BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Falcons, a Men’s Eagles Sevens developmental side, recently left for South America to compete in two international tournaments, and three D1A Rugby players have been selected to the squad.
Coach Andrew Locke, a former West Point standout and World Class Athlete Program resident at the Olympic Training Center, will lead 12 of the brightest up-and-coming sevens players, which includes Kutztown’s Alex Faison-Donahoe, Wheeling Jesuit’s Peter Malcolm, and Davenport’s Anthony Welmers.
The tour begins in Argentina, where the Falcons will attempt to claim the top prize at Seven de Mar del Plata Jan. 9-10. From there, the team will head east to compete at Seven de Viña del Mar in Chile Jan. 16-17.
With eight more HSBC World Series tournament stops left for the Eagles ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Head Coach Mike Friday and his staff are continuously looking to build the depth of players capable of playing sevens at an international level. This tour will give Faison-Donahoe, Malcolm, and Welmers the opportunity to prove they are worthy for a World Series – or even an Olympic – call-up.
“I anticipate these guys are extremely hungry,” said Locke. “As the new year strikes 2016, we all know what looms eight months from now. If you need more motivation than that, then you shouldn’t be with our setup.”
For additional information on the South America tour, as well as a look at the entire roster, visit USARugby.org.