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The USA Rugby South continues its rivalry against Mexico Jan. 19th at Life University in the first round of the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) 15s championship.

The competition is single elimination. If the South beats Mexico, it advances to play the winner of Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. If it advances past the second round, it travels to The Bahamas in March. If the South keeps winning, it could wind up playing Cayman and Bermuda in May.

The South visited Mexico in Mexico City in 2011 in the same competition, losing narrowly with a squad consisting of mostly DII and DIII players. That team then went to Jamaica and won 55-6 in Kingston. In 2012, the South welcomed NACRA champion Bermuda to Life for a friendly, beating the visitors 36-33.

This time around, the South will be represented by a similar group of players, with an injection of DI talent from Life. The coaching staff is comprised solely of college coaches – David Conyers of Kennesaw State, Rene Daniel of Emory, Wes Darwin of South Alabama and Jody Hensley of Middle Tennessee State.

There’s more college flavor on the roster, too. Florida State coach Kirk Swanner will start at No. 8 and Florida Gator flyhalf Lucas Baistrocchi at No. 10. 2012 Atlantic Coast Rugby League co-player of the year Amir Khan is the starting outside center, former Davenport standout and current Life men’s team member Demecus Beach is on the travel squad and former Arkansas State and current Life wing Clint Whittler is in the starting lineup.





1
Scott Lucas Athens
2
Drew Ohmann Life
3
Matt Wade Renegades
4
Saadiq Ziyad Life
5
Stephen Hickey Augusta
6
Cathal Doyle Life
7
Derek Wolfe Nashville
8
Kirk Swanner Tallahassee
9
JD Price Renegades
10
Lucas Baistrocchi Florida
11
Clint Whittler Life
12
Jeff Reuther New Orleans
13
Amir Khan UNC
14
Ben Winiarczyk Auburn
15
Aaron Masterson Life






Bench
16
Saade Bou-Mikael New Orleans
17
David Bess Montgomery
18
Zach Simkins Life
19
Quincy Nuckols Renegades
20
Joe Moore Renegades
21
David Meehan Boca Raton
22
Jason Davila Life






In attendance
23
Ty Elkins Charlotte
24
Rodrigues Ceasar Renegades
25
Demecus Beach Life