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Cannibals Look to Impress in Philadelphia

By Seti Matua 06/02/2017, 3:15pm MDT

Boys and girls Elite teams will play in the nations premier sevens competition

The Utah Cannibals Elite boys and girls teams have arrived in Philadelphia to vie for the Penn Mutual High School Sevens Championship. The event is considered the premier rugby sevens competition in the United States and draws some of the most polished and experienced teams from around the nation. 

In day one of the competition, the boys Cannibals team will contend for a right to the title against NJ Blaze, St. Augustine and West Chester Turks Head, the latter being a formidable local Pennsylvania team with a large and rabid rugby fan base. The Cannibals are led by a Senior class quartet who have been here before and are eager to end their Cannibals careers with CRC hardware. Herriman's Zak Barker is a large and volatile force to be reckoned with, while Beto Lui (West Valley) and Josh Howden (United) are no push-overs and will assist Barker from the front.

All American Bailey Wilson (United) has played a lot of rugby this season and looks to cap off another stellar season with CRC gold. He'll be joined by a young corps of skilled athletes eager to make their mark in Cannibals colors. William "Wei" Stanton is a well rounded athlete and his Genesis teammate Brooke Vaitohi knows his way around the pitch and is always around the ball. 

The Cannibals girls squad is led by cousins and All-Americans Charity Tenney and Kathryn Stowers, two seniors who have enjoyed immense success throughout their high school careers. They're joined by veteran spitfire center Maili Schaap and two relatively newcomers to the big stage with tremendous potential, Nafi FitisemanuFalelua Stowers and Emily Trunnell. The girls are pooled together with local favorites Kiski Rugby (PA)and perenial powerhouse Doylestown. The girls go into the competition with a lot of expectations on their shoulders but this group has played well together and have the skill, knowledge and firepower to win it all.

Utah Youth Rugby wishes our teams the best this weekend. You can view the games via live stream on the UYR Website.


Boys Cannibals
Bailey Wilson
Billy Tenney
Brooke Vaitohi
Robert "Beto" Lui
Eli Pulu
Josh Howden
Nolan Tuamoheloa
Taysan Hammer
William "Wei" Stanton
Wyatt Perry
Zak Barker

Girls Cannibals
Addison Horsley
Charity Tenney
Cheyenne Nielson
Emily Trunnell
Falelua Stowers
Gabriella Bezzant
Kathryn Stowers
Lewanda Aspinall
London Green
Maili Schaap
Nafanua Fitisemanu
Penina Faamausili

Utah Cannibals Boys Elite Roster for Rosslyn Park 7s

By Owen Power 02/16/2017, 8:45am MST

Utah Youth Rugby announces the Utah Cannibals Elite side to play in the World’s Largest and most prestigious youth 7s event in the world, the HSBC’s Rosslyn Park Sevens, in London England in March of 2017

Salt Lake City, UT – The last side from the United States of America to compete in the HSBC Rosslyn Park 7s was the High School All-Americans (“HSAA”) in 2014 where they played into the top 16 before bowing out of the Championship bracket.

The Utah Cannibals was established in 2010 as a pathway to showcase Utah’s top up and coming high school rugby players. Since 2010, the Utah Cannibals have placed more than a dozen players in the HSAA program and many more have transitioned to Collegiate Rugby as well as Collegiate Football.

After reviewing several youth 7s events around North America and the Globe, we felt that the Las Vegas Invitational, the CRC-HS 7s and the British Columbia 7s were the top events to focus on in North America. On the International stage, without question, it was the Rosslyn Park 7s. Any other overseas 7s event falls way short of the mark.”, stated Nu’u Punimata, former US Eagle 7s/ World Rugby Series member and Cannibals Staff Coach.

In 2015, the Utah Cannibals U16s side lifted the Champions Cup at the Victoria International 7s in Victoria, BC, the first U.S. side ever to do so. In 2016, the Utah Cannibals Open side lifted the Open Champions Cup at the Victoria 7s. The members of these Championship teams are now U19s and are the core of the squad going into the Rosslyn Park 7s in 2017.

We know the Cannibals will be tested at every stage of the tournament and that is the whole reason for playing. The Rosslyn Park 7s is the pinnacle of 7s Youth competition and we look forward to the challenge and experience gained from this.”, stated Rob Randell former US Eagle 15s/7s player and Cannibals Coach.

The Utah Cannibals are in the National Sevens Cup Division and have been drawn in Pool A alongside Brooksby Melton College (England), Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (Wales), Cranleigh School (England) and Tasker Milward School (Wales).

The Utah Cannibals Elite Boys team for the tournament is a balance of Seniors and Juniors which bodes well for a return tour to London in 2018. The team includes two HSAA players in Gabriel Mahuinga and Bailey Wilson.

Utah Cannibals Boys Elite – 2017 Rosslyn Park Sevens

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Height

Weight

Club

Kele'a

Araujo

Senior

5' 9"

180

United Rugby Club

Kaleikaumaka

Duke

Senior

6' 0"

190

United Rugby Club

Taysan

Hammer

Junior

6' 1"

155

Herriman HS Rugby

Patrick

Iongi

Junior

6' 0"

180

TC Fusion Rugby Club

Robert

Lui

Senior

5' 10"

195

 West Valley Warriors Rugby

Gabriel

Mahuinga

Senior

5' 9"

209

Herriman HS Rugby

William

Stanton

Junior

6' 3"

190

Genesis Rugby Club

William

Tenney III

Junior

5' 11"

230

United Rugby Club

Nolan

Tuamoheloa

Senior

6' 0"

187

Kau Toa Rugby Club

Niua

Tuita

Senior

5' 8"

155

Kau Toa Rugby Club

Brook

Vaitohi

Junior

6' 0"

210

Genesis Rugby Club

Bailey

Wilson

Junior

6' 4"

195

United Rugby Club

 

About Utah Youth Rugby:

The mission of Utah Youth Rugby is to foster an environment in which participation in the sport of Rugby enhances the life experiences of the youth athletes and families we serve regardless of race, religion, gender and socioeconomic status. Utah Youth Rugby, sanctioned by USA Rugby as a State Based Rugby Organization, was formed in 2010 to promote, serve, advocate, and organize youth rugby in the Great State of Utah. Since then we have grown from a handful of teams to over 60 High School and Youth teams for boys and girls of all ages. Our member clubs compete in 7s and 15s seasons throughout the year. Utah Youth Rugby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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  • By Owen Power 05/18/2016, 4:30pm MDT
  • The Utah Cannibals, Utah Youth Rugby’s High Performance Program, have been accepted to play in the World’s Largest and most prestigious youth 7s event in the world, the HSBC’s Rosslyn Park Sevens, in London England in March of 2017
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