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Rutland rugby player selected to represent USA at Championship game

On Sept. 25 men's Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin announced the roster for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship and Rutland native Trevor Cassidy, was among the athletes selected.

The Championship will be hosted at Westhill Stadium at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford, British Columbia, Oct. 11-19.

The 15-man rugby tournament includes teams from the United States, Canada, Uruguay and Argentina and the players from each team are among the best in their countries.

26-years-old Trevor Cassidy, the son of Tim Cassidy of Rutland and Kathi Cassidy of Ira, has had the great fortune of traveling the world playing rugby. He has played for two club teams in New York and overseas to Australia and South Africa, where rugby is the national sport.

He currently is playing for Old Blue in NYC, where he works as a personal trainer to help pay the bills.

Cassidy first picked up the game when he was 14-years-old. By the time he was 18, he realized that rugby could propel him to a future beyond his local team. Cassidy's path, however, was not typical. He did not play rugby in college and hadn't ever been chosen for any age-grade select teams, until now. Still, he was ranked consistently among the nation's top rugby players, and now, being chosen for the USA select team, he has the chance to perform at this next level.

"Playing for my country is something I've been working toward since I was 18 years old," Cassidy said in an interview with Rugby Mag after being selected Player of the Week on Sept. 27 (rugbymag.com.) "I think the big thing I can bring to the USA Selects is my physicality," he said. "I really enjoy the physical part of the game," he continued.

In the past, Cassidy has mostly played the position of flanker, but for Old Blue he's been playing lock, and that may be his ticket to play at higher levels.