RHINOS ANNOUNCE SQUAD FOR BERMUDA
The Rhinos squad has assembled in Bermuda ahead of this weekend’s series opener at the National Stadium Complex.
USA Eagle Mike Te’o is included in Head Coach Ryno Combrinck’s squad which is made up of highly experienced, as well as development players, selected primarily from the Rhinos U23 High-Performance Academy, Major League Rugby teams, and US colleges.
The forwards include a number of athletic players with Jacques Rabe of SAS 7s Rugby, cross-over football and rugby athlete Christian Holmes and Cyrille Cama, U20 USA Eagle and a Rhinos Academy and U23 HP program athlete, providing plenty of energy.
Irishman Conor Kindregan of the New England Free Jacks is a 6’4 forward who will pack down at the back of the scrum. The former Munster U20 player is joined by fellow Munsterman William Leonard, with Canadian international Oliver Nott, who has two caps for the Maple Leafs, and the England’s Westcliff RFC’s Jack Campey all included. Patrick Regan, currently attending UCLA, and the former Southern Kings player Luyolo Dapula will play alongside Tyler Fujimoto (Rhinos U23 HP Academy) and Zach Bonte (recent LifeWest graduate) in the forwards.
In the backs, USA Eagle Mike Te’o brings a huge amount of international experience from 7s and 15s and is likely to run in the centre. Seattle Seawolves Aaron Mathews, a former St. Mary’s College player, can also operate in the midfield.
Jack Casey of the Houston Sabercats Academy (MLR), and former Chicago Lions, will compete for the fly-half jersey with former University of Indiana player, Jacob Hidalgo. Nick Taylor of Seattle Seawolves and former Lindenwood University player, and South African Carl Meyer (NOLA Gold) are the utility players that can cover across the backline. NOLA Gold’s Julian Dominguez Widmer, Courtney Winnaar (former Southern Kings) and Eric Naposki (UCLA) are the wingers.
Ryno Combrinck, Rhinos Head Coach, is assisted by Rhinos Rugby Coach Justin Benn, Rhinos S&C Coach Eddie van Rooyen and player-coach Jurie Van Vuuren (Utah Warriors).
A National Development Program for USA Rugby, the Rhinos Rugby organization develops players from U8 to Pro (boys and girls, men and women) for rugby opportunities in college, USA national teams, MLR and international 15s, Sevens and Tens opportunities, through their Rhinos Rugby Academy, Rhinos Sports School and Arete7 Academy.
- William Leonard (Rugby United New York)
- Zach Bonte (Unattached)
- Jacques Rabe (SAS Rugby 7s)
- Christian Holmes (Heusenstamm Foxes)
- Conor Kindregan (New England Free Jacks)
- Courtney Winnaar (Unattached)
- Cyrille Cama (Rhinos U23 HP Academy)
- Carl Meyer (NOLA Gold)
- Jack Casey (Houston Sabercats Academy)
- Jacob Hidalgo (Unattached)
- Jake Campey (Westcliff RFC)
- Julian Dominguez Widmer (NOLA Gold)
- Luyolo Dapula (Unattached)
- Mike Te’o (Utah Warriors and USA Eagles)
- Nick Taylor (Seattle Seawolves)
- Oliver Nott (Canada National Senior Men’s)
- Patrick Regan (UCLA)
- Tyler Fujimoto (Rhinos U23 HP Academy)
- Eric Naposki (UCLA).