University of Tennessee juniors Rob Barkman of Oak Ridge, TN, and

Christopher Scott Jones of Paris, TN, were selected to the 2000 USA Rugby

Collegiate All-American team.

Barkman and Jones were chosen to play for the South all-star team at a camp

held on May 19-21 in Murfreesboro, TN. Collegiate players from 11 states

competed at the camp for a chance to represent the USA Rugby South

Territory in this national tournament. The South Territory won the National

Championship by defeating nine-time defending champion Pacific Territory in

the finals 21-6. Based on the superior performances of Barkman and Jones in

the tournament, they were named to the All-American team. Being named to

the All-American team is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a

collegiate rugby player.

"Rob is very deserving of this honor," UT assistant coach Marty Bradley

said. "He had a fabulous performance at the national championship and has

really committed himself to becoming a superior rugby player. He made

several game-saving tackles at the tournament."

"Scott is an aggressive runner and a tremendous tackler," Bradley said. "He

had an outstanding performance at the national tournament and has been a

leader for us all year."

Rugby is a non-varsity sport at the University of Tennessee with a roster

of 45 players. They compete in the Midsouth Union of the USA Rugby South

Territory. They just completed the 1999-2000 year with a record of 20-8-1

that included an appearance in the final four championship tournament of

the USA Rugby South Territory.

BURKE NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-SOUTH REGION TEAM

Tennessee sophomore second-baseman Chris Burke was named to the 14-player

All-South Region team announced by the American Baseball Coaches

Association All-America Selection Committee.

Burke, who was a first ream USA Today/Baseball Weekly All-America,

hit .401 with 55 RBI and 56 stolen bases for the Vols this past

season.

The All-South Region team was voted on by the 43 coaches of the ABCA South

Region and will help comprise the ballot for the ABCA/Rawlings All-America

teams along with All-Region teams made up of players from the other seven

regions. All players on the All-South Region team will be eligible for the

ABCA/Rawlings All-American team voting that took place in Omaha at the

College World Series. Results of that vote will be announced this

week.