D1A Rugby Player of the Week: Kevin Sullivan

D1A Rugby: D1A Rugby Player of the Week: Kevin Sullivan
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Cal began its PAC Rugby title defense with a resounding win over Arizona. The Golden Bears jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first half, but it wasn’t backline All-Americans Russell Webb and Anthony Salaber, or even highly regarded freshmen wing Sam Cusano who sparked Cal’s initial onslaught. Instead, it was prop Kevin Sullivan who needed less than 30 minutes to score himself at hat trick before adding a fourth try in the second half.

More often used as a reserve in previous years, Sullivan had been a key replacement for now-graduated All-American props George Vrame and Scott Walsh. Sitting atop the pecking order in the front row, Sullivan wasted little time in the 2017 season to show he can not only fill the boots of the departed All-Americans, but help continue the program’s tradition of carrying one of the country’s best front rows.

Prior to being a gridiron star on St. Ignatius College Preparatory School’s football team, Sullivan came up through San Francisco Golden Gate’s youth program beginning in 2007. Now the senior Political Science major readies for his second PAC Rugby Conference match of the season against No. 14 Utah Saturday, Jan. 28 in Berkeley, Calif.