The University of Tennessee Men's Rugby Team welcomed two players from the Sumner County All-Blacks in a signing ceremony in Gallatin on Wednesday evening.
Coaches, Family and teammates celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of Cole Kimler and Will Ring as they prepare for the next chapter of their academic and rugby lives. High school rugby isn't yet finished however as the All-Blacks get right back to work in preparation of the state championship game on May 12.
"As an ole Sumner County boy having grown up and graduated from Gallatin High School, I am excited to welcome these young men to the University of Tennessee. Brian and the coaching staff of the All-Blacks have done a fantastic job preparing their players for the game and I look forward to getting these young men in Knoxville."
- Tennessee Head Coach Marty Bradley
"I’m very happy for both Will and Cole. They have been standout players for our club this year and will continue our club tradition of sending ruggers into the college ranks. Obviously this is a bit more special as they will join the UT rugby team, where I played and I look forward to seeing them on the pitch in their Vol rugby jerseys."
- Sumner All-Blacks Head Coach Brian Silkwood
Cole Kimler comes to Tennessee from Hendersonville High School where he played center and wing for the Sumner County All-Blacks. The 5'8" 160 lb back has good pace and has shown a strong commitment to the contact area which will serve him well with the Volunteers in both 15s and 7s.
Cole is the son of Amy and Chris Kimler and will major in Kinesiology at Tennessee.
Will Ring will graduate from Gallatin High School in a few weeks and head to Knoxville as a Mechanical Engineering major. The 6'2" 200 lb lock has excelled in his first year with the Sumner County All-Blacks and also looks to make an impact in 7s once he arrives in Knoxville. Will is the son of Rob and Alison Ring.