U23 Elite Academy

Glendale Merlins Rugby

Glendale’s U23 Elite Academy Team

Glendale’s U23 Elite Academy Team equips young men to take their rugby skills to the next level. The vision for USA rugby that began when Infinity Park opened was to create a rugby pathway on which aspiring athletes could develop, from elementary students learning the rules to the point where a rugby player is capable of playing college rugby and beyond. The U23 program is a crucial piece of that pathway. Athletes who are in their late teens are able to advance their games at an exceptional rate, especially if they have mentors to learn from and the challenge of playing against equally committed peers. The U23 team gives them just that. Coaches focus on developing complete well-rounded athletes by combining technical, tactical, physical, psychological, and nutritional education in a holistic way.

U23 Elite Academy Rugby Schedule

Glendale Merlins Rugby

Merlins U20 at Air Force Academy

104 - 0
U23 Rugby
 - Colorado Springs, CO

Merlins U20 vs Regis University

82 - 10
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U20 at University of New Mexico

78 - 8
U23 Rugby
 - Albuquerque, NM

Merlins U20 vs University of Denver

86 - 0
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U20 vs University of Colorado

116 - 3
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Stadium

Merlins U20 vs Colorado State

64 - 33
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U20 vs University of New Mexico

67 - 3
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U23 vs BYU

49 - 14
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U23 at St. Mary’s College

12 - 58
U23 Rugby
 - Moraga, CA

Merlins U23 vs Denver Barbarians

43 - 15
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Merlins U23 at University of Indiana

36 - 20
U23 Rugby
 - Bloomington, IN

Merlins U23 at Utah State

55 - 19
U23 Rugby
 - Logan, UT

Merlins U23 vs Chicago Westside Condors

43 - 20
U23 Rugby
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

U23 Elite Academy Roster

Glendale Rugby Players

U23 Roster

PlayerPositionAgeExperienceHeightWeight
Alec LeddyProp6-2250
Angel Indio Delmar Mendez IIIWing5-7161
Benjamin HirschmanBack5-10193
Cameron TibbettsHooker5-8185
Carlo de NysschenWing, Scrum half5-10185
Devin Gede Prabawa MenakaProp5-10265
Divan de NysschenWing----
Dylan CahillFlanker, Prop5-11225
Forrest HudsonWing, Full back5-11155
Isaiah Daniel PuryearWing, Center6-2178
Jack Merrill MillerBack row6-1200
Jacob Ty CarlsonScrum half5-8180
Joe Rusert-CuddyBack row6-2208
Joshua LyonsFly half6-1185
Korbin Daniel MillerWing, Full back6-0170
Lolenisi VeimauHooker, Back row5-9230
Maxwell DaceyLock6-7230
Mikaele KruseFly half-6-1210
Owen Joshuah HundtBack row6-2225
Patrick ConwayCenter, Back row5-11195
Ryan Lamar James Jr.Wing6-1175
Seldon FunakiLock6-3225
Siale Vaiika Maka JrCenter, Eight Man6-3225
Zachariah Kiernan RademacherCenter, Fly half6-1185
Zachary ChornProp6-1260
Ziggy TuaHooker6-0210
Dave Synnott

Dave Synnott

U23 Head Coach

Niku Kruger

Niku Kruger

U23 Academy Assistant Coach

John McGuire

John McGuire

U23 Academy Forwards Coach

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