BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans announced camp and tour plans for summer 2014 Tuesday, including a two-match series against England’s Cambridge University before hosting Canada’s Ontario Blues.
The top 55 collegiate rugby players will assemble at Merrimack College in Boston, Mass., for a four-day selection camp June 12-16.
There are multiple pathways to be named an All-American in addition to being invited to participate in the All-Americans touring team selection camp.
Athletes must be identified by the MCAA scouting network of coaches who cover Division I-A, Division I-AA, Division II, and National Small College Rugby Organization rugby.
From the selection camp in Boston, 35 players will be selected for the four-match domestic tour. The MCAAs will host Cambridge University at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Vt., June 21, while a second-side match against Collegiate Barbarians, made up of University students in the greater Ontario province, will also take place.
The MCAAs will then head to Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., for the second matchup against Cambridge University June 25. Three days later, Matt Sherman’s men will welcome Canada’s provincial men’s team, Ontario Blues, in a June 28, 2:30 P.M. ET kickoff.
Following on from the Boys High School and AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans, the MCAAs represent the next step in the player development pathway, graduating such Eagles as Danny Barrett, Joe Cowley, John Cullen, Madison Hughes, Tim Maupin, Kyle Sumsion and Stephen Tomasin last season.
The MCAA coaching staff will also work closely with the other national team coaching staffs to ensure players identified get the opportunity to advance through the player pathway.
"This year’s All-American assembly will start with a selection camp that will allow us to take a look at a wide range of players hoping to earn the privilege of wearing the Collegiate All-American jersey this summer,” Sherman said. “The final selected squad will have an opportunity to test itself against challenging international opposition on domestic soil.”
The MCAAs went 1-2 during its New Zealand tour last year with a win and loss against a combined New Zealand Universities side and a close loss to Wairarapa Bush RFC.
USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
High Performance Collegiate All-American Selection Camp – Merrimack College – Boston, Mass. – June 12-16
V Cambridge University – Dartmouth College – Hanover, N.H. – June 21
V Cambridge University – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 25
V Ontario Blues – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 28
USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans | Coaching Staff
Matt Sherman – Head Coach
Gavin Hickey – Forward Coach
Phillip Eloff – Back Coach
Craig Brown – Manager
Chris Mizer - Trainer