholz Award as the top men's college rugby player in the United States have been selected.
A combination of coach/team votes, and fan votes, have whittled the list of nominees down to five finalists. The top fan vote-getter is an automatic finalist, and so is the top team vote-getter (those votes usually logged by coaches or team presidents).