USA Men's National Team Head Coach has added four men to the Eagles coaching staff for 2011:
Fiore Screnci (Scrum Coach), Chris O’Brien (Kicking Coach), Kevin Battle (Assistant Manager) and Dallen Stanford (Eagles RWC Team Media Manager).
Fiore Screnci was born in Wilmington, Del., and turned his attention from football to rugby after moving to Italy, where he earned thirteen caps for the national side. Screnci then moved back to the United States and helped breathe success into the rugby programs at Greenwich High School and the White Plains RFC. He also coached the Northeast Rugby Union (NRU) Men and NRU Collegiate select sides for four years, and is currently the scrum coach at New York Athletic Club (NYAC), working alongside USA defensive coach Mike Tolkin who also head coaches at NYAC and Xavier HS.
Chris O’Brien is a former Eagle, who played for the Old Blue RFC, taking part in the 1991 RWC as well as the 1993 Sevens RWC. He coached at Stanford for several years, and worked with the Eagle kickers during last year’s Churchill Cup.
Kevin Battle has served numerous appointments within USA Rugby as coach (USA Falcons and USA Hawks), Manager and Selector for the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans, and team Manager for the Men’s Eagle Sevens during the IRB Sevens World Series and the 2009 Sevens RWC.
Dallen Stanford played on the Sevens World Series for the Eagles from 2006 to 2009, served as media contact for the Eagles in Dubai for the 2009 Sevens RWC and has actively been involved in rugby media for the past decade as a writer, online editor and blogger. Stanford will be the point of contact for the Eagles for all media requests through the end of the 2011 RWC.
The Eagles will travel to London, England, in June to compete in the 2011 Churchill Cup. The tournament takes place from June 4 to the 18. The Eagles will go up against Pool A opponents the England Saxons on June 4 and Tonga on June 8. Competing in Pool B are Canada, Italy ‘A’ and Russia, with the Eagles facing any one of these teams in the elimination match on June 18.