PAC-12 SEVENS CROWN ON THE LINE IN BERKELEY
Jacob Broselle makes the PAC-12 roster after a strong weekend at the West Coast Sevens last month. (Photo credits: Brandon Nowak
Nov 4- Arizona is set for the national television spotlight of the weekend with a 14-man squad that will look to claim a PAC-12 Sevens Championship. The Wildcats have named a full-strength side after using last month's West Coast Sevens to evaluate players, including a number of first-year Wildcats that have impressed enough to make the trip to Berkeley this weekend.
The squad will be led by Captain Jon Rogers, with the dynamic speedster helping set the tone and gunning for the program's second PAC-12 title. Alongside Rogers is a group of four other Seniors, with All PAC-12 Wing Kyle Fulton returning for his first Sevens action of the season. The balanced squad features a bit of youth that impressed in San Luis Obispo, led by Center Mattox King who has emerged as a weapon for the Wildcats in year one.
This will be the first PAC-12 event since Fall 2019, when Cal took home the Sevens crown defeating Arizona in the Cup Final. Cal and Arizona have faced off in the Cup Final each of the past three seasons of the event, with the Wildcats defeating the Bears in 2017. To do the same against Cal or any other Pool A opponents, the team knows they will need to go one game at a time and work as a unit. "Huge opportunity for these 14 and the toughest selection we've had in my time here at Arizona. It speaks to not only the growth of the athletes and program but also the game in the US and what better way to showcase this then PAC-12 Network. Huge thanks to the team there for partnering with us on this return to Rugby" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy.
Player to Watch: Lucas Agasse
The Wildcats' French connection in recent years begins with the standout Flyhalf who has continued to impress. "Lucas does a lot of little things that you really need, makes good reads, and flashes in the restart game to give you quite a package. One of our most consistent and fit guys and just sets a great tone and example for our youngsters. Our French boys have adjusted well and having a guy like Lucas there to mentor them has been a huge help" said Duffy.
Arizona slots in to Pool B and will face all three teams on day one starting with Oregon State (11:45 AM) and Stanford (1:15 PM) followed by UCLA (2:45 PM). Match times Sunday will be dependent on Saturday's results, with all matches being broadcast live on PAC-12 Network.