D1A stars in pursuit of RugbyTown glory

D1A Rugby: D1A stars in pursuit of RugbyTown glory
Photo Credit: JD Black (left) & Steve Zomberg (right)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Some of D1A Rugby’s brightest stars from the 2015-16 season will be on display at the Aug. 26-28 Serevi RugbyTown 7s at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo.

A $10,000 cash prize for the winning team brings out some of the most talented rugby players America has to offer, while giving up-and-coming athletes their final taste of sevens before 15s takes over the calendar for most college and club sides.

This year’s group of D1A standouts competing at RugbyTown 7s includes over a half dozen Collegiate All-Americans like Alex Faison-Donahoe (Kutztown/Atlantis), Brady Gent (Davenport/Atlantis), Cody Melphy (Life/Glendale Raptors), Cameron Reed (Lindenwood/SoCal Griffins), John Sullivan (St. Bonaventure/Stars Rugby 7s), and Anthony Welmers (Davenport/All-Army Selects).

Two of the best all-around players at the 2016 Club 7s National Championships return to Colorado in Nick Feakes (Lindenwood) and Robert Stortz (Kutztown). Stortz and his arsenal of offloads will be running with Columbus, Ohio,-based Tiger Rugby a year after helping Atlantis to a Bowl Final victory over the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans at the 2015 RugbyTown 7s. Feakes is pulling double duty this week after playing in integral part in Lindenwood’s 5-0 run to a tournament victory at Red Bull Uni 7s. With one championship title already in hand, Feakes will show off his fancy footwork playing alongside Tiger, as well.

The majority of Men’s Eagles that represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games are on a rugby hiatus, but Colorado State flanker Ben Pinkelman is eager to get back to work with the reigning RugbyTown champions Denver 7s All-Stars. Pinkelman’s running mate with the Rams, Liam Wynne, will also attempt to emerge from the Denver 7s All-Stars’ deep and talented player pool to make the team’s 12-man roster.

The 2016 RugbyTown 7s runs from Friday, Aug. 26-28 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. and can be seen live on The Rugby Channel.