Match-day squad announced for AIG MCAAs' first clash with Cambridge University

Match-day squad announced for AIG MCAAs' first clash with Cambridge University

HANOVER, N.H. – Head Coach Matt Sherman has named the starting XV for the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans’ first match against Cambridge University Saturday, June 21.

Match kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. ET at Dartmouth College, which has one MCAA representative in Madison Hughes. Hughes, earning a spot on the MCAA touring squad for the third consecutive year, will captain the side at center.

The MCAAs held a four-day selection camp at Merrimack College ahead of their three-match tour in New England. Following the opening match Saturday, the MCAAs will play a second match against Cambridge University and finish the tour against Ontario Blues. The final two matches will be held at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass.

A second MCAA team will face the Collegiate Barbarians, a team consisting of University students in Ontario, at 3:00 P.M. ET at Dartmouth College.

Last year, the MCAAs went 1-2 in New Zealand with two matches against a combined New Zealand Universities team and one match against Wairarapa Bush.

Support the MCAAs to be entered to win team kit and a chance to have a meal with the team.

Watch the MCAAs Saturday live on USA Rugby TV and follow @aarugby on Twitter for updates from the team.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Cambridge University
1. Paris Hollis (Life University)
2. Peter Malcolm (Wheeling Jesuit University)
3. Angus MacLellan (Davenport University)
4. Mike Lawrenson (Kutztown University)
5. Ben Landry (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater)
6. Aladdin Schirmer (Central Washington University)
7. Vili Toluta'u (Central Washington University)
8. Shaun Potgeiter (Arkansas State University)
9. Niku Kruger (Kutztown University)
10. Kalei Konrad (San Diego State University)
11. Madison Hughes (C) (Dartmouth College)
12. James Poli (Lindenwood University)
13. Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary's College)
14. Seb Sharpe (University of California - Los Angeles)
15. Cooper Maloney (Saint Mary's College)

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Reserves
16. Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
17. Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College)
18. Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
19. Connor Cook (Arkansas State University)
20. Harry Higgins (Arkansas State University)
21. Tonata Lauti (University of Utah)
22. Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
23. Lucas Bastrocchi (University of Florida)

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Collegiate Barbarians
1. Stephen Karas (Colorado State University)
2. Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
3. Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
4. Connor Cooke (Arkansas State University)
5. Mike Gierlach (Lindenwood University)
6. Harry Higgins (Arkansas State University)
7. Kyle Peterson (Saint Mary's College)
8. Ryan Blythe (West Virginia University)
9. Tonatu Lauti (University of Utah)
10. Jonny Linehan (Brigham Young University)
11. Christian Adams (American International College)
12. Sam Sirrell (C) (University of California - Los Angeles)
13. Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
14. Chris Turori (Palomar Junior College)
15. Lucas Bastrocchi (University of Florida)
Reserves: Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College), Jace Jackson (University of Denver), Dominic Defalco (Pennsylvania State University)

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
v Cambridge University - Dartmouth College - Saturday, June 21 - 1:00 P.M. ET
v Cambridge University - Irish Cultural Center - Wednesday, June 25 - 6:00 P.M. ET
v Ontario Blues - Irish Cultural Center - Saturday, June 28 - 2:30 P.M. ET

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Comments (13)

  • Guest - Tev

    McGowan starting? What is this? St. Mary's vs Santa Clara? Kid doesn't have what it takes

  • Guest - You got it wrong

    In reply to: Guest - Tev

    Why is it that whenever Kings is in an article you are the first to comment how he doesn't have what it takes? If you haven't noticed he is the deadliest back in the country and one of the most humble team players. He not only has what it takes from a physical standpoint, but the way he brings out the best in not only his A-side, but B-side club members is special. He clearly is an AA who has earned his stripes.

  • Guest - MuckrakerRugby

    In reply to: Guest - Tev

    Your trolling suggests that McGowan must've burned you more than a few times in the past few seasons.

    Face it, Tev, you don't have what it takes to play with the big kids and McGowan does. Get back in the gym and find a coach that thinks you have a chance.

  • Guest - Tevs a troll

    No. kinda like st Mary's vs life.

  • Guest - WTF?

    Where are the Cal players? Jack Clark boycotting the All Americans?

  • Guest - MuckrakerRugby

    In reply to: Guest - WTF?

    Clark isn't boycotting. USAR has blacklisted the left coast Golden Bears. Doesn't matter, though. Gletzer will make his mark on the big stage soon enough.

  • Guest - RugbyDUck

    In reply to: Guest - MuckrakerRugby

    Not sure how true this but according to a buddy of mine who used to play at Cal, it's the other way around because of "conflicts of interest."

  • Guest - Tev

    More like Cal is too afraid of getting punked by the chump McGowan like they did this season!

  • Guest - SFVA

    If it is true that Cal is being black listed it is just another example that USA Rugby as an org. is a complete joke. With that said I do not see any other explanation for it. I am not a Cal fan but I know they have players that should be on this team. Don't know why I keep paying my dues to so a screwed up organization.

  • Guest - RugbyDUck

    In reply to: Guest - SFVA

    Not sure how true this but according to a buddy of mine who used to play at Cal, it's the other way around because of political BS.

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