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Pati Earns IRANZ MVP Award

Wednesday Sep 9, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Other International News

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(Pati helped Highland to a national U19 championship and will now be a part of the Utah rugby program.)

US Rugby Football Foundation International Development Grant Recipient, Randy 'Don' Pati, has returned home from the Advanced Course at the prestigious International Rugby Academy of New Zealand having been named MVP of the camp.

Pati scored a try and helped the IRANZ side to a 25-10 victory over a strong Manawatu side in the closing days. The 5-8, 175 scrumhalf is enrolled at the University of Utah where he will be studying Law Enforcement, hoping to eventually become a police officer. His father, Eliu Pati, played for the Samoan National Team in the late 1980s.

"Don was a very good selection which once again validates the USRFF player ID system," said Murray Mexted, IRANZ Founder and Managing Director as well as a former All Blacks great. "He was one of the most popular members on the course and made a great contribution on and off the field. It is clear that he has great potential and has really benefitted from this experience."

Past recipients of the USRFF Development or High Performance Grants include US National Team players Kevin Swiryn, Shawn Pittman and Scott LaValla; 2009 US Collegiate All-American Cam Dolan; 2009 Collegiate All Stars Conrad Bontrager and Hamish Roberts; and Hanno Dirksen, who played for the US National Team last year and who is currently playing his rugby in the UK.

The USRFF would like to thank David and Eileen Hovey for making this year's International Development Grant possible. The Foundation would also like to thank former US Eagle Mike DeJong for providing the domestic travel.


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