Christian Ostberg Signs With Aurillac

Congratulations to young American lock Christian Ostberg who has signed for the next two seasons with French ProD2 outfit Aurillac.

Ostberg has travelled a different route to most having come from Texas, his first taste of club rugby outside of the States came in Italy with Alghero before a mid season transfer to Chinnor in England.

Now given the opportunity to play pro rugby, Ostberg is sure to be one to watch in the coming years as he pushes for USA Eagles selection.

Speaking on the move to France Christian said “I can’t wait to get over there into the full time environment, that’s the dream and Aurillac seem like a great fit for me. Hopefully i’ll get a chance to push for first team selection, which i know will be tough but i’ll knuckle down and work as hard as i can to achieve that.”

Sam Windsor Signs With Worcester Warriors

A standout during the inaugural National Rugby Championship, Sam Windsor has signed with Championship heavyweights the Worcester Warriors.

The prolific point scorer however injured his shoulder in his debut for the club whilst scoring a try against Bristol after 20 minutes and has been ruled out of action for several weeks. Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan said “We are excited about what we have seen and we would like to see more of him. He’s going to be around and we will sort it out because he’s a really exciting prospect.”

We wish Sam all the best with his recovery and see a very exciting career ahead of him.

Andrew Cox Signs with DMP

Shute Shield veteran Andrew Cox has signed on with ambitious National 1 outfit Darlington Mowden Park.

Cox has signed a short term deal for the remainder of the season to bolster their backrow stocks and add considerable experience to their pack. Cox joins DMP after another strong season which saw him bring up his 100th first grade Shute Shield cap as skipper of the Parramatta Two Blues.

 

Hawke Signs For London Scottish

Former Gungahlin, UC Vikings and ACT Brumbies utility, Matt Hawke has signed on with English Championship outfit London Scottish for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

On the back of another strong season with the Gungahlin Eagles, Hawke then earned selection for the UC Vikings for the inaugural NRC. Hampered with injury early on, Hawke made an immediate impact in the final rounds of the NRC. His form has since continued after his move to London where he was on a months trial before earning a contract on the back of continued good performances.

 

Pettowa Paraka Signs Elite Development Contract with the Qld Reds

Damaging loosehead prop Pettowa Paraka has signed with the Queensland Reds for 2015.

Having played Australian schoolboys in 2011 and Australian Under 20s in 2012 and 2013, there is no questioning Pettowa’s pedigree. Joining the Reds in 2015 is just the next step to a very promising career.

The elite development squad will be overseen by Paul Carozza in his role as program coordinator and the addition of 2014 GPS title-winning coach Jason Gilmore of Anglican Church Grammer School, who will be the head coach of the program.

The Reds Elite Development squad is an initiative by Queensland Rugby designed to ensure the Reds retain the best talent the state has to offer. Those in the squad, which will train mostly with the Reds Under 20s and Wider Training Squad, are expected to be the next crop of Reds stars.

Head to redsrugby.com.au for the full article

Zach Fenoglio and Lemoto Filikitonga named for USA Eagles Select XV

The A-Team Sports young guns Lemoto Filikitonga and Zach Fenoglio have both been named in the 23 for the USA Eagles Select XV ahead of their clash with the Argentine Jaguars tomorrow in Canada as part of the Americas Rugby Championship.

For Fenoglio this is his third year involved with the Eagles and is looking to get plenty of game time in the lead up to the World Cup while for 21 year old Filikitonga this is his first taste of international honours having graduated from the USA Under 20s in 2013 and no doubt has a huge future ahead of him. At 111kgs and 185cm it’s only a matter of time before the young winger makes his mark on the international stage.

Christian Ostberg Signs with Alghero Rugby Club

USA under 20s and Life University second rower or number 8 Christian Ostberg has signed on for the 2014/15 season with Italian club Alghero Rugby.

Ostberg, who has an EU passport, was highly sort after with his giant 200cm and 114kg frame. The opportunity to experience rugby outside of America and in such a nice part of the world was to good to turn down for the 20 year old. The club is based on the island of Sardinia off the West Coast of Italy and plays in the mainland Serie B competition.

After coming from a basketball and American Football background, Ostberg made the switch to rugby towards the end of highschool where he has found the transfer of skills from his previous sports to be of great benefit. In a heavily forward dominant game in Italy we are sure that Christian will be able to really develop into a top class player and should be earmarked as a USA Eagles player of the future.

UJ Seuteni Signs With Toulon

Younger brother of fellow A-Team Sports athlete Chris, former Australian Under 20s and Queensland Reds star UJ Seuteni has signed with European giants Toulon.

First recruited by then Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie in 2012, UJ was signed as a 17 year old schoolboy prodigy. The mercurial playmaker  who can play 10, 12 or 15 was hampered by injury through the 2013 season and was unable to crack the match day 23. When the opportunity came up to join Toulon, UJ jumped at it; “To be joining Toulon is an opportunity too good to turn down, with the likes of Leigh Halfpenny, Matt Giteau, Fred Michelak and especially Johnny Wilkinson now as a coach there they have always been the type of player I have aspired to be so i’m just looking forward to picking up some pointers from them and knuckling down and working hard to contribute in the best way possible for the team”.

UJ will be joining, arguably, the worlds’ most talented and experienced playing roster and we look forward to seeing his career progress over the next couple of years in France.

Brice Sililo Signs With Hyeres Carqueiranne

Young French centre Brice Sililo has signed with Hyeres Carqueiranne for the 2014/15 season.

The talented and versatile back who can cover both centre and wing comes to RCHCC having spent the last two seasons with Le Parc in the ProD2 and Federal 1.

Still only 22, Brice is known for his hard running and hitting style of play and his experience in the ProD2,  whilst only 20 at the time shows he has enormous potential. He joins the highly ambitious RCHCC  who are coming off a strong 2013/14 season which saw them secure promotion to federal 1.

We wish Brice all the best for the season ahead.

Ben Cooper Signs With Coventry RFC

Young flyhalf Ben Cooper has signed on with National 1 powerhouse Coventry for the 2014/15 season.

The silky playmaker has had a strong couple of seasons which saw him earn back to back years with the Scotland under 20s. This last season also saw Ben play his club rugby at Boroughmuir in Scotland who were crowned champions and promoted to the RBS Premier 1 for next season.

When the opportunity came to join Coventry Ben jumped. “It was a chance to join a strong, ambitious club and I’m really looking forward to knuckling down and working hard to get a starting spot”.

We wish Ben all the best for the season ahead as Coventry push for promotion.