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2017 Kansas City Blues Rugby Club

Kansas City Blues Rugby at USA Rugby National Championship Series Round of Sixteen

Kansas City Blues Rugby Club
Head Coach

Markus Valovalo
Assistant Coaches
Brodie Orth, Joe D'Agostino, Dave Poirier, Erik Miller
Rachel King, Kyle Izard

Burke, Connor

Name: Connor Burke
Occupation: Waiting Staff at Kona Grill
Age: 23
Birthday: January 5, 1994
Ht/Wt: 6' 1" 205 lbs
Previous Clubs: Benedictine, UMKC
Position(s): 9 through 15
Rugby Achievements: 2014 Man of the Year at Benedictine, 2016 Back of the Year at UMKC.

Clarke, James

Name: James Clarke
Occupation: Tile
Ht/Wt: 6' 2", 210 lbs
Age: 25
Birthday: August 6, 1991
Previous Clubs: Jr. Blues, Alaska BoreTide Rugby, Lindenwood University
Position(s): Lock, Back Row
Rugby Achievements: Heart of America Selects , 3rd place finish at High School Nationals in '09, Receive a rugby Scholarship to Lindenwood.
Favorite Rugby Moment: High school Nationals in Pittsburgh. Best finish ever by the Jr. Blues.
Other: Feared, Loved , Respected

Concannon, Caleb

Name: Caleb Patrick Concannon
Age: 23
Birthday: January 6, 1994
Ht/Wt: 5' 10" 215 lbs
Previous Clubs: Jr. Blues, Mizzou, UMKC
Position(s): Prop, Flanker, Center
Rugby Achievements: 2U-17 all American, U-20 all American, Jr. Blues captain 2012, Heart of America captain 2012

Favorite Rugby Moment: High school Nationals in 2011 and 2012

Conrad, Grant

Name: Grant Conrad
Occupation: Music Producer at 825 Studios
Ht/Wt: 6'0" 230 lbs
Age: 24
Birthday: August 30, 1992
Previous Clubs: UCM Men's Rugby, Lee's Summit HS Rugby
First Year Playing Rugby: 2011
Position(s): Forwards
Rugby Achievements: President of UCM Rugby

Cummings, Casey

Name: Casey Cummings
Occupation: Tiler
Ht/Wt: 5'8" 185 lbs
Age: 26
Birthday: June 26, 1990
Previous Clubs: KC Jr Blues, Fraser Tech u21 (Hamilton, NZ), Southern Districts RFC (Brisbane, Aus).
First Year Playing Rugby: 2004
Position(s): 9 thorugh 15
Rugby Achievements: USA u17 (2007), USA u18 (2008)

Eftink, Jim

Name: Jim Eftink
Occupation: Attorney
Ht/Wt: 5'10" 195 lbs
Birthday: October 22, 1984
Previous Clubs: Saint Louis University RFC, St. Louis Ramblers RFC, University of Missouri RFC
First Year Playing Rugby: 2003
Position(s): Back row
Rugby Achievements: Captain of the Saint Louis University RFC in 2006-07; Voted MVP of Saint Louis University RFC in 2007
Favorite Rugby Moment: Scoring my first try with the Blues while playing my first game with the Blues in a league match

Ena, Oja

Name: Oja Ena Jr
Occupation: Driver/ Equipment Operator
Ht/Wt: 5'8" 195 lbs
Age: 25
Birthday: August 18, 1991
First Year Playing Rugby: 2011
Position(s): Wing, Fullback
Favorite Rugby Moment: Aspen Ruggerfest Tournament

George, Chris

Name: Chris George
Birthdate: 10/3/83
Nickname: Bubba
Occupation: home builder/re-modeler, real estate agent
Ht/Wt: 6'1" / 200lbs
Previous Clubs: St. Louis University Rugby Club
First Year Playing Rugby: 2002
Position(s): flanker/lock
Rugby Achievements: Collegiate Western Select Side 2005-2006
Favorite Rugby Moment: Beating the Austin Blacks in Austin to qualify for the D1 Sweet 16 in 2010
Other: I coached highschool rugby at my alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas from the program's inception in 2007, to 2011. The program has now established itself as one of the premier highschool rugby programs in the country with several appearances at Nationals and dozens of regional tournament victories. I am very proud to say I had a hand in starting such a successful program that has exposed the game of rugby to over 200 young men in its first 7 years.

Hartley, Eric

Name: Eirik Hartley
Nickname: Little North
Occupation: Graduate Student
Birthday: 4/17/1986
Ht/Wt: 1.82m 84kg
Previous Clubs: The Highschool(Ireland)
First Year Playing Rugby: 2007
Position(s): 10-15
Rugby Achievements: Tasmon Makos wider training squad, All Air Force VXs, All Military 7s, Norwegian National XVs
Favorite Rugby Moment: Recently being selected to represent Norway for the upcoming 2012 Viking Tri-Nations against Denmark and Sweden in London
Favorite Rugby Moment: Brendon Murphy is the worlds most interesting man, seriously read his bio.

Jackman, Steve

Name: Steve Jackman
Nickname: Old Man
Occupation: Rugby Dirtbag
Ht/Wt: 6'0"/220lbs
Previous Clubs: Club Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina); K-State/Ft Riley (KS USA); Atlantic Side Syndrome (Ft Gulick, Panama); Kansas Jayhawks ( KS USA); Banco Nacion (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Northern Virginia NOVA (VA, USA); Ft Benning Cruise-a-Matics ( GA, USA); Nuerenburg (Germany); All Army (USA); Kansas City (KS, USA); KC Blues (MO, USA); Santboyana (Barcelona, Spain); Perpignan 3rd side (Perpignan, France) Poble Nou Enginyers (Barcelona, Spain); Basel (Basel, Switzerland); Guadalajara Rhinos (Guadalajara, Mexico); Mexico City Wallabies (Mexico City, Mexico); The Willing (everywhere);
First Year Playing Rugby: 1978
Position(s): Prop/Hooker
Rugby Achievements: Still playing
Favorite Rugby Moment: the next game
Other: The older I get, the better I was...

Mascary, Moravia

Name: Moravia Pacome Mascary
Occupation: Direct Support Professional
Ht/Wt: 6'0" 208
Age: 27
Birthday: March 2, 1989
Previous Clubs: Gorillahead Rugby, Boston 13s Rugby League , Vegas Selects, Atavus
First Year Playing Rugby: 2014
Position(s): Lock, Flanker, Center Wing, Fullback
Favorite Rugby Moment: Scoring at the Heart of American regional qualifier.
Other: "For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother" R.I.P Patty

Orth, Brodie

Name: Brodie Orth
Occupation: Professional Rugby Player
Ht/Wt: 6'5" 247 lbs
Age: 34
Birthday: August 11, 1982
Previous Clubs: Parkhill HS, Northland RFC, Tawa RFC (NZ) , Denver Stampede , USA Eagles
First Year Playing Rugby: 1998
Position(s): Lock, Number 8
Favorite Rugby Moment: Tie between playing alongside my brother, Ben, and receiving Man of the Match honors vs Argentina in 1st international test.
Other: During the national anthem at a large match, I looked into the stands and saw my parents, family, and friends and cried my eyes out. Its been a hard road, but id take it again anyday.

Potchad, Matt

Name: Matthew A Potchad
Nickname: Potch
Occupation: Logistics
Ht/Wt: 6'6" 275 lbs
Previous Clubs: Chicago Lions, College Rifles Auckland, KSU / Ft Rielly
First Year Playing Rugby: 2003
Position(s): lock, prop, 8, wing
Favorite Rugby Moment: 2004 Dream Team

Powelson, Kameron

Name: Kameron Powelson
Occupation: Nursing Student
Age: 25
Birthday: August 8, 1991
Ht/Wt: 6'1" 220 lbs
Previous Clubs: UMKC
First Year Playing Rugby: 2012
Position(s): Lock, Flanker, Center

Rice, Jordan

Name: Jordan Rice
Occupation: Educator
Ht/Wt: 5'7" 185 lbs
Age: 22
Birthday: April 9, 1994
Previous Clubs: Palos Verdes High School Rugby Club, Palos Verdes Old Boys, Azusa Pacific University Rugby Club, Belmont Shore Rugby Club
First Year Playing Rugby: 2011
Position(s): Scrum Half, Fly Half, Hooker, Wing, Full Back
Favorite Rugby Moment: The week my grandfather died I dedicated my next rugby match to him. I played my heart our where I scored two tries, made 6 conversions, and even had a drop goal. We won the game and I had the most points scored in a single match in my league that season.
Other: Teaching people on and off the field respect.

Schwartze, Kevin

Name: Kevin Schwartze
Nickname: Schwartzey
Birthday: 11/02/1987
Occupation: Laboratory Technician
Ht/Wt: 6'5" 215lbs
Previous Clubs: KC Jr Blues
First Year Playing Rugby: 2005
Position(s): Lock (high school), Wing, Fullback
Rugby Achievements: Invited to Participate with Western 7s All-Stars (2012)
Favorite Rugby Moment: Winning the KC 7s Qualifier

Scott, Kenny

Name: Kenny Scott
Birthday: July 25, 1989
Occupation: Medical Device Sales
Ht/Wt: 6'4" 210 lbs
Previous Clubs: Kansas state/ft Riley RFC, Denver Elite 7's All-Stars, USA hawks 7's, Atlantis 7's, Dallas All-Stars, West 7's All-Stars.
First Year Playing Rugby: 2007
Position(s): Lock (high school), Wing, Fullback
Rugby Achievements:Denver elite 7's all-stars - serevi championship , USA hawks 7's, Atlantis 7's Cuba-Tobago-Vegas x2, Dallas All-Stars, West 7's All-Stars x 2, 2x 7's player of the year, 2016 2nd place finish 7s Club Nationals.
-3rd place finish 2014
Favorite Rugby Moment: Winning the KC 7s Qualifier

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