USA Rugby Announces 2012 Collegiate All-America Touring Teams

USA Rugby Announces 2012 Collegiate All-America Touring Teams
BOULDER, Colo. – The 2012 Men’s Collegiate All-America (MCAA) touring teams have been announced. The Fifteens squad will travel to Ireland this month to play Provincial Academy teams, facing Connacht Academy on Aug. 11 and Leinster Academy on Aug. 14. The MCAA Sevens touring teams will assemble in Glendale, Colo., for the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens tournament Aug. 8-12, and in Chula Vista, Calif., for the National All-Star Championship (NASC) 7s tournament Aug. 14-19.
The MCAA touring teams were selected by scouting over 20,000 collegiate rugby players. A regional network of selected coaches from across the country established a player pool of 125 athletes. The athletes were then evaluated by scouts in their own regions, as well as at national championship playoff games. The player pool was ranked and All-America and Honorable Mention teams were named.
The 2012 Fifteens touring team consists of fifteen All-Americans, seven Honorable Mentions, and four athletes who were selected based on their performances at the combine held in Houston, Texas, June 21-24. A complete list of the All-American and Honorable Mention MCAA’s can be found here.
Two squads of twelve were chosen to represent the Sevens All-Americans in Glendale and Chula Vista. Six athletes will play in both tournaments. A complete list of the First, Second and Honorable Mention Sevens All-Americans can be found here. The athletes were evaluated predominantly during their performances at the National Championship, USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational and the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship.
Sevens head coach Tony Pacheco said he enjoys creative players who make their teammates better. “My hope for the players is this is just a step in the process of becoming an Eagle. I want them to enjoy their time in the All-American jersey because it is special and is a great honor,” Pacheco said.
Matt Sherman, head coach of the fifteens squad, hopes the players will be challenged by the experience of having to cross an ocean and come together quickly to represent their country. “Through that experience we hope the players will further develop as players, have a better understanding and familiarity with the challenge and demands of internationals rugby, and hopefully take a step closer toward becoming full international players that continue to drive and improve the standard of the Eagles,” Sherman said.
In addition to the final roster for the MCAA Fifteens (below), the following players were considered, but unavailable for the tour: Danny Barrett (Cal), Matt Crawford (St. Mary’s), Brendan Daly (Cal), Shaun Davies (BYU), Paul Lasike (BYU), Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s) and Will Holder (Army).
The following athletes were considered, but unavailable for the Sevens tour tournaments: Jake Anderson (Cal), JP Eloff (Davenport), Shaun Davies (BYU), Will Holder (Army), Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s) and Darrian Woodson (Life). The full rosters for the Sevens tournaments are below.
The MCAA Fifteens squad is traveling to Ireland with the help of sponsorships from Training Day and Irish Tours.
Training Day Sports Nutrition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corr-Jensen, Inc ("Training Day") is proud to partner with USA Rugby for the sponsorship of the 2012 Collegiate All-American Team.
Training Day, based in Denver, CO, provides clinically tested NSF certified safe nutritional supplements designed to enhance athletic performance. Training Day is committed to providing athletes with education related to safe supplementation, nutrition, and training enhancement to maximize potential and provide athletes a platform to perform at their highest level. Training Day is proud to partner with USA Rugby in their shared mission of building elite athletes throughout the USA Rugby organization to compete at the highest levels of competition and ultimately take their rightful place among the best in the world.
USA Rugby is proud to partner with Irish Rugby Tours Ltd. for the upcoming MCAA tour to Ireland. Irish Rugby Tours Ltd. is Ireland’s largest sports tour operator and the largest U.S. rugby tour operator. Irish Rugby Tours has always been a dedicated supporter of USA Rugby.
2012 Collegiate All-America Fifteens Touring Team
First
Last
School
TJ
Allred
Brigham Young University
Nathaniel
Brakeley
Dartmouth College
Andrew
Cook
Saint Mary’s College of California
Joseph
Cowley
Life University
Cameron
Dolan
Life University
JP
Eloff
Davenport University
Nick
Evans
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Raymond
Forrester
Brigham Young University
Dean
Gericke
Arkansas State University
Alec
Gletzer
University of California Santa Barbara
Madison
Hughes
Dartmouth College
Seamus
Kelly
University of California-Berkeley
Jamie
Kelm
San Diego State University
Hoseki
Kofe
Brigham Young University
Sosaia
Leaaetoa
Brigham Young University
James
Lynch
Life University
Jacob
Mizell
Arkansas State University
Zachary
Mizell
Arkansas State University
Don
Pati
University of Utah
Shaun
Potgeiter
Arkansas State University
Ryan
Roundy
Brigham Young University
Christopher
Saint
Penn State University
Michael
Shepherd
University of Utah
Mikey
Su'a
Brigham Young University
Patrick
Sullivan
Arkansas State University
Nicholas
Wallace
Saint Mary’s College of California
Fifteens Tour Staff
First
Last
Position
Team
Matthew
Sherman
Head Coach
Stanford University
Matthew
Huckaby
Forwards Coach
Arkansas State University
Phil
Eloff
Backs Coach
Davenport University
Craig
Brown
Manager
Western Washington University
Christopher
Mizer
MS, AT
Ohio State University
Luke
Gross
High Performance
USA Rugby
2012 Collegiate All-America Sevens Glendale Team
First
Last
School
Nate
Augspurger
University of Minnesota
Steyne
Benade
Arkansas State University
Patrick
Blair
Central Washington University
Jack
Bristol
Air Force Academy
Colton
Cariaga
Life University
Brendan
Cox
University of Colorado
Bradley
Harrington
University of California-Berkeley
Bubba
Jones
St. Mary’s College of California
Tonata
Lauti
University of Utah
Tim
Stanfill
Central Washington University
Trevor
Tanifum
University of Maryland
Brett
Thompson
University of Arizona
2012 Collegiate All-America Sevens Chula Vista Team
First
Last
School
Nate
Augspurger
University of Minnesota
Patrick
Blair
Central Washington University
Nathaniel
Brakeley
Dartmouth College
Jack
Bristol
Air Force Academy
Colton
Cariaga
Life University
Cam
Dolan
Life University
Madison
Hughes
Dartmouth College
Zachary
Mizell
Arkansas State University
Don
Pati
University of Utah
Ryan
Roundy
Brigham Young University
Trevor
Tanifum
University of Maryland
Brett
Thompson
University of Arizona
Sevens Tour Staff
First
Last
Position
Team
Tony
Pacheco
Head Coach
Central Washington University
Aaron
Manheimer
Assistant Coach
Chicago Lions
Eric
Taber
Manager
Wheeling Jesuit University
Ben
Cowin
Trainer
USA Junior All-Americans (U20s)
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