Out of Rutland, Vt. and around the world Trevor Cassidy is a classic young rugby player who is still trying to find his way.
The Old Blue lock/flanker didn't rise in the ranks the expected way - no age-grade national team callup, or college rugby for him - but he's in the mix now, and hopes to keep it that way.
"I am really excited," the 26-year-old Cassidy said about his selection to the USA Selects for the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC). "Playing for my country is something I've been working toward since I was 18 years old."
He actually started playing rugby in Rutland at 14, and just kept at it.
"I didn't got through the traditional rout," Cassidy explained. "I moved to New York City when I was 19, and then out to Australia and then back to South Africa and then back here again. Going overseas was a great change to get a level of competition I couldn't get anywhere else. In Australia, the guys who were in Super Rugby but didn't make the Wallabies or Waratahs that weekend would come right back into club rugby. It was great to have that knowledge or experience."
Cassidy has played a lot of flanker and No. 8. But for Old Blue he's been playing lock, and it may be that's where he find a place at higher levels. But more than that, he's got experience thanks to New York RFC, Old Blue, West Brisbane Bulldogs, and Villager RFC in South Africa, and he loves the game.
"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, and the contact for me is the best part of the game."
It's the best part of the game for a lot of people. Trevor Cassidy is our Rhino Rugby/RUGBYMag Player of the Week.