American Raptors Travel to Colombia for Match With Tucanes

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For the second time in as many Novembers, the American Raptors are heading to South America.

The Raptors departed on Wednesday morning to Medellín, Colombia for a match against Tucanes Rugby – Colombia’s national rugby team –  at Rene Higuita Sports Complex at noon MT on Saturday, November 12.

Saturday’s match will be the sixth time the team has competed against a team from South America in the last 12 months. The Raptors competed in a scrimmage against Los Cuervos and two matches against Uruguay A in Montevideo, Uruguay last November, and hosted SLAR sides Penarol and Jaguares as a part of the Challenge Cup of the Americas at Infinity Park in June.

Following the match, the Raptors will head back to Glendale on Sunday, November 13.

Players:

  • Ethan Acton
  • Justin Barlow
  • Shawn Clark
  • Steve Cluley
  • Watson Filikitonga
  • Sione Finefeuiaki
  • Adagio Lopeti
  • Sosefo Mailangi
  • Ethan McVeigh
  • Ronan Murphy
  • Ma’ake Muti
  • Jeff Pelesuma
  • Aki Pulu
  • Caleb Repp
  • Lamarre Rey
  • Nolan Saraceni
  • Daytwon Sheridan
  • Jarrett Sitton
  • Tre Smalls
  • Seimou Smith
  • Tavius Sykora-Matthess
  • Payton Telea-Ilalio
  • Taniela Tupou
  • Mo Vainikolo

Staff: 

  • Mark Bullock – Director of Rugby
  • Peter Pasque – General Manager
  • Sarah Chobot – Head Coach
  • Brendan O’Meara – Associate Head Coach
  • Mose Timoteo – Assistant Coach
  • Jacob Nelson – Head Strength & Conditioning
  • LeeAnn Hewitt – Head Athletic Trainer
  • Scott Nies – Team Manager 
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