Samurai PRP Player of The Week: Stephen Karas, Glendale Merlins

The Samurai PRP Player of The Week goes to Glendale Merlins prop Stephen Karas in a classic PRP shootout victory over Santa Monica.

In 2014, Karas was named a Collegiate All-American at Colorado State (see photo below) before spending a year playing rugby in New Zealand. Karas is faster and fitter than the typical prop crop. With more performances like this weekend Karas could help his chances toward an MLR spot with the top-side Raptors.

Watch PRP Week 8 LIVE on FloRugby

Recent USA Rugby Hall of Fame inductee and Merlins head coach Luke Gross had rave reviews for his loosehead.

“Steve went above and beyond the norm in his aggression, work at the set piece, and pushing the body to the limit,” said Gross.

Merlins captain Alex Fitch, scored a hat-trick three tries on Santa Monica. But after close film review Coach Gross awarded the Player of The Week to his prop. 

Karas started the season as a substitute, but has quickly solidified his spot in the starting squad.

Gross is the Director of the Glendale Raptors Academy program. This year he entered his squad into the Pacific Rugby Premiership to put Glendale’s development side up against five of the best teams in Division 1 men’s rugby.

“I’m not disrespecting any other competition when I say this, but domestically the PRP is the top amateur competition week in and week out because of the teams that are in it,” said Gross. “As a feeder for our pro team that is exactly what we need.”

According to Coach Gross the Merlins are made up of three groups of players that combine to make their D1 PRP squad. “You’ve got a core of guys that work great full-time jobs that are trying to play at the highest level of rugby possible. Then you’ve got the younger academy guys and then the established MLR guys that need D1 minutes before they go back up.”

The PRP is a proving ground for players like Stephen Karas, and the MLR-side Raptors will benefit from the level of competition in the PRP and coaching from Hall-of-Famer Luke Gross.

Barbarians Name Squad For Historic Match In Glendale

Baa Baas Invent A Chant And Are Perfect

The Barbarians FC women's team has named its squad to take on the USA Friday night at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO.

Eagle Women Selected To Face Barbarians

Johnson Carries ORSU and Is Set For Eagles

USA Women’s Eagles Head Coach Rob Cain has named his match-day roster to face the famous Barbarians tomorrow, Friday, April 26 at Infinity Park in Glendale CO.

Watch Guide: See History Made, And More

2019 D1A Quarterfinal: Cal vs. Arizona

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The meaning ramps up as April gets closer to May in rugby all around the world, and FloRugby is here to show it to you.

Saint Mary's Remembers Losses, Looks To Cal Rematch

D1A QF Highlights: Saint Marys vs BYU

Saint Mary’s remembers.Saint Mary’s remembers losing to Lindenwood at their home ground in last year’s D1A quarterfinal. So much so that head coach Tim O’Brien outlined in detail how he prepared for that game and where he went wrong—he wasn’t going to make the same errors again.

Sale Snap Up Springboks Star Lood de Jager

European Chall Cup SF: La Rochelle vs Sale

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Star South Africa lock Lood de Jager has signed for Premiership side Sale Sharks from Super Rugby franchise The Bulls, the English club announced on Wednesday.

Salisbury Want To Leave Charlotte As D2 Spring Champs

When Salisbury shows up to Championship Weekend you’ll recognize their name. You’ll recognize the maroon and gold strip. You’ll see a suffocating defense. But Salisbury prop and team president Sophie Clendenin wants you to listen in. 

Eagles Up For Some Risk-Taking-Cain

There’s something special about the USA’s game against the Barbarians on Friday.

2019 Scholz Award Finalists Named

Rogers Goes Yard For Arizona

College teams, as well as players and fans from around the country, have voted to create the list of five finalists for the Rudy ScholzAward.

Saracens Attempt Champions Cup Send Off for David Strettle

On May 11th the Saracens look to hoist the Champions Cup over Leinster and send their retiring 35-year-old wing David Strettle riding off into the sunset a champion.

2019 MA Sorensen Award Finalists Named

Emily Henrich Makes Debut For USA

Votes from college teams and from players and fans from around the country have finalized the five finalist for the MA Sorensen Award.