Aaron Earlywine helped lead his high school team to two consecutive New Jersey State Championship titles through his tenacious play. For him, rugby symbolized something much larger than just him or his team. An aspiring author, Aaron has already made an impact on the Villanova University rugby team....Read more about Aaron Earlywine.
Brandon Holmes experienced
a complete metamorphosis after being introduced to the game. His high rugby IQ
and physical talents led to his selection to the Rugby South All –Star program.
His career goals are to become a successful International Management
Consultant......Read more about Brandon Holmes.
Grace Jacobsen started
her rugby career playing with boys older than her. Wanting to impart her rugby
wisdom on girls in her area, she created the Capital High School Girls Rugby
program. She led her team to four state championships. Her commitment to and
gratitude for the game set her apart from most.....Read more about Grace Jacobsen.
Griffin Moeser transformed
from a football standout to a rugby one man wrecking crew. Standing at 6’5”,
225 lbs., he has helped move the Boise State University program forward.
Choosing rugby is one of Griffin’s best decisions....Read more about Griffin Moeser.
Hannah Sample has
mastered several positions during her short rugby career thus far. The impact
she has made at West Chester University, both on the field and off, has been
tremendous to preserving longevity in that rugby program. She is very driven to
success.....Read more about Hannah Sample.
Ian Crilly is
no stranger to the blows of discrimination while living in a foreign land. He
prevailed, due in part to rugby, with a great attitude while leading by
example. As a result of a serious injury, he was influenced to major in
biomedical engineering at University of Arizona. He has his eye set on the
pinnacle of rugby down the road.....Read more about Ian Crilly.
Nick Yostel’s initial
view of rugby players was that they were “strange." But over time, he did
succumb to rugby fever, and once he did, he never looked back. After graduating
high school with a 3.7 GPA, he entered the Masters of Occupational Therapy
Program at Xavier University....Read more about Nick Yostel.
an engineering major at Clemson, studied abroad and played rugby in Uruguay
during his junior year in high school. He is an accomplished 15s and 7s player,
having received recognition as Most Valuable Back and Pennsylvania All-State
honors. Owen’s philanthropic and selfless nature has prompted a positive change
in the Clemson culture.....Read more about Owen Skonecki.
Sam Ciancutti lost 100 pounds after he discovered rugby. He gained a new sense
of identity and confidence very quickly and captained his team for three
consecutive years. Sam is committed to helping others, as he aspires to develop
a method of physical conditioning that would drive quality and longevity for
others....Read more about Sam Ciancutti.
Steven Branham has made a tremendous
impact on the rugby scene both domestically and internationally, leading the
High School All Americans squad as captain in 2014 and being selected to the All-Tournament
Team at the conclusion of the Four Nations Tournament. He inspires his
teammates with his demonstration of great humility, courage, and respect. As he
says, “there is no greater therapy than running around until my lungs burn
and scream for air.”....Read more about Steven Branham.
The USRF would like to congratulate its 2015 recipients of the Kevin Higgins College Scholarships and thank all those who applied.