Joe Welch makes the International Rugby Team!

Joe trained with us for his final month of preparation before heading to Salt Lake, Utah a couple weeks ago for the National Rugby Team’s first test match against Uruguay.  He was on the cusp of making the team and had to have an excellent showing in the test match.  Well needless to say he went in there and kicked some serious tail… and made the team!  He called this week to thank Athlon Elite for our help in preparing his body for the challenge.  Great job Joe!  You’re a Spartan Warrior for sure.


Some Stats from the USA Rugby National Team webpage…

Joe Welch
Height:                                  5’9
Weight:                                 200
Position:                               hooker
Caps:                                    0 (first assembly with National Team)
International Scoring:        no international scoring record
Current Club:                      Cal
Birthdate:                             October 30, 1984
Born:                                     Sacramento, Calif.
Hometown:                         Sacramento, Calif.
Residence:                         Carmichael, Calif.
Highlights:     Joe first started playing rugby when he was 16 years old so he could play a spring High School sport. He played for Jesuit High School until he graduated in 2003 and then played for Cal untilhe graduated this year in 2008. He was a U-19 in 2003 and made the 2008 All-American side, before making the Men’s National Team for the ASM and Munster assemblies.
Personal:     All three of Joe’s younger brothers also played rugby. Besides graduating with a Political Science degree from University of California, Joe also likes to hunt, fish and surf.
Did You Know?     Joe was a San Jaoquin Section Title winner in H.S. Football, going 13-0 in 2002.

Great Job Joe!!