After the RugbyTown Crossover Academy put on a successful November camp, Glendale announced the next step for the program on Friday afternoon.
The Colorado XOs will take the pitch in 2021 in what will serve as a unique experiment for American rugby. The XOs are a team composed primarily of professional football and basketball players that are interested in learning the game of rugby.
The ultimate goal, according to the release is to inject elite athletes into the United States player pool.
“The idea behind it all is to inject the national player pool with elite athletes and untapped talent and ultimately help the United States win the Rugby World Cup,” the release states.
The team assembled at the beginning of January and will train and compete through May 2021. According to the release, schedules and the complete roster are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.
Introducing the 2021 Colorado XOs!
— RugbyTown National Training Center (@RugbyTownNTC) January 22, 2021
The XOs announced thus far include:
Kaleb Geiger – Concordia University, Nebraska – Football, Baseball
Garrald McDowell – University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Football
Dan Stone – Notre Dame – Soccer, Track & Field
Addie Brown – Adams State – Football, Basketball, Track
Ricky Haley – Alabama State – Football
Malik Bryant – Florida International – Rugby
Daytwon Sheridan – John Jay High School – Football
Tani Tupou – Washington – Football
DaQuan Patton – Kansas State – Football
Chase Stehling – Western Carolina – Football, Track & Field
Shawn Clark – Monmouth – Football
Casey McDermott-Vai – TCU – Football
DJ Stewart – Rhode Island – Football, USA Bobsled
Cameron Marshall – North Carolina State – Football
Line Latu – Eastern Michigan – Football
Tre’ Smalls – North Carolina A&T – Football
Vincent Boumann – Western Oregon – Basketball
Gelen Robinson – Purdue – Football, Wrestling, Track
Kyle Abrom – Midland – Football
Michael Bandy – University of San Diego – Football
Darryl Tolson – Dabney S. Lancaster Community College – Football
Jarrell Patterson – Lancaster High School – Football
Rykeem Yates – Nevada – Football
Jordan Talley – Nicholls State – Football