Local Ruggers Head Overseas To Play
Former Xavier High School teammates and Breezy Point residents, Sean Carley (St. Mary’s College of Ca.) and Patrick Coleman (UC Berkeley), have been invited to play with the USA Junior All American Under-20 Rugby team.
The Men’s Junior All-American Under-20s (JAAs) squad has been selected for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy (JWRT) tournament to be played in Tbilisi, Georgia (in what has been known as ‘the former Soviet Union’) this summer. The JAA squad consists of mostly collegiate players and will take on opponents Samoa, Russia and Uruguay.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound Carley is currently finishing his freshman year at St. Mary’s. He was a starter at Xavier High School since his freshman year there. He was MVP of the Metropolitan New York All Star Club in 2009 and was selected to the High School All American Team before blowing his knee out in his senior year of football. Carley has bounced back from multiple knee surgeries as well as a broken leg all within the past year.
Coleman is ending his freshman year playing at the University of California-Berkeley. The 6-foot-4- inch, 250-pound player is currently teammates with sophomore Seamus Kelly, a Breezy Point resident who was a former Xavier football and rugby star.
The JWRT kicks off on May 24 and concludes on June 5. Members of the squad will be overseas for five weeks, including a stop in London to play the London Exiles as a pre-tournament warm-up.
The United States is in Pool A, which includes Samoa, Russia and Uruguay.
The selection process was intense and included multiple assemblies throughout the year, with only 28 players selected for the final squad.