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The big piece of news for Boston is the fact that newly-capped flanker John Quill is no longer with the club. After playing in Boston last season and using that as a springboard to the national team, Quill has returned to Ireland to play for his old club, Dolphin. Whether that switch sticks in the craw of Head Coach Mike Diamantopoulos, he won’t say. But he is singing the praises of flanker Liam Murphy, the former USA age-grade player who, along with Brennan Moore at No. 8, USA Maccabia selection Ray Fleser, and Welsh flanker Tom Ellis, anchors an imposing back row.
The Boston pack is slightly re-worked, and it’s a good one. Tony Purpura returns at prop while former Air Force football player Nate Terrazone adds power to the unit. Dave Prell is also part of an impressive front row.
In the backs, Sean Treacy (another former USA age-grader) and Mark Sutton combine at the halfback hinge, but that might change when Rich Lobe comes in from North Harbour.
Another Irish import, Marcus McAllister, has some pace and field vision, and is a good addition to the backs, which also includes former Boston University Terrier Colin Yip, and veterans Duran Vota, Terry Quick, and Glynn MacKenzie.
Boston is not flashy, but they will get the job done, and they do have enough overall pace to punish dumb mistakes. They are also fairly comfortable with being overlooked. In the East, they are mentioned only after you get done with NYAC, Life, and you get into talking about other league-leaders such as PAC, Buffalo, and Old Blue. But they might need to be mentioned earlier.
Yes West Point did beat Boston on March 2, but that game was treated as a
scrimmage by the Boston coaching staff. Subs were used liberally and it was
a training game. This weekend they face Middlesex in another warmup before
a third potential scrimmage followed by the Elite Cup opener against Life
That will be a tough game, but don’t forget that Boston won the New England regular league season with a 7-0 record. Allowing a paltry 35 points in those seven games. If, as Diamantopoulos hints, his team is better now, that’s a pretty good team.