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Pair of Bonnies Attend Rugby Junior All-American Trials

Pair of Bonnies Attend Rugby Junior All-American Trials

St. Bonaventure rugby players Eamonn Matthews and Jaret Williamson were selected to participate in the AIG Men's Junior All-American Evaluation Camp this past weekend. Starting on Dec. 2, Matthews and Williamson travelled to Life University in Atlanta, Georgia alongside fifty-eight other athletes. In order to qualify for the U20 national team, players have to be under twenty-years old and exhibit outstanding rugby skills and efforts.

This evaluation camp session was the first of three that will be hosted this month, with the other two being hosted in California and Arizona. While not everyone will be selected to be a part of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay, each player will receive feedback from the head coaches to let them know how they can improve for future competitions. If Williamson or Matthews are selected, they will move forward to train at the developmental camps at the Olympic Training Centers.

"All I can say is I am blessed and grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to showing the coaches what I can do and to give St. Bonaventure University some more recognition," said Matthews, a sophomore scrum half for the Bonnies.

Matthews previosuly attended High School All-American camps coming out of Xavier High School in New York City.

Williamson, a freshman center from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, is humbled by the opportunity to advance his collegiate rugby career.

"I was honored to be chosen for this camp," Williamson said. "It was a great experience and learning opportunity to be coached by these highly qualified coaches for Eamonn and I. It gave me a greater understanding of how rugby is played at a higher level and I hope to bring some of this knowledge back to my team."