Your Rugby ATL roster to play NOLA Gold at The Airline on Shrine.
Atlanta, Ga. (February 15th, 2020). Head Coach and General Manager, Scott Lawrence, has announced several changes to his team that will travel to New Orleans to take on the league-leading NOLA Gold team.
Three players will start for the first time in what appears to be a strategic rotation of players. Jamie Ferrante will get the start at prop alongside hooker Alex Maughan. Stefan Willemse, a very influential substitute late in Rugby ATL’s 28 – 19 win over the Utah Warriors, will start at lock alongside Johan Momsen. Viliame Helu will pack down at blindside flank alongside Ross Deacon and Matt Heaton.
The backline remains unchanged, with Fly-Half Kurt Coleman looking to continue his inspiring comeback after 2 years away from the game. Rugby ATL will look to finish the match strong with the use of a bench stacked with 6 forwards, including internationals Chance Wenglewski and Conor Keys.
Eastern Conference rivals, NOLA Gold, are fresh off a 46 – 13 demolition of Old Glory D.C at home last week. This performance resulted in 3 of the squad being selected to the Major League Rugby MLR First XV in week 1 and #8 and USA International Cam Dolan, being recognized as a league Player of the Week for his 3 try performance.
NOLA comes into the match with a large amount of confidence but also an appreciation of a developing rivalry. “Atlanta is a new team but they are going to be a huge rival for us,” Nola Gold Head Coach Nathan Osborne said. “We understand the relationship between New Orleans and Atlanta in every other sport.”
Coach Scott Lawrence is very aware of the strength of the team and the importance of the match in the larger Eastern Conference standings. “NOLA put a very good team to the sword easily last weekend. We’ll need to be focused and accurate this coming Sunday,” said Coach Lawrence.
Rugby ATL fans based in Atlanta can join fellow fans from 5 pm EST at Pure Taqueria Inman Park or East Cobb Tavern, Roswell at “Official Rugby ATL Watch Parties.” The match will also be covered on CBS Sports and live-streamed on Major League Rugby Facebook page.
Rugby ATL Starting XV:
- Jamie Ferrante
- Alex Maughan
- Duane Aholelei
- Johan Momsen
- Stefan Willemse
- Vili Helu
- Matt Heaton
- Ross Deacon
- Duncan Van Schalkwyk
- Kurt Coleman
- Harley Wheeler
- Ryan Nell
- Jeremy Misailegalu
- Harley Davidson
- Rory Van Vugt
Substitutes: Amro Gouda, Chance Wenglewski, Cronan Gleeson, Conor Keys, Maciu Koroi, Kurtis Werner, Martini Talapusi, Jason Damm
Venue: The Airline on Shrine, aka The Gold Mine, New Orleans
Time: 6 pm EST
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