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The United States Men's 7s National Team is currently in its second high performance camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The camp began Wednesday and will conclude Tuesday. One more HP camp is scheduled ahead of selections for the World Series-opening Gold Coast 7s in October.  

15s head coach Mike Tolkin, U20s head man Billy Millard and 7s development director Alex Magleby have joined 7s coach Mike Friday and his staff at the OTC. 15 resident players and 16 non-residents are in attendance, with two off-site residency spots potentially on offer in Chula Vista. 

There are many changes from Friday's first high performance camps, with several new players making the trip and others involved last time not in the fold. Capped 7s Eagles Mike Palefau, Kevin Swiryn and Colin Hawley, along with St. Mary's and 7s All American standout Kingsley McGowan, were unavailable. 

Those who entered the last HP camp in July without a contract, but earned one, are Perry Baker, Tai Enosa and Pila Taufa. Pat Blair was under contract during the last camp, isn't now, and is in camp again. John Cullen, Rocco Mauer, Derek Lipscomb and Sean Rafferty are the only returning participants who don't hold a contract, indicating the coaching staff liked what they saw and want to see more. 

Some of those getting their first chance to play for Friday up close and personal are Miles Craigwell, Shalom Suniula and Peter Tiberio. All three Seattle Saracens are capped Eagles. Madison Hughes and Folau Niua, also Eagle vets, are in a Friday camp for the first time. Ben Pinkelman and Aladdin Schirmer, both age-grade National Team members, are also debuting for Friday. 

Cullen impressed Friday, assistant coach Chris Brown and Magleby at the last camp, and he appears to have an inside track on one of the remaining off-site residency contracts. So does Niua, who left the OTC to sign with the Guinness Pro 12's Glasgow Warriors. He just finished up playing in the Carlton 7s in Sri Lanka. 

Tiberio, Mauer, Craigwell and Suniula are prime candidates to potentially make a touring side via further HP camps throughout the season, even if they don't take contracts at the OTC. Suniula, and perhaps even Niua, will have his minutes watched closely, as he's become a bigger role player within the 15s setup. 

 

PlayerClub/StatusHeightWeight
Perry BakerOTC - Off site resident6-1180
Danny BarrettOTC - Off site resident6-3220
Garrett BenderOTC - Off site resident6-4220
Pat BlairSeattle Saracens6-1220
Miles CraigwellSeattle Saracens6-2215
John CullenSeattle Saracens6-5250
Andrew DurutaloOTC - Off site resident6-2245
Nick EdwaradsOTC - Off site resident6-2220
Tai EnosaOTC - Off site resident5-9190
Will HolderOTC - WCAP6-2210
Madison HughesDartmouth5-8170
Carlin IslesOTC - Off site resident5-8165
Ben LeatigagaOTC - WCAP6-0210
Derek LipscombOld Blue6-2225
Andrew LockeOTC - WCAP6-0180
Nese MalifaOTC - Off site resident5-10190
Rocco MauerSeattle Saracens6-1197
Folau NiuaAt-Large6-1197
Ben PinkelmanColorado State6-4205
Nu'u PunimataOTC - WCAP6-0210
Sean RaffertyLong Island6-1225
Aladdin SchirmerCentral Washington6-2220
Shalom SuniulaSeattle Saracens5-8193
Pila TaufaOTC - Off site resident6-3205
Mike Te'oOTC - Off site resident5-8205
Zack TestOTC - Off site resident6-3195
Peter TiberioSeattle Saracens6-2200
Stephen TomasinOTC - Local5-10200
Chris TuroriOTC - Local6-4225
Maka UnufeOTC - Off site resident6-2200
Michael ZieglerOTC - Off site resident6-4230