Rugby ATL Roster to play RUNY at 3 pm on Sunday, February 23rd
Atlanta, Ga (February 22, 2020). General Manager and Head Coach, Scott Lawrence, has announced his roster to take on Rugby United New York in a Major League Rugby match-up in Marietta, Ga, on Sunday afternoon.
The front-row changes once again with both #1 Chance Wenglewski and #3 Conor Gleeson, moving into the starting line-up after anchoring the bench in the 22-10 win against NOLA.
#4 Stefan Willemse will partner Canadian International, #5 Conor Keys, in the second-row. The back-row is completely overhauled with both #7 Harry Higgins (a player familiar to most of the New York squad) and #8 Bill Fukofuka making their debut’s for Rugby ATL. Stewart Title’s Player Ambassador, #6 Jason Damm gets the start after playing an impactful role as a late substitute in New Orleans.
The half-backs remain unchanged, with fly-half and #10, Kurt Coleman coming off a strong kicking performance in wet conditions. Sean Coughlan makes his MLR debut for Rugby ATL and will partner experienced #12, Ryan Nell, in mid-field.
Coach Lawrence has once again gone with a very experienced bench including previous starters Johan Momsen, Ross Deacon, and Harley Wheeler.
Eastern Conference team, RUNY, are 1 – 1 for the season but coming off a strong 49 – 31 win over the Austin Gilgronis. The win included stand-out performances from center Troy Lockyear (voted as Major League Rugby MVP of the Week), lock Nate Brackley, and flanker Kyle Sumsion (all selected for the MLR First XV Team of the week).
“What an opportunity to play against a team loaded with international stars and coaches. There will certainly be a number of aha moments for us as we continue to grow in our experience in this league,” said Coach Lawrence.
The match will be covered on NBC Affiliate, WATL (NATL), ESPN +, and live-streamed on Rugby ATL’s Facebook page (from 2.55 pm).
Rugby ATL Starting XV:
- Chance Wenglewski
- Alex Maughan
- Cronan Gleeson
- Stefan Willemse
- Conor Keys
- Jason Damm
- Harry Higgins
- Billy Fukofuka
- Duncan Van Schalkwyk
- Kurt Coleman
- Austin White
- Ryan Nell
- Sean Coughlan
- Zander Van Schalkwyk
- Rory Van Vugt
Substitutes: 16. Amro Gouda, 17. Jamie Ferrante, 18. Julian Montes, 19. Johan Momsen, 20. Ross Deacon, 21. Kurtis Werner, 22. Martini Talapusi, 23. Harley Wheeler
Venue: Rugby ATL Stadium at Life University’s Lupo Family Field, Marietta, Ga.
Time: 3 pm EST
Parking/Directions: Please be sure to review updated information on our website on Parking, Directions, and Tailgating.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at RugbyAtl.Rugby/Tickets
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