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TEAM FORCE ANNOUCEMENT
Birmingham, AL-
The United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) is pleased to announce that the 2013-2015 Team Force has been named.  All who participated in the tryouts competed at a very high level, giving it everything they had, making the final selections extremely difficult.  Thirty one players from all over the country came to Lakeshore Foundation, home of USA Wheelchair Rugby, for a three day tryout.  With the final selections being made, head coach Dave Ceruti says “It was a great camp, there were battles at every position, but in the end there’s no doubt we picked the twelve players to represent the USQRA and help develop the future of USA rugby.”  The players trying out completed seven different rugby specific skills tests and went head to head in scrimmages and competition. The USA Wheelchair Rugby head coach, James Gumbert, was a part of the selection committee, and said “selection of these athletes represents the future of wheelchair rugby in the United States.  Their tireless dedication and sacrifices will serve them well on their international journey.  We are very excited and eager to get to work with the team.”   The team consists of many athletes that are new  to the Force program, as well as a handful of veterans.  Team Force looks forward to working with all the new and raw talent as they develop a strong foundation and highly competitive team over the next couple of years.  Retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Harmon says “I look forward to building a team with people with different backgrounds.  There is no telling what the future holds, but look forward to it.”  An additional veteran player, Eric Ingram states, “I’m very proud to represent the team and build upon myself as a player and continue USA dominance in the world. 

 The team will have one more training camp in 2013 and tournaments and training camps throughout 2014.  Team Force is a developmental/pipeline program that feeds directly into the USA Wheelchair Rugby program.  For information on tryouts or the program, please contact Heather Campbell at hmcampbell21@gmail.com

TEAM FORCE:
Ronnie Adams, Brooks Bandits
Clayton Brackett, Lakeshore Demolition
Cj Brown, Texas Stampede
Kevin Crombie, Indy Brawlers
Lee Federette, NY Warriors
Nate Harmon, Shepherd Smash
Eric Ingram, TIRR Texans
Talbot Kennedy, Shepherd Smash
Cody Kingsland, Brooks Bandits
Ryan Kress, Tampa Generals
Josh O’Neill, Brooks Bandits
Brandon Summerville, Indy Brawlers

Alternates:
Mason Symons, Texas Stampede
Joe Testaverde, NY Warriors
Tim Vixay, Las Vegas Renegades
 

November 6, 2013 — 1:00pm