Halloween 7s: Dressed Up and Ready

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HALLOWSEVE7Sv9PHILADELPHIA, PA – Saturday will see the Halloween 7s kick off in St. Petersburg, FL.  The tournament is offering $10,000 in prize money and serving as a warm-up to the HSBC 7s series for the USA, Canada, and Argentina.

For US fans, this is a chance to start looking toward Rio and to focus on a men’s national side that is competitive with the world’s best.

For the Halloween 7s, Mike Friday and USA Rugby are sending two teams, the Hawks and the Falcons, while Canada and Argentina are each sending a squad.  The rest of the field is made up of Ohio 7s, Rugby Utah, New York City 7s, and Denver 7s.

For those heading to Al Lang Stadium in person, the Fan Fest starts at 11:30 with a Rugby World Cup Finals viewing party at 12:00.  Play begins at 1:00 while the live stream starts at 2:55.

For US viewers, the stream will be on USA Rugby TV.  Commentary on the stream will be provided by Al Caravelli, Dan Power, Chad Erskine, and Tatum Walker.  Those outside the US can watch on eversport.

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The two big matches on Saturday will be USA Falcons v Argentina at 4:51 and USA Hawks v Canada Maple Leafs at 5:40.

The Hawks, with Madison Hughes, Carlin Isles, Perry Baker, and Maka Unufe must be the favorites.  Canada are also bringing a strong squad, but if last year’s form holds, it won’t be strong or – more accurately – speedy enough to beat the Hawks.  Argentina also have many experienced and likely first-choice players on its squad – 7 of the Halloween 7s squad also played in London last spring.

With Will Holder, Andrew Durutalo, and Kevin Swiryn, the Falcons squad is not all shiny and new, but there is plenty of youth.  Alex Faison-Donahoe is still at Kutztown University and will be hoping to impress.  ConRoy Smith will offer plenty of pace.

Andrew Durutalo is part of the Falcons squad, but the rest of the 7s players from the 15s World Cup are missing.  No Danny Barrett, Zach Test, Brett Thompson, or Folau Nuia.  It will be interesting to see when those players are back in the mix for Mike Friday.  The HSBC series starts December 4-5 in Dubai.

Karyne Bazzano, the force behind American Rugby 7s and this tournament, says that the tournament will be profitable.

It is important to point out that “professional rugby” in America is not something that will just appear fully formed.  A tournament like this, offering fans high-level rugby and athletes high-level competition is, in many respects, professional rugby.  There is still a long way to go before players and staff are compensated equal to the work they are putting in, but a successful Halloween 7s is another brick in the road in the right direction.

Rosters for the squads are below. Before checking them out, watch this report from Rugby Wrap Up’s Johnathan Wicklow Barberie on the scene in England.

Rosters

USA FalconsUSA Falcons

  • Colton Cariaga
  • Alex Faison-Donahoe
  • Seth Halliman
  • Tua Leai
  • Will Holder
  • Peter Malcolm
  • Ben Pinkelman
  • ConRoy Smith
  • Joey Sok
  • Kevin Swiryn
  • Andrew Durutalo
  • Alex Elkins

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  • Matai Leuta
  • Pat Blair
  • Ben Leatigaga
  • Garrett Bender
  • Peter Tiberio
  • Maka Unufe
  • Carlin Isles
  • Nick Edwards
  • Nate Auspurger
  • Madison Hughes
  • Perry Baker
  • Martin Iosefo

ArgentinaArgentina 7s

  • Santiago Alvarez
  • Renzo Barbier
  • Sebastian Cancelliere
  • Rodrigo Etchart
  • Bautista Ezcurra
  • Fernando Luna
  • Nicolas Menendez
  • Axel Muller
  • Gaston Revol
  • Joaquin Riera
  • Franco Sabato
  • German Schulz

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  • Admir Cejvanovic
  • Nanyak Dala
  • Justin Douglas
  • Sean Duke
  • Mike Fuailefau
  • Lucas Hammond
  • Nathan Hirayama
  • Pat Kay
  • Phil Mack
  • John Moonlight
  • Conor Trainor
  • Adam Zaruba
  • HC: Liam Middleton

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  • Celester Asuega (New Mexico Highlands)
  • Logan Collins (Denver Barbarians)
  • Max de Achaval (Denver Barbarians)
  • Walt Elder (Kansas City Blues)
  • Ryan Hartnett (Omaha Goats)
  • Kyle Hitt (Denver Barbarians)
  • Bobby Impson (Denver Barbarians)
  • Kelly Mercer (Kansas City Blues)
  • Jeremy Misailegalu (New Mexico Highlands)
  • Gannon Moore (Kansas City Blues)
  • Kenny Scott (Kansas City Blues)
  • Kevon Williams (New Mexico Highlands)

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  • Robbie Ah Sue (Park City-Haggis)
  • Josh Anderson (BYU)
  • Austin Griffin (Olympic Development Academy)
  • Meiohihifo Kuli (Mana)
  • Tonata Lauti (Mana)
  • Ben Nichols (Olympic Development Academy)
  • Joseph Nichols (BYU)
  • Jason Pye (Olympic Development Academy)
  • Kevin Schofield (BYU)
  • Will Taylor (Olympic Development Academy)
  • Josh Whippy (BYU)
  • Jared Whippy (BYU)

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  • Akinola Raymond
  • Dylan Carrion
  • Eric Duechle
  • Chris Frazier
  • Pono Haitsuka
  • Harry Higgins
  • Rick Kirkland
  • Ryan Matyas
  • Sean Rafferty
  • Alex Schwarz
  • Mike St. Claire
  • Connor Wallace-Sims

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  • Taylor Howden
  • Luke Markovich
  • Ryan Cochran
  • Matt Hughston
  • Aaron Davis
  • Dominic Mauer
  • Kelly Kolberg
  • Chad Joseph
  • Shawn Riley
  • Pila Hui Hui
  • Rocco Mauer
  • Allan Hanson

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Jake Frechette lives outside of Philly, where he is engrossed enough in rugby that he sometimes forgets that when he talks about the Eagles, most people assume he means the NFL flock. He once played both tight head and inside center in the same game, which shows that he is strong, handsome and has nice hair. One of the things he finds most enjoyable in the rugby world is that Andrew Hore is a Hooker and he can't wait until his sons are old enough to giggle at that one with him.

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