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UNI All-American athlete plays rugby in South Africa<br>

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Tim Klatt, associate director of recreation, (319) 273-7120
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa. Paul Emerick, a senior general studies major from Pella, is a member of the 2002 Collegiate All-American Rugby traveling team.

The trip consisted of three matches played in eight days. The first match was played Sept. 22 against Peninsula Technikon, where the U.S. team earned a solid victory. However, the U.S. team went up against the University of Stellenbosch on Sept. 26 and was defeated. The U.S. team won its third and final match against the University of Western Cape on Sept. 29.

Emerick also was a member of the 2001 Collegiate All-American Rugby team that competed last fall in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, this past summer he played for the USA Rugby team, nicknamed the 'Eagles 15,' where he competed for the U.S. on a seven-week European tour.