USA Eagles Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad Profiles

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USA Eagles Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad Profiles

  1. 1. 2011 RWC MEDIA GUIDE
  2. 2. Inaki Chris Biller Basauri HOOKER Height: 181 cm FLANKER Weight: 102 kgPLAYERS Height: 197 cm DOB: 11/10/1985 Weight: 109 kg Club: San Francisco DOB: 10/10/1984 Golden Gate Club: Perigueux (France) Location: California, Location: Paris, France USA # of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of appearances for club: 32 Points scored: 75 # of national team appearances: 11 # of national team appearances: 13 National team debut: v Scotland ‘A’ May 2007 National team debut: v Ireland May 2009 Points scored national team: 0 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) # of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (2) # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Previous teams played for: Maryland Exiles, Massy (France), Agen Previous teams played for: University of California, Berkeley (France), Lannemezan (France), L’Aquila (Italy) Chris is one of several former California Golden Bears in the USA Inaki first started rugby at 15, progressing so quickly that he was squad. Following an impressive rugby career at University, he selected for the U-19 USA team the following year. At 17 he be- was named to the Collegiate All-Americans. Chris currently plays came the vice-captain of the USA U-19 side that competed at for San Francisco Golden Gate, the 2011 Super League National the World Championships in France. Since then, Inaki has played Champions. He made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 15 inter- professional rugby in France at Massy, (Agen), Lannemezan and national appearances. This will be his first RWC. at L’Aquila in Italy last season. Inaki made his Eagle debut in 2007 and has 11 international appearances. He represented the USA at the 2007 RWC. Patrick Danahy Todd Clever FLANKER FLANKER Height: 195 cm Height: 195 cm Weight: 113 kg Weight: 103 kg DOB: 07/03/1985 DOB: 16/01/1983 Club: Life University Club: Suntory Sungoliath Location: Atlanta, (Japan) Georgia, USA Location: Tokyo, Japan # of appearances for club: 20 Points scored: 30 # of national team appearances: 5 National team debut: v Uruguay November 2009 # of appearances for club: 15 Points scored: 50 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) # of national team appearances: 37 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 National team debut: v Argentina August 2003 Previous teams played for: Stanford University, Trinity College Dublin Points scored national team: 55 (11 Tries) (Ireland), Eastern Suburbs (Australia) # of RWC tournaments played in: 2003 (0) / 2007 (4) Pat was named to the Collegiate All-Americans in 2007-2008 Previous teams played for: College Park, University of Nevada Reno, when he captained Stanford University. After gaining his Man- Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC), Mahurangi (New Zea- agement Science degree and Masters in Sociology, he played land), North Harbour (New Zealand), Xerox Lions (South Africa) rugby at Dublin University in Ireland. Last year Pat played in Aus- Todd is one America’s most famous rugby players. He represent- tralia at Eastern Suburbs, and is currently at Life University. He ed the High School All-Americans, USA U-19 side, University of made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 5 international appear- Nevada, Reno, and was a three-time College All-American. Todd ances. This will be his first RWC. has played professionally in New Zealand for North Harbour, Su- per Rugby in South Africa for the Xerox Lions and is currently in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath. Todd has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing in 23 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle debut in 2003, and has 37 international 2 appearances. Todd will captain the United States at the RWC, and has competed in both the 2003 and 2007 RWC tournaments.
  3. 3. Paul Emerick Tai Enosa CENTRE FLYHALF Height: 182 cm Height: 179 cm Weight: 98 kg Weight: 88 kg PLAYERS DOB: 24/01/1980 DOB: 03/06/1989 Club: Life University Club: Belmont Shore Location: Atlanta, Location: Oceanside, Georgia, USA California, USA# of appearances for club: 2 Points scored: 15 # of appearances for club: 30 Points scored: 373# of national team appearances: 44 # of national team appearances: 5National team debut: v Spain April 2003 National team debut: v Tonga June 2011Points scored national team: 70 (14 Tries) Points scored national team: 7 (1 Try, 1 Con)# of RWC tournaments played in: 2003 (3) / 2007 (1) # of RWC tournaments played in: 0Previous teams played for: University of Northern Iowa, Mahurangi Previous teams played for: Marist St. Joseph’s (Samoa),(New Zealand), Amatori Catania (Italy), Overmach Parma (Italy), Tempe, Pearl CityNewport Gwent Dragons (Wales), Ulster (Ireland) Tai first played rugby whilst in New Zealand, then for Samoa atPaul attended the University of Northern Iowa, and was a three- the U-19 and U-20 levels. After moving to America, Tai made thetime All-American. He has an extensive rugby resume, playing at USA U-20 side. He played for Tempe in Arizona, before transfer-Mahurangi (New Zealand), Amatori Catania (Italy), Overmach Parma ring to Belmont Shore, the 2011 USA National 7s Champions. Tai(Italy), Newport Gwent Dragons (Wales) and recently at Ulster in Ire- has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing inland. (Ireland). Paul is back in America and currently playing for Life 5 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle debut in 2011,University. Paul has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, and has 5 international appearances. This will be his first RWC.competing in 16 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle debutin 2003, and has 44 international appearances. Paul has competedin both the 2003 and 2007 RWC tournaments. JJ Gagiano NUMBER 8 Eric Fry Height: 191 cm Weight: 112 kg PROP DOB: 14/08/1985 Height: 192 cm Club: University of Cape Weight: 114 kg Town (South Africa) DOB: 14/09/1987 Location: Cape Town, Club: Las Vegas South Africa Blackjacks Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA # of appearances for club: 85 Points scored: 70 # of national team appearances: 13 National team debut: v Uruguay November 2008# of appearances for club: 6 Points scored: 5 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try)# of national team appearances: 5 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0National team debut: v Tonga June 2011 Previous teams played for: Rugby Roma (Italy)Points scored national team: 0# of RWC tournaments played in: 0 JJ played rugby at the famous South African school, Bishops, captaining the squad in his final year gaining 54 caps. He thenPrevious teams played for: University of California, Berkeley spent a three-month season in Italy in 2009, playing for RugbyEric started his rugby career at Jesuit High School in Sacramen- Roma. JJ has represented the Eastern Province Kings in the Cur-to. He then played for the California Golden Bears, winning four rie Cup First Division, winning the league in 2010, as well as be-National Championships, and being named on the Collegiate All- ing part of the Western Province Currie Cup squad. He captainedAmerican squad. Eric is currently with the Las Vegas Blackjacks. the University of Cape Town in two Varsity Cups, and is nearingHe made his Eagle debut in 2011, and has 5 international appear- 100 appearances. His ambitions include playing Super Rugby orances. This will be his first RWC. in the Heineken Cup. He made his Eagle debut in 2008, and has 13 international appearances. This will be his first RWC. 3
  4. 4. Colin Hawley Nic Johnson WING NUMBER 8 Height: 192 cm Height: 195 cm Weight: 93 kg Weight: 114 kgPLAYERS DOB: 10/04/1987 DOB: 15/04/1983 Club: The Olympic Club Club: Unattached Location: Sacramento, Location: Denver, California, USA Colorado, USA # of appearances for club: 2 Points scored: 5 # of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of national team appearances: 4 # of national team appearances: 14 National team debut: v Georgia June 2009 National team debut: v Ireland May 2009 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) Points scored national team: 0 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Previous teams played for: University of California, Berkeley, Previous teams played for: ORSU Jesters, Mid-Northern RFC (New Sacramento Capitals Zealand), Denver Barbarians, L’Aquila (Italy) Colin is one of several former California Golden Bears in the USA Nic played basketball at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore- squad. While at University, he was named to the Collegiate All- gan. Soon thereafter he started playing rugby, making the North Americans. His current club is The Olympic Club in San Fran- America 4 squad in 2008. On the club level, Nic has played with cisco. Colin has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, ORSU Jesters, Mid-Northern club (New Zealand, Northland Club competing in 3 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle de- Championship in 2007) and captained the Denver Barbarians but in 2009, and has 4 international appearances. This will be for several seasons. Last year he played professional rugby at his first RWC. L’Aquila in Italy. He made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 14 international appearances. This will be his first RWC. Scott LaValla LOCK Mike Height: 194 cm MacDonald Weight: 115 kg PROP DOB: 04/07/1988 Height: 185 cm Club: Stade Francais Weight: 123 kg (France) DOB: 27/11/1980 Location: Paris, France Club: Leeds Carnegie (England) Location: Leeds, England # of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of national team appearances: 6 # of appearances for club: 115 Points scored: 125 National team debut: v Russia June 2010 # of national team appearances: 62 Points scored national team: 0 National team debut: v Fiji July 2000 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Points scored national team: 30 (6 Tries) Previous teams played for: Budd Bay RFC, Dublin University # of RWC tournaments played in: 2003 (4) / 2007 (4) (Ireland), Ulster ‘A’ (Ireland) Previous teams played for: Lamorinda, San Francisco Golden Gate, University of California, Berkeley, Worcester RFC (England) Scott first started playing rugby at 16 and went on to represent the USA U-19 team at the IRB Junior World Cup. In 2008 he Mike began playing rugby in high school, eventually winning four captained the USA U-20 side that played in Ireland. He then at- rugby National Championships with the California Golden Bears; tended Trinity College in Dublin, captaining their squad. He made where he was named an All-American five times between 2000 his Eagle debut in 2010, and has 6 international appearances. This and 2004. He has extended his professional rugby contract with will be his first RWC, after which LaValla will move to France to Leeds Carnegie in England for another two seasons. He made his play professional rugby for Stade Francais. Eagle debut in 2000, and has 62 international appearances, cur- rently tied with Luke Gross as the most capped American of all time. This will be his third RWC, playing in all eight matches during the 2003 and 2007 tournaments. 4
  5. 5. Nese Malifa Matekitonga FLYHALF Moeakiola Height: 179 cm PROP Weight: 90 kg PLAYERS DOB: 10/09/1985 Height: 183 cm Club: Glendale Raptors Weight: 118 kg Location: Glendale, DOB: 16/05/1978 Colorado, USA Club: Bobigny 93 (France) Location: Paris, France# of appearances for club: 10 Points scored: 53 # of appearances for club: 33 Points scored: 30# of national team appearances: 21 # of national team appearances: 22National team debut: v England Saxons May 2007 National team debut: v England September 2007Points scored national team: 64 (15 Con / 10 Pen / 1 DG) Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try)# of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (2) # of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (4)Previous teams played for: Ponsonby (NZ), Eden (NZ), Belmont Shore Previous teams played for: Albi Sporting (France), Pukekohe (NZ)Nese played rugby for Auckland U-19 and U-20 as well as Auckland Mate burst onto the scene while playing rugby at the UniversityRegionals. He played for the famous Ponsonby RFC, before re-locating of Utah. He has since played in the North America 4 tournament,to America with the Belmont Shore RFC. A sporting all rounder, he and professionally in France for Bobigny 93. He made his Eaglerepresented Samoa in Cricket. Nese currently plays at the Glendale debut in 2007, and has 22 international appearances. This willRaptors, and has ambitions of playing professionally overseas. Nese be his second RWC, having played in all four matches at the 2007has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing in 18 tournament.tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle debut in 2007, and has21 international appearances. This will be his second RWC, havingplayed in the 2007 tournament. Takudzwa Ngwenya Brian WING McClenahan Height: 178 cm Weight: 93 kg HOOKER DOB: 22/07/1985 Height: 180 cm Club: Biarritz Olympique Weight: 100 kg (France) DOB: 12/06/1982 Location: Biarritz, France Club: The Olympic Club Location: San Francisco, California, USA # of appearances for club: 50 Points scored: 100 # of national team appearances: 19 National team debut: v England September 2007# of appearances for club: 70 Points scored: 30 Points scored national team: 40 (8 Tries)# of national team appearances: 2 # of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (4)National team debut: v Wales June 2009 Previous teams played for: Dallas Athletic RFCPoints scored national team: 0# of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Takudzwa is one of America’s most famous rugby players. He grew up in Zimbabwe, and after moving to the United States, he even-Previous teams played for: University of California, Berkeley, tually played for the Dallas Athletic RFC in Texas. Takudzwa firstSydney University (Australia) represented America on the HSBC Sevens World Series, compet-Brian started his representative rugby career by making the ing in 3 tournaments for the USA. He currently plays professionalUSA U-19 squad. He is one of several former California Golden rugby at Biarritz in France, recently reaching 50 caps. He made hisBears in the USA squad. Following an impressive rugby career at Eagle debut in 2007, and has 19 international appearances. ThisUniversity, he was named to the Collegiate All-Americans. Brian will be his second RWC, having being honored with the ‘Try of thecurrently plays for The Olympic Club. He made his Eagle debut Tournament’ with his run against South Africa’s Brian Habana inin 2009, and has 2 international appearances. This will be his the 2007 RWC.first RWC. 5
  6. 6. James Mike Petri Paterson SCRUMHALF Height: 180 cm WING Weight: 88 kgPLAYERS Height: 186 cm DOB: 16/08/1984 Weight: 100 kg Club: NYAC DOB: 11/04/1987 Location: Brooklyn, Club: Highlanders New York, (New Zealand) USA Location: Dunedin, New Zealand # of appearances for club: 25 Points scored: 25 # of appearances for club: 32 Points scored: 55 # of national team appearances: 1 # of national team appearances: 22 National team debut: v Japan August 2011 National team debut: v South Africa September 2007 Points scored national team: 0 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 # of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (1) Previous teams played for: High School Old Boys (NZ), Star (NZ) Previous teams played for: Belmont RFC, Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons James started playing rugby at 12, and after re-locating to the USA, played American Football at the Colorado School of Mines. Mike started rugby as a freshmen at Xavier High School. He then He represented the USA at rugby at U-19 level, moving back to New attended Penn State University where he was selected to the Col- Zealand to play NZ U-21. James also played in the NPC competition legiate All-American team four years in a row. He captained the USA for Canterbury and Southland, and in the Super Rugby tournament U-19 and All-American squad as well as winning the 2006 Collegiate with the Crusaders and more recently with the Highlanders. His All-Stars tournament MVP and the 2006 Doug Edwards Award. Mike current contract expires after the 2011 season. James made his played professional rugby with the Sale Sharks and the Newport Eagle debut in 2011, and has 1 international appearance. This will Gwent Dragons in Wales. He is currently back at NYAC and aims to be his first RWC. pursue his rugby career overseas. He made his Eagle debut in 2007, and has 22 international appearances. This will be his second RWC, having played in the 2007 tournament. Shawn Pittman Blaine Scully PROP FULLBACK Height: 195 cm Height: 192 cm Weight: 116 kg Weight: 95 kg DOB: 22/01/1988 DOB: 29/02/1988 Club: London Welsh Club: Unattached (England) Location: Berkeley, Location: London, California, England USA # of appearances for club: 29 Points scored: 5 # of national team appearances: 13 National team debut: v Uruguay November 2008 # of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 Points scored national team: 0 # of national team appearances: 4 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 National team debut: v Russia June 2011 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) Previous teams played for: Chuckanot Bay RFC, SFGG, # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Bayside RFC (Canada) Previous teams played for: University of California, Berkeley Shawn played representative rugby making both the USA U-19 and U-20 sides. He went on to play for the Chuckanot Bay RFC, Blaine started playing rugby at UCLA, before transferring to UC Berke- San Francisco Golden Gate and Bayside RFC in Canada. Shawn ley in his junior year. There he was a four-time All-American, captain- started his professional career in England and plays at London ing the squad in 2011, recording an impressive 2-1 series win over the Welsh. He made his Eagle debut in 2008, and has 13 interna- New Zealand Universities. In the sevens version, Blaine captained Cal tional appearances. This will be his first RWC. at this year’s CRC 7s tournament, following a run to the finals in 2010. He has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing in 4 tournaments for the USA. Blaine has just graduated with a degree in History, and aims to play professional rugby overseas after the RWC. 6 He made his Eagle debut in 2011, and has 4 international appearances. This will be his first RWC.
  7. 7. Junior Sifa Hayden Smith CENTRE LOCK Height: 178 cm Height: 200 cm Weight: 95 kg Weight: 121 kg PLAYERS DOB: 24/03/1983 DOB: 10/04/1985 Club: Unattached Club: Saracens (England) Location: Nelson, Location: London, New Zealand England# of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of appearances for club: 34 Points scored: 5# of national team appearances: 7 # of national team appearances: 13National team debut: v Uruguay November 2008 National team debut: v Uruguay November 2008Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) Points scored national team: 0# of RWC tournaments played in: 0 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0Previous teams played for: Tasman Makos (NZ), Midleton (Ireland), Previous teams played for: Denver BarbariansNottingham (England) Hayden played basketball for Metropolitan State College of Den-Junior started playing rugby at 13 in Auckland, New Zealand. He ver, where he was also the captain and a scholarship holder. Inplayed in the NPC Division 2 final for Nelson Bays. Junior also played rugby he was named to the 2008 All-American team and thenin Ireland for Midleton, and recently completed a season with Not- played for the Denver Barbarians before signing a professionaltingham in England. After the RWC, he aims to further his rugby contract with Saracens in England. There Hayden helped Sara-career overseas. He made his Eagle debut in 2008, and has 7 inter- cens win the 2011 Premiership, and was named Aviva Commu-national appearances. This will be his first RWC. nity Player of the Season. Louis Stanfill Andrew FLANKER Suniula Height: 192 cm Weight: 112 kg CENTRE DOB: 30/05/1985 Height: 189 cm Club: Unattached Weight: 103 kg Location: Sacramento, DOB: 01/05/1982 California, Club: Chicago Griffins USA Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA# of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of appearances for club: 15 Points scored: 110# of national team appearances: 26 # of national team appearances: 9National team debut: v Canada May 2005 National team debut: v Japan November 2008Points scored national team: 15 (3 Tries) Points scored national team: 10 (2 Tries)# of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (4) # of RWC tournaments played in: 0Previous teams played for: University of California, Berkley, NYAC, Previous teams played for: Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League (Australia)Gentleman of Aspen, Olympic Club, Canberra Royals (Australia), Andrew played rugby league for the Manly Sea Eagles RugbyMogliano (Italy) League (NRL), before switching codes. He played in the NPCLouis began playing rugby as a freshman at Jesuit High School competition for Taranaki and is currently at the Chicago Griffinsin Sacramento. In his senior year, he led Jesuit to a national final RFC. Andrew has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series,appearance against eventual champions, Highland. Louis then competing in 2 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eaglewent on to play for the California Golden Bears, where he led the debut in 2008, and has 9 international appearances. This will besquad to five National Championship titles from 2004-2008. He his first RWC.has played rugby in Australia (Canberra Royals) and profession-ally in Italy at Mogliano. After the RWC, he aims to further hisrugby career overseas. He made his Eagle debut in 2005, andhas 26 international appearances. This will be his second RWC,having played in all four 2007 matches. 7
  8. 8. Roland Kevin Swiryn Suniula WING Height: 185 cm CENTRE Weight: 95 kgPLAYERS Height: 176 cm DOB: 16/12/1984 Weight: 93 kg Club: Sporting Union DOB: 17/12/1986 Agen (France) Club: Boston Rugby Location: Agen, France Location: ACT, Australia # of appearances for club: 3 Points scored: 5 # of appearances for club: 18 Points scored: 15 # of national team appearances: 8 # of national team appearances: 12 National team debut: v Ireland May 2009 National team debut: v Ireland May 2009 Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) Points scored national team: 30 (6 Tries) # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Previous teams played for: Northcote RFC (NZ), North Harbour (NZ), Previous teams played for: Old Puget Sound Beach (OPSB) Pearl City, Eastern Suburbs RFC (Australia) Kevin started playing rugby when he was 19 after the football pro- Roland started his rugby in New Zealand, playing for North Har- gram was cut by Saint Mary’s. He went on to captain the St. Mary’s bour and Northcote RFC. After moving to the United States he team as well as the All-American squad in 2008. Kevin is currently played for Pearl City, and was with Boston Rugby last season. playing professional rugby in France, finishing his first season at Roland has also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, com- Agen, playing in the Top 14 and the European Challenge Cup. His peting in 4 tournaments for the USA. He made his Eagle debut two-year contract expires after the 2011/2012 season. Kevin has in 2009, and has 8 international appearances. This will be his also played on the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing in 12 tour- first RWC. naments for the USA. He made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 12 international appearances. This will be his first RWC. Phillip Thiel HOOKER Tim Usasz Height: 180 cm Weight: 109 kg SCRUMHALF DOB: 29/10/1984 Height: 173 cm Club: Life University Weight: 82 kg Location: Atlanta, DOB: 21/06/1983 Georgia, Club: Nottingham USA (England) Location: Nottingham, England # of appearances for club: 42 Points scored: 40 # of national team appearances: 9 National team debut: v Uruguay November 2009 # of appearances for club: 91 Points scored: 50 Points scored national team: 0 # of national team appearances: 15 # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 National team debut: v Ireland May 2009 Points scored national team: 10 (2 Tries) Previous teams played for: Traverse Bay Alliance, Traverse Bay Blues RFC, Cenderford RFC # of RWC tournaments played in: 0 Previous teams played for: Eastern Suburbs (Australia), University of Phil was involved with football and wrestling during high school. Queensland (Australia) He then played rugby for the Traverse Bay Alliance, Traverse Bay Blues RFC and Cenderford RFC. Phil’s current club is Life Univer- Tim represented Australia at U-16, and then Queensland at the U-19 sity. He made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 9 international level. In 2010, he was selected to play on the prestigious Barbarians appearances. This will be his first RWC. select side. Before that, Tim gave up a career in corporate finance in 2007 to play professional rugby for Nottingham. Since then he has played four seasons in England, fast approaching 100 appearances. He made his Eagle debut in 2009, and has 15 international appear- ances. This will be his first RWC. 8
  9. 9. John van der Chris Wyles Giessen FULLBACK Height: 183 cm LOCK Weight: 93 kg PLAYERS Height: 198 cm DOB: 13/09/1983 Weight: 114 kg Club: Saracens (England) DOB: 06/05/1982 Location: London, Club: Unattached England Location: Boise, Idaho# of appearances for club: 0 Points scored: 0 # of appearances for club: 69 Points scored: 70# of national team appearances: 17 # of national team appearances: 23National team debut: v England Saxons June 2008 National team debut: v England Saxons May 2007Points scored national team: 5 (1 Try) Points scored national team: 28 (5 Tries / 1 DG)# of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (0) # of RWC tournaments played in: 2007 (4)Previous teams played for: University of Idaho Vandals, Gentleman Previous teams played for: Nottingham RFC (England),of Aspen, Denver Barbarians, Santa Barbara Grunions, University of Northampton (England)Queensland (Australia), Hawkes Bay (NZ), Sporting Club Albigeius Chris has played for the Nottingham RFC and the Northampton(France), Bath (England), Utah Warriors Saints in England. More recently Chris has been a standout forJohn captained the University of Idaho rugby team from 2004-2005 Saracens, winning the 2011 Premiership. He has also played onand a year later was selected for the Hawkes Bay in the NPC devel- the HSBC Sevens World Series, competing in 13 tournaments foropment side. He then played professional rugby at Alby in France the USA, often captaining the squad. He made his Eagle debutwith prop Mate Moeakiola, and recently with Bath in England for in 2007, and has 23 international appearances. This will be histhe 2010/2011 season. He made his Eagle debut in 2008, and has second RWC, having played in all four 2007 matches.17 international appearances. This will be his second RWC, havingbeen at the 2007 tournament. 9
  10. 10. Eddie Dave O’Sullivan Hodges HEAD COACH FORWARDSCOACHING & MANAGEMENT COACH Before taking over as Head Coach to the US Eagles in March Dave played professional rugby for Llanelli Scarlets in Wales, of 2009, Eddie was Head Coach to the Irish team for over six being named Player of the Year in 2002. For the Eagles he and a half years. As the longest serving Irish coach in history was capped 54 times, appearing in both the 1999 and 2003 he won 50 tests in that period. During that time Ireland won RWC’s. He also won four Pan American Championships and 3 Triple Crowns in a 4 year period and reached 3rd in the played for the USA 7s team from 1996-2000. On the coach- IRB rankings in 2003 and 2006, the highest every ranking for ing front, Dave was the Director of Rugby for the All American Ireland. He also served as Assistant Coach on the 2005 Li- program in 2005 and also the Director of Rugby for the Den- ons Tour to New Zealand. He played rugby for the Garryowen ver Barbarians. He is currently the Eagles Forwards Coach Club in Limerick, Munster, and also represented Ireland at and Performance Analyst. Dave instituted the first ever video “A” level. From 1997 – 1999 he worked as Assistant Coach share program for Rugby Super League 2010/2011 and for to the US Eagles and was also the Technical Director for USA the inaugural College Premier Division. He has also served as Rugby at that time. RWC 2011 will be Eddie’s 5th occasion to the Competition Manager for USA Sevens the last two years. participate as coach at a Rugby World Cup. Dan Matt Payne Sherman SPECIALIST BACKS COACH COACH Dan played for the Eagles in the Churchill Cup and RWC in Matt is a former Eagle, playing in the 2003 RWC, and has 7 2007. On the coaching front he was the Head Coach for the international appearances. The three-time All American from USA ‘A’ versus New Zealand Counties in 2009. Dan was the the University of California, Berkeley, returned to his alma Head Coach for San Diego State from 2006-2009 and is mater to be an Assistant Coach during 2007/2008. After currently the Director of Rugby at Life University. coaching the Olympic Club 7s team, Matt became the Assis- tant Coach in 2009 and the Head Coach in 2010 at San Diego State. He is currently the Stanford University Head Coach. Matt was the USA U-18 Head Coach in 2008, and since then been the Age Grade Director. He joined the Eagles coaching staff in 2009 as the Backs Coach. 10
  11. 11. Mike Chris Tolkin O’Brien DEFENSE COACH KICKING COACH COACHING & MANAGEMENTMike played rugby at the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) for 14 Chris played rugby and football for San Diego State, becom-years, and won National Championships with both the Eastern ing an All-American in both codes. He was a placekickerRFC and Eastern Collegiate All Stars. He has coached at Xavier for the football team and holds the school record for mostHigh School for 25 years (Winning 20 Northeastern Champion- consecutive field goals at 25, which was the second longestships and four National Championships) as well as NYAC for ten in the country at the time. Chris had NFL tryouts with the NYyears (Winning three National Championships). He coached the Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. Chris went onUSA U-19 program for eight tours and helped begin the program to play in 20 internationals for the Eagles from 1998-1994,in 1992. Mike was also the coach for the USA ‘A’ versus England scoring 144 points. He began coaching with Jack Clark atCounties, and has been with the Eagles since 2009. UC Berkeley in 1999 and was most recently the Head Coach at Stanford University. For the past two years he has been working with Sean O’Leary and the Notre Dame rugby pro- gram concentrating on the kicking game. Chris has been the Eagles kicking coach since 2010. David Tristan Williams Lewis STRENGTH & TEAM MANAGER CONDITIONINGDavid played for the USA Eagles from 2004-2007, gaining Tristan has served as the vice-president of USA Rugby from12 caps. He also played in the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s 1997-2000. He has been the Team Manager for the USAtournaments for the USA. David has his Masters in Applied Men’s 7s team during the 2005 RWC, as well as the 2009Exercise Science from Springfield College, MA. He as worked RWC with the USA Women’s 7s squad. Tristan is affiliatedas Strength & Conditioning Coach for USA Rugby, covering all with the Chicago Lions RFC, and was the Midwest RFC vice-Men’s National teams since 2005 and is the Skills and As- president, together with being the Competitions and Territorialsistant Coach for the USA 7s team. Administrator from 1996-2000. This will be his second RWC in an official capacity. 11
  12. 12. Kevin Jarrad Battle Griffiths ASSISTANT VIDEO ANALYSTCOACHING & MANAGEMENT MANAGER Kevin has coached the University of California Santa Barba- Jarrad played rugby for several clubs: UWIC RFC, Swansea ra for 12 years (Division 1 National Championship 2011); the Youth, Cardiff Blues Amateurs, West Wales, Wales Crawshay’s Southern California Collegiate All Stars for three years; the Youth selection and Llanelli Scarlets Academy. He obtained Southern California Senior Men All Stars for three years; and his Masters in Performance Analysis from UWIC. Jarrad has been the selector and manager for the All Americans since worked with Swansea City RFC, UWIC RFC, the Center for 2007. He has been the Manager of the USA 7s team for five Performance Analysis as well as the South Wales Scorpions tournaments on the HSBC 7s World Sevens and the 2009 7s Rugby League team. He joined the Eagles staff in 2011. RWC. Kevin founded the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy in 2009, America’s first full-time rugby academy. Dallen Michael Stanford Keating TEAM MEDIA PHYSIOTHERAPIST MANAGER Dallen played on the HSBC Sevens World Series for the USA Mike is a former athletic trainer for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2006-2009, competing in 13 tournaments. He has of the NHL. He owns the Impact Sports Performance Center since made a career in media - contributing to several rugby and is the current medical services coordinator for USA Rug- websites, and owns PakisCorner.com. Dallen is a member of by. He has held this position for five years, and has been on the Belmont Shore RFC, coaches youth rugby through ELITE several USA 7s and Eagles tours, including the 2007 RWC. Rugby Camp USA, and is one of the coaches for University of Texas Longhorn 7s program. He currently works for the Tackling Cancer Foundation. Dallen was the USA 7s Media Manager for the 2009 7s RWC and joined the Eagles in 2011 ahead of the RWC. 12
  13. 13. Alex Sarah Garibay Sall PHYSIOTHERAPIST MASSAGE COACHING & MANAGEMENT THERAPISTAlex has been an athletic trainer / physical therapist with USA Sarah has played rugby for Keystone, Atlantis USA SelectRugby since 2003, including the 2005 7s RWC and the 2007 7’s, Brandywine, the University of Delaware and has beenRWC. He has worked with the Chicago Lions RFC and is cur- Coach of the Henderson girls rugby team for 6 years. Sherently affiliated with the Naples Hammerheads RFC. Alex owns has worked with the USA Women’s U-19 squad, as well asand operates Activo Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Inc. some camps with the USA Women’s 7s team. Sarah has been heavily involved in the Men’s program in recent years, working with the Northeast Rugby Union 7s team as well as the touring Atlantis 7s side. On the national level, Sarah has worked with the USA Men’s 7s side and has been with the Eagles since 2007. Patrick David McNair Schneider TEAM DOCTOR TEAM DOCTORDr. Patrick McNair was born and raised in Southern California. David Schneider MD is a sports medicine fellowship trainedHe is an Orthopedic Surgeon, with dual fellowship training in orthopedic surgeon. He completed his residency at PennSports Medicine and traumatology. He worked as assistant State University and his fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Or-team physician for the Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks. thopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, serving as assistant teamCurrently he works with USA Rugby, local high schools, and physician at USC, and caring for the LA Dodgers, Lakers,soccer clubs.  Kings, Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks. He is an Assis- tant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado and is a physician-owner at OrthoColorado Hospital.  13
  14. 14. CONTACTDallen Stanford | USA Eagles 2011 RWC Media Manager | USA Rugbydstanford@usarugby.org | 027.506.6534 (NZ) | +1.512.565.5737 (USA) Follow USA Rugby on Facebook and Twitter (@usaeaglesrugby)

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