AIG MCAAs selected for upcoming matches against Cambridge University, Ontario Blues

AIG MCAAs selected for upcoming matches against Cambridge University, Ontario Blues

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The touring side for the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans’ upcoming matches against Cambridge University and Ontario Blues has been selected.

MCAA Head Coach Matt Sherman and his staff held a four-day selection camp June 12-15, at which 53 of the country’s top collegiate rugby players trained at Merrimack College.

Nineteen of the 33 players selected played for D1A Rugby schools in 2014. Saint Mary’s College, D1A Champion following a 21-6 defeat of Life University in the Final at Stanford University in May, is represented by six players, including Final MVP Cooper Maloney. Life University’s Paris Hollis also made the touring squad.

Just six of the 33 players have played for the MCAAs previously.

“We are really pleased with the effort and focus of all the players competing in camp at Merrimack College,” Sherman said. “While this is a relatively inexperienced team at the Collegiate All-American level, the players have shown a lot of ability and tenacity.

“Our focus now will turn towards coming together as a team as we prepare for tough international opposition in a few days’ time.”

Dartmouth’s Madison Hughes, who featured on the Men’s Eagles Sevens roster during their 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series campaign, will wear the MCAA jersey for the third consecutive year and will play on his home field in Hanover, N.H., when the MCAAs host Cambridge University in the first of two matches June 21. The match will be streamed live online on USA Rugby TV.

The Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., will be the site of the second clash between the MCAAs and Cambridge University June 25. The MCAAs will then host Ontario Blues in their final match of the summer at the Irish Cultural Center June28.

The MCAAs are also holding a raffle, with participants entered to win the team’s match kit and a chance to have a meal with the team.

Follow @aarugby on Twitter for updates from Massachusetts.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 2014 Tour

PlayerSchoolYearPositionHeightWeight (lbs)
Christian Adams American International College Freshman Wing 5'10" 215
Lucas Baistrocchi University of Florida Senior Flyhalf 5'11" 193
Christopher Bergquist-Turori Palomar Sophomore Center 6'4" 225
Ryan Blythe West Virginia University Senior No. Eight 6'3" 210
Garrett Brewer Saint Mary's College Senior Flyhalf 6'4" 213
Connor Cook Arkansas State University Senior Lock 6'2" 210
Dom DeFalco Pennsylvania State University Senior Wing 5'9" 176
Michael Gierlach Lindenwood University Senior Lock 6'3" 210
Harrison Higgins Arkansas State University Junior Lock 6'4" 230
Paris Hollis Life University Junior Prop 6'1" 225
Madison Hughes Dartmouth College Junior Fullback 5'9" 175
Jace Jackson University of Denver Senior Prop 6'4" 265
Stephen Karas Colorado State University Fifth Year Prop 6'1" 235
Kaleikaumaka Konrad San Diego State University Senior Flyhalf 5'10" 185
Niku Kruger Kutztown University Junior Scrumhalf 5'8"
Benjamin Landry UW-Whitewater Fifth Year Lock 6'5" 260
Sione Lauti University of Utah Senior Scrumhalf 5'8" 180
Michael Lawrenson Kutztown University Senior Lock 6'7" 247
Jonny Linehan Brigham Young University Sophomore Flyhalf 5'11" 190
Hugh MacLellan Davenport University Senior Prop 6'1" 245
Peter Malcolm Wheeling Jesuit University Junior Flanker 6'1" 225
William Maloney Saint Mary's College Junior Wing 5'9" 173
Kingsley McGowan Saint Mary's College Junior Center 5'10" 195
Tino Paophavihanh Bellevue College Junior Hooker 5'11" 240
Kyle C Peterson Saint Mary's College Senior Flanker 6'1" 190
James Poli Lindenwood University Junior Center 6' 225
Shaun Potgieter Arkansas State University Fifth Year No. Eight 6'1" 225
Ryan Pratt Saint Mary's College Senior Prop 5'11" 225
Aladdin Schirmer Central Washington University Junior Flanker 6'2" 224
Sebastian Sharpe University of California-Los Angeles Sophomore Wing 5'9" 190
Samuel Sirell University of California-Los Angeles Fifth Year Center 5'11" 205
Vili Toluta'u Central Washington University Freshman Flanker 5'11" 211
Dino Waldren Saint Mary's College Junior Prop 5'11" 235

USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
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

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