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Men All Americans Named

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Men All Americans Named

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.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 2014 Tour

PlayerSchoolYearPositionHeightWeight (lbs)
Christian AdamsAmerican International CollegeFreshmanWing5'10"215
Lucas BaistrocchiUniversity of FloridaSeniorFlyhalf5'11"193
Christopher Bergquist-TuroriPalomarSophomoreCenter6'4"225
Ryan BlytheWest Virginia UniversitySeniorNo. Eight6'3"210
Garrett BrewerSaint Mary's CollegeSeniorFlyhalf6'4"213
Connor CookArkansas State UniversitySeniorLock6'2"210
Dom DeFalcoPennsylvania State UniversitySeniorWing5'9"176
Michael GierlachLindenwood UniversitySeniorLock6'3"210
Harrison HigginsArkansas State UniversityJuniorLock6'4"230
Paris HollisLife UniversityJuniorProp6'1"225
Madison HughesDartmouth CollegeJuniorFullback5'9"175
Jace JacksonUniversity of DenverSeniorProp6'4"265
Stephen KarasColorado State UniversityFifth YearProp6'1"235
Kaleikaumaka KonradSan Diego State UniversitySeniorFlyhalf5'10"185
Niku KrugerKutztown UniversityJuniorScrumhalf5'8" 
Benjamin LandryUW-WhitewaterFifth YearLock6'5"260
Sione LautiUniversity of UtahSeniorScrumhalf5'8"180
Michael LawrensonKutztown UniversitySeniorLock6'7"247
Jonny LinehanBrigham Young UniversitySophomoreFlyhalf5'11"190
Hugh MacLellanDavenport UniversitySeniorProp6'1"245
Peter MalcolmWheeling Jesuit UniversityJuniorFlanker6'1"225
William MaloneySaint Mary's CollegeJuniorWing5'9"173
Kingsley McGowanSaint Mary's CollegeJuniorCenter5'10"195
Tino PaophavihanhBellevue CollegeJuniorHooker5'11"240
Kyle C PetersonSaint Mary's CollegeSeniorFlanker6'1"190
James PoliLindenwood UniversityJuniorCenter6'225
Shaun PotgieterArkansas State UniversityFifth YearNo. Eight6'1"225
Ryan PrattSaint Mary's CollegeSeniorProp5'11"225
Aladdin SchirmerCentral Washington UniversityJuniorFlanker6'2"224
Sebastian SharpeUniversity of California-Los AngelesSophomoreWing5'9"190
Samuel SirellUniversity of California-Los AngelesFifth YearCenter5'11"205
Vili Toluta'uCentral Washington UniversityFreshmanFlanker5'11"211
Dino WaldrenSaint Mary's CollegeJuniorProp5'11"235