Another local rugby standout, Nick Lupian hails from La Mesa, California and first picked up the rugby ball as a freshman in college. Since then his commitment to his rugby development has been nonstop and he gained collegiate exposure with the SoCal rugby powerhouse San Diego State before immersing himself in New Zealand rugby culture with Grammar Rec RFC in Auckland. Along with teammate Nick Evans, Lupian earned men’s club experience with the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club and helped propel the Vail Bulldogs to a 7s national championship in New York. He describes his style of play as emphasizing defense and solid tackling. But Lupian’s offensive abilities are just as sharp and in the 2019 season will test his opponents through his punishing ball carrying and play-making skills.