BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby All American Head Coach Alex Magleby today named his 2011 Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Touring Squad.
The team consists of the top men’s collegiate rugby players in the country and will assemble for a training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. in early July to prepare for a three-match series with the New Zealand Universities team. The 30-man squad has players from the roughly 22,000 men’s collegiate rugby players in the country.
The matches against the New Zealand Universities are to be held in San Diego (July 9), Santa Barbara (July 13) and Stanford (July 16).
“The players we selected for the Touring Squad are athletic and experienced. There are some exciting players who earned their spot in this squad through their outstanding play this season and will get to experience in an Olympic training environment, take on the challenge of representing their country against a formidable international opponent, and have the opportunity to put their hand up for future selection into the senior national teams,” Magleby said.
The coach also noted that many of the players at this camp will be Olympic hopefuls for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The All-American pathway, beginning with the High School All-Americans, is a proven route to playing for the Eagles. In fact, four of the players on the touring squad; Cam Dolan (Life University), Ryan Roundy (BYU), Blaine Scully (University of California – Berkeley) and Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona) have all represented the USA at the senior international level.
Nine players on the 2011 All-American Touring Squad have played for the High School All-Americans (Under-17s) or the Junior All-Americans (Under-20s).
Scully and Dolan are also included in the USA’s 50-man preliminary squad that Eagles Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan submitted last week to the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) organizers. Nineteen of the of the 50 RWC hopefuls named in that squad are former Collegiate All-Americans.
2011 MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS TOURING SQUAD
James Besser (University of California – Berkeley), Matt Crawford (St. Mary’s College of California), Zach Fenoglio (Loyola Marymount), Ray Forrester (BYU), Nick Mostyn (Utah), Mike Su’a (BYU), Andy Cooke (St. Mary’s College of California), Mark Bonham (BYU), Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth), Nick Civetta (Notre Dame), Chris Parker (Texas A&M), Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley), Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont Colleges), Cam Dolan (Life University), Garrett Lambert (Life University), Dave Martini (UCLA), Shaun Potgieter (Arkansas State), Ryan Roundy (BYU)
Shaun Davies (BYU), Chris Saint (Penn State), JP Eloff (Davenport University), Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State), Benji Goff (Tennessee), Gareth Jones (Temple), Seamus Kelly (University of California – Berkeley), Duncan Kelm (San Diego State), Kyle Grossheider (Life University), Dustin Muhn (University of California – Berkeley), Blaine Scully (University of California – Berkeley), Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona)
Considered but unavailable:
Danny Barrett (University of California – Berkeley), Roland Evans (Arkansas State), Taylor Mokate (University of Oklahoma), Don Pati (University of Utah), James Bailes (University of California – Berkeley), Dylan Lubbe (BYU), Will Holder (Army), Thretton Palamo (University of Utah), Jared Whippy (BYU), Tyler Harrison (University of California – Davis), Ben Leatigaga (Army), Sione Lauti (University of Utah)
2011 MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS v. NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES SUMMER TOUR
July 9: Little Q (Old Mission Bay Athletic Club) | 3 p.m.
July 13: Harder Stadium (UC- Santa Barbara) | 6:30 p.m.
July 16: Steuber Rugby Stadium (Stanford University) | 1 p.m.