Team Roster of the UConn Men’s Rugby Club

Coaches of the UCONN Rugby Team

Coach Robert MerolaCoach Merola began his rugby playing career at the University of Connecticut and now returns full circle as Head Coach. After graduating from UConn he joined the Hartford Wanderers Men’s Club where he held various team positions such President/Treasure/Captain and Coach until through the mid-90s. As player he was also selected to New England Rugby Union (NERFU) and NERFU Northeast All Stars teams.

Coach Merola started his collegiate coaching career at Trinity College Hartford (1995-2015) during which he organized and coordinated three international tours to England/Wales (1998) and Ireland (2001, 2005).

Coach is a USA Rugby Certified Level 200 Coach which includes safety and health training (concussion recognition/treatment), practice and game skills planning. He is also CPR certified and active member New England Rugby Referee Society.

Additional Coaching duties include Head Rugby Coach for Connecticut High School U-19 All Star Team (2010-2013) and currently Assistant CT U19 Coach.

Mark ColebrookWorcester RFC 1979-1981 Charter Member.  I played Flanker.

Hartford Wanderers RFC 1981-2000  I played Flanker & #8.

HWRFC President 1997-1999

New England Rugby Referees Society 2000-Present, Attained B3 Grade

I’m currently a member of the Worcester Old Boys and the Wanderers and play as time and body permits.

As far as coaching goes, this is my first experience coaching rugby.  I have coached Basketball and Lacrosse at the youth level.  I feel honored to be working with Coach Merola and the student athletes at UConn.  I’m currently working on my level 1 coaching certification and should have that in hand in the next couple weeks.

Coach Mike KosillaPlayed lock for Southern CT State University, New Haven Old Black and the Connecticut Grey RFC from 1981-2005.  Toured in Scotland, Ireland, Barbados.

Players of the UCONN Rugby Team

Alex Bauer (Scrum Half)

Alex Bauer Uconn Rugby

Alexander Sawyer (Fullback)

Alexander Sawyer Uconn Rugby

Austin Toback (Hooker, Center, Flanker)

Austin Toback Uconn Rugby

Alex Moreira

alex moreira

Ben Kloter

ben kloter

Dan Reichler (Wing, Fullback)

Chris Olsen

chris olsen

Francisco Ahumada (Prop, Flanker)

Francisco Ahumada Uconn Rugby

Connor Maul

connor maul

Jacob Burte (Fly Half, Wing)

Jacob Burte Uconn Rugby

Jake Pesci (Eight)

James Pesci Uconn Rugby

Jeff Funk (Scrum Half, Wing)

Jeff Funk Uconn Rugby

Conor Ward

conor ward

Jonathan Dupont (Fly Half)

Jonathan Dupont Uconn Rugby

Kyle Powell (Hooker, Flanker)

Kyle Powell Uconn Rugby

Liam Coll (Wing, Center)

Liam Coll Uconn Rugby

Matthew Cozzi (Center)

Matthew Cozzi Uconn Rugby

Mwamburi Mkaya (Prop)

Mwamburi Mkaya Uconn Rugby

Nicholas Richards (Eight, Flanker)

Nicholas Richards Uconn Rugby

Otto Holda (Wing)

Otto Holda Uconn Rugby

Derek Litty

derek litty

James Courtney

james courtney

Sam Carling (Flanker)

Samuel Carling Uconn Rugby

Samuel Hemley (Flanker)

Samuel Hemley Uconn Rugby

Thomas Martella (Center, Flanker)

Thomas Martella Uconn Rugby

Jonathan Foster

jonathan foster

Uzair Abbasi (Fullback, Wing)

Uzair Abbasi Uconn Rugby

Zane Cooke (Flanker)

Zane Cooke Uconn Rugby

Krystian Michallik (Flanker)

Krystian Michallik Uconn Rugby

Conor Riordan (Lock)

Conor Riordan Uconn Huskies

Will Woznicki (Center, Wing)

Will Woznicki Uconn Rugby

Billy Blatter (Center)

William Blatter Uconn Rugby

Nick Gillaume

nick guillaume

Nolan Birtwell

nolan birtwell

Paddy Meenan

paddy meenan

Peter Antonicelli

peter antonicelli

Pierre Aguirre

pierre aguirre

Trent Garbati

trent garbati


High Risk Sports Forms

Rugby is considered a “High Risk” sport. We can assume a sport where grown men are banging into each other, tackling, pushing, pulling or maybe tripping by accident; to be considered High Risk for personal injury. Below is a link to forms that must be completed prior to joining the UCONN Rugby team.

High Risk Sports Forms