Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:18    PDF Print Write e-mail
Stanfill, Sumsion Something to Prove
National Teams - USA Men


Two USA forwards enter this weekend’s Domestic Camp coming back from injuries and something to prove.

Stanfill ready to be back. Mike Bobis photo.
Sumsion was an All American last year. Joan Shepherd photo.

Lou Stanfill may have a long USA history, having made his debut for the Eagles in 2005, and Kyle Sumsion may have just gotten started, but both ended their time with the USA because they got hurt, and not under their terms.

Stanfill’s shoulder has healed after surgery and he is playing with Seattle-OPSB and looks to regain his position as a lock/flanker with the USA. Sumsion is captain of BYU.

“It’s exciting to represent my country and school, especially playing a sport I love so much,” Sumsion said. “It’s always great to catch up with old friends and play with these guys.

BYU Head Coach David Smyth OK’d Sumsion’s absence, saying, “we will miss Kyle but what he gains from being with the high-level of coaches and the other players at camp can only help him.”

Meanwhile, for Stanfill, it’s all about “just getting back into the mix, knocking off the rust,” he told RUGBYMag.com. “I had about four months to allow my shoulder to heal from surgery and it is back to 100%. I'm feeling more and more confident after every hit out and feel I am pretty close to being back to top form. I am looking forward to what is to come.”