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Tiger Rugby heads to Mexico this weekend to compete in Cancun 7s. They’ll be taking a 10-player men’s squad, with several familiar faces, including two players who were contracted at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. last season, Mikey Te’o and Mike Zeigler.
Coming out of retirement for the tour is former Eagle and longtime Tiger Dallen Stanford. Taylor Howden will captain the side, and Ryan Cochran of 1823 origin will make his Tiger debut.
Returning for his third Tiger tour is Don Pati, who has been busy graduating from Utah and getting married in recent months. He went with Tiger to Melrose 7s in the spring and impressed, and he's looking to start a pro rugby career, whether domestically with the 7s National Team or overseas.
“He’s an unbelievable talent,” Tiger coach James Walker said of Pati.
So is Perry Baker, who stood out recently playing for Columbus, Ohio at the Elite City 7s. The former Philadelphia Eagles signee and Arena Football League wide receiver is knocking as loud as he can on the OTC door, scoring tries at every opportunity. He spent the last year in Tiger’s full-time training academy in Columbus.
“I like Perry a lot. I acknowledge that he’s got a lot to work on,” said Walker, “but as far as an out-and-out try scoring threat, there’s not many in this country that can match him for that.”
Also making an appearance is former Arkansas State All American Dean Gericke. He's been out of the spotlight since Club 7s Nationals last summer, when WE Rugby flamed out. But he is a very talented player, currently based in Dallas, and looking to get back on a National Team pathway.