Tuesday, March 31, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Fry joins Jesuit brethren, former DHS star Palamo in USA/Canada rugby match

USA Men's Eagles vs Uruguay

Eric Fry, bottom, goes for a try in a Team USA rugby victory over Georgia in March. Fry, who is from Davis and won national championships at Jesuit and Cal, will wear red, white and blue Saturday against Canada at Bonney Field in Sacramento. Courtesy photo

By
From page B1 | June 18, 2014 |

SACRAMENTO — When the USA and Canada rugby teams meet Saturday in the capital city, the match will be a homecoming for four area Eagles — including Davis “kid” Eric Fry.

Fry joins former Jesuit High teammates Blaine Scully and Louis Stanfill and Davis High grad Thretton Palamo as the American team finishes its Nations Pacific Cup campaign with a Canuck squad that has given the U.S. men fits.

Fry — who was a four-time All-American at Cal — took time from his busy local schedule (the Eagles are training in Sacramento this week) to check in with The Enterprise.

Fry, whose brothers Jason and Chris have added to the Golden Bear rugby legacy in recent years, said after his introduction to American football, he quickly moved to rugby because players “learn all the skills … get to exhibit offense, defense, passing, scoring.”

Once he began knocking around pitches for the Marauders in high school —before graduating in 2005 — Fry, 26, was hooked:

“I liked the camaraderie. Rugby is a very social sport. And I loved the travel. Even in high school, I was going around the world (on the 2004 U19 U.S. team). The Junior World Cup was in South Africa that year.”

Fry’s Jesuit squad earned a national championship in 2004. Once he hit Berkeley, Fry helped the Bears capture four more national championships.

Recently, Fry signed with the Newcastle Falcons (England) of the Aviva Premiership after a couple of seasons with the London Scottish.

For now, his homecoming is one that has his family mobilized …

“They love it. We’re really happy to get a game basically at home,” says the son of Davisites Patrick and Renate Fry.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound prop (a rugby position) adds that his folks have always been supportive and “try to make it to one or two of the games, if they’re not too far away.

“When my mom heard we’d be in Sacramento, she bought a block of 50 tickets.

“Those quickly went, then it was 75 tickets. Now I think it’s up to 110,” the personable Fry says with a laugh.

Playing with Scully and Stanfill has been another welcome aspect of being an Eagle — and now the trio of former Marauders are solidly focused on Canada.

“We need to put in an 80-minute performance,” explains Scully, who plays for Leiscester FC when not in red, white and blue. “Sometimes you’re under pressure, sometimes you’re putting them under pressure. So we need to maximize the amount of time we put them under pressure to try to nullify their pressure.”

Makes sense, but the Canadians have a large advantage in the all-time series, and have won seven straight matchups, including each of the three matches against the U.S. last year.

However, the internationally 18th-ranked Eagles are coming off of victories over Georgia and Russia to close out a fall tour. California has been nice to the Eagles, who were winners in two of their last three matches in the state.

On Thursday (10:30 a.m.), the Eagles will conduct a workout at Jesuit High (Carmichael).

“It doesn’t get much closer to home than that,” Fry said with a laugh.

Kickoff for Saturday’s match is 3 p.m. at the new Bonney Field, the home of Sacramento Republic FC.

Notes: Palamo became the youngest player in rugby World Cup history when he took the field in 2006, then went on to play rugby and football at Utah. The now-Woodland resident was featured in a 2011 Enterprise article, which can be seen at www.davisenterprise.com/sports/adult-amateur/former-blue-devil-palamo-puts-rugby-on-back-burner-at-utah. … For additional USA Eagles information, visit http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles. … Tickets for Saturday are available through Ticketmaster. … After Canada, the Eagles next meet the New Zealand All-Blacks in Chicago (Nov. 1). … The Eagles have qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup (Pool B with Samoa, South Africa, Scotland and Japan) — to be played in England a year from September.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

.

News

Special playground dedication slated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Coroner confirms West Davis deaths were murder-suicide

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Bob Dunning: Wrap your head around our MRAP need

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Solo crash kills Woodland man, 22

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Officials say Iran nuke talks will continue in new phase

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Police: Missing athlete died on freeway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
French eye cockpit entry rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
‘Old Autos’ at Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

DCCNS plans open house April 8

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Parent-child open house previews new Waldorf classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Summer garden alert!

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Davis FFA and ag students host plant sale

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Poker tourney benefits DMTC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Camp Shakespeare begins Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis tops list of best schools for the buck

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

 
Lenten giving project highlights climate justice

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Tour de Cluck has selected its coops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CBH hosts Passover Community Potluck Seder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

City extends nomination period for Huynh Awards

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Parenting class meets Tuesdays

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Neighbors invited to adopt Willow Creek Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Yolo animal shelter seeks donations

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
RSVP for Gerber Young Community Leader reception

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Pence Gallery recruiting volunteers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Move over, Muggles

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A5

Meeting examines Northstar Pond priorities

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

.

Forum

Maybe he loves the outdoors …

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Why can’t we be friends?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

A California comeback for gerrymandering?

By Tom Elias | From Page: A8

 
César Chávez’s peaceful civil disobedience forged a great legacy

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

A conversation about power

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Sports

A very palpable hit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
Over the years, The Show has been a reach for Davis

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UC Davis opens hopeful spring football camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD roundup: Sleiffer seals Aggie tennis victory over Montana

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Grizzlies beat Kings to end three-game skid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
Snubbed Temple, returning Stanford highlight NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

.

Features

.

Arts

30 years of dance in Davis with Pamela Trokanski

By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ a delightful family show

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Mischief to play at Picnic in the Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Yolo Mambo will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Thursday Live! plans a blues party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Jane Lynch performance rescheduled to August

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Hear some April Fool’s night jazz

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Dance the night away at house party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7