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Coaches Name CPD All-Conference Teams, POY
Colleges - Men's DI College

BOULDER, Colo.Conference Players of the Year Danny Barrett (Cal), Ryan Roundy (BYU), Cam Dolan (Life), Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State) and Ben Leatigaga (Army) headline the College Premier Division Coaches’ All-Conference Teams announced today by USA Rugby. 

Of the 60 players named in RUGBYMag.com's All-Conference list, 41 were named in the coaches'. The RUGBYMag.com list only included 15 players, while the coaches selected an eight-man bench.

 

2011 College Premier Division Players of the Year

Rugby East: Ben Leatigaga, Army

Mid-South: Cam Dolan, Life & Pat Sullivan, Arkansas St.

Western: Ryan Roundy, BYU

Pacific: Danny Barrett, Cal

2011 College Premier Division All-Conference Teams

Ninety-two players from four conferences earned College Premier Division All-Conference honors in 2011.

Where They’re From: The 2011 College Premier Division All-Conference Teams feature players from 24 states and eight countries.

State Breakdown

23- California

8- Utah

6- Pennsylvania

5- Washington

4- Louisiana, New York,

3- Connecticut, Tennessee

2- Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia

1- Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin

 
Country Breakdown

80- USA

6- South Africa

1- Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga

 

Class Breakdown

Seniors- 49

Juniors- 24

Sophomores- 13

Freshmen- 6

2011 All-Rugby East Team

Pos. Name                            School              Cl.    Ht.     Wt.   Hometown

1: Jim Roblin                  Rutgers            Jr.    6-0    250  Hammonton, N.J.
2:
Jamie Gregory            Kutztown         So.   6-0    225  Reading, United Kingdom
3:
Andrew Hansche         Army               Sr.    6-0    215  Kenosha, Wis.
4:
Chase Burge               Navy               Sr.    6-5    250  Rushville, Ohio
5:
Chris Mullen               Delaware         Jr.    6-3    215  Basking Ridge, N.J.
6:
Paul Jarvis                 Dartmouth       Jr.    5-11   210  Riverside, Conn.
7:
Seamus Siefring          Navy               So.   6-0    210  North Olmstead, Ohio
8:
Sean Rohrs                Navy               Sr.    6-0    200  Annapolis, Md.
9:
Derek Fish                 Dartmouth       Jr.    5-6    160  Madison, Conn.
10:
Joe Baker                  Penn St.           Jr.    5-9    180  West Chester, Pa.
11:
Ben Leatigaga            Army               Sr.    6-0    215  Newport News, Va.
12:
Will Holder                 Army               So.   6-2    205  Palo Alto, Calif.
13:
Buster Ousley             Navy               Sr.    6-0    185  Philadelphia, Pa.
14:
Chris Downer              Dartmouth       Sr.    5-10   185  Stamford, Conn.
15:
Tim Acker                  Kutztown         Jr.    5-8    170  Buckingham, Pa.
16:
Tommy Brothers         Dartmouth       Sr.    6-0    180  Ottawa, Canada
17:
Tim Dean                  Army               Sr.    5-8    205  Alexandria, Va.
18: Chris Karas                Penn St.           Jr.    5-7    200  Kennett Square, Pa.
19: Jim Kowalski              Delaware         Jr.    5-8    175  Manhattan, N.Y.
20: Jason Retter               Navy               Sr.    6-2    230  Apollo, Pa.
21: Chris Saint                 Penn St.           Sr.    5-9    175  Gaithersburg, Md.
22: Steve Sanchez            Delaware         So.   6-0    215  Brooklyn, N.Y.
23: Latu Vaha’i                 Army               Sr.    5-10   180  Nukualofa, Tonga


2011 All-Mid-South Conference Team

Pos. Name                            School              Cl.    Ht.     Wt.   Hometown

1: Roan Farr                  Arkansas St.     Sr.    6-2    230  Cape Town, South Africa
2:
Scott McDonald          Life                 Sr.    5-11   225  Grand Rapids, Mich.
3:
Jake Mizell                 Arkansas St.     So.   6-0    230  Keller, Texas
4:
Joel Fugate                Tennessee       Sr.    6-3    220  Brentwood, Tenn.
5:
Chris Parker               Texas A&M       Sr.    6-4    235  Katy, Texas
6:
Garrett Lambert          Life                 Sr.    6-2    215  White Fish, Mont.
7:
Shaun Potgeiter          Arkansas St.     So.   6-1    220  Port Elizabeth, South Africa
8:
Cam Dolan                 Life                 So    6-5    230  Naples, Fla.
9:
Yoshiyasu Abe            Arkansas St.     Fr.    5-6    160  Osaka, Japan
10:
Pat Sullivan                Arkansas St.     Jr.    6-4    240  Mokena, Ill.
11:
Yannick Savage          LSU                Sr.    5-11   185  Sydney, Australia
12:
Robert Johns              LSU                Sr.    6-0    195  New Orleans, La.
13:
Benji Goff                  Tennessee       Sr.    6-1    210  Brentwood, Tenn.
14:
Cornelius Dirksen        Life                 So.   5-9    180  Nashville, Tenn.
15:
Danie Swanepoel        Arkansas St.     Sr.    5-10   190  Bloemfontein, South Africa
16:
Tyler Ammerman        LSU                Sr.    5-2    225  Mandeville, La.
17:
Nick Civetta               Notre Dame     Sr.    6-8    250  New York, N.Y.
18:
Joe Cowley                Life                 Fr.    6-1    188  Charlotte, N.C.
19:
Adam Ducong             LSU                Sr.    5-8    185  New Orleans, La.
20:
Cullen Glennon            LSU                Sr.    5-11   205  New Orleans, La.
21:
Paris Hollis                 Life                 Fr.    5-11   220  Charlotte, N.C.
22:
John Lalor                 Notre Dame     Sr.    6-2    245  Philadelphia, Pa.
23:
Arrynn Wilkinson         Oklahoma        Sr.    5-10   185  Tulsa, Okla.


2011 All-Western Conference Team

Pos. Name                            School              Cl.    Ht.     Wt.   Hometown

1: Mikey Su’a                 BYU                Jr.    5-11   295  West Jordan, Utah
2:
Ryan Russomanno      Air Force          Jr.    5-8    180  Anaheim, Calif.
3:
Ray Forrester             BYU                Jr.    6-0    255  Nelson, New Zealand
4:
Mark Bonham             BYU                Jr.    6-4    240  Fresno, Calif.
5:
Viliami Vimahi             BYU                Sr.    6-3    245  Provo, Utah
6:
Travis Hughes            Arizona St.       Sr.    6-1    210  Bullhead City, Ariz.
7:
Hynie Leaaetoa          BYU                Jr.    5-11   222  Portland, Ore.
8:
Ryan Roundy              BYU                Jr.    6-1    218  Holladay, Utah
9:
Shaun Davies             BYU                Jr.    5-9    176  Durban, South Africa
10:
Dylan Lubbe              BYU                Jr.    5-8    170  Durban, South Africa
11:
Mike Getzler               Arizona            Sr.    5-10   180  Sherman Oaks, Calif.
12:
Anthony Ruize            Air Force          Sr.    5-7    180  Victorville, Calif.
13:
Jared Whippy             BYU                Fr.    5-11   185  Alpine, Utah
14:
Sione Lauti                 Utah               Fr.    5-8    185  Salt Lake City, Utah
15:
Peter Tiberio              Arizona            Sr.    5-11   185  Aurora, Ill.
16:
LeRoi Edwards            Air Force          Jr.    6-4    250  Kent, Wash.
17:
Brennan Gallagher       Air Force          Sr.    6-2    225  Stockbridge, Ga.
18: Stephen Karras           Colorado St.     So.   6-1    220  Franktown, Colo.
19: Luke Lahman             Colorado          Jr.    5-10   195  Niwot, Colo.
20: Cameron Loser           Utah               Fr.    6-1    220  Alpine, Utah
21: Apenisa Malani           BYU                Jr.    5-11   215  Provo, Utah
22: Thretton Palamo         Utah               So.   6-4    235  Davis, Calif.
23: Don Pati                    Utah               So.   5-9    180  West Valley City, Utah


2011 All-Pacific Conference Team

Pos. Name                            School              Cl.    Ht.     Wt.   Hometown

1: Matt Crawford            St. Mary’s        Sr.    6-0    212  Sacramento, Calif.
2:
Andrew Cook             St. Mary’s        Sr.    6-0    215  San Ramon, Calif.
3:
James Besser             Cal                  Sr.    6-1    240  Davis, Calif.
4:
Bobby McNeal            Cal Poly-SLO     Sr.    6-4    225  Pine Valley, Calif.
5:
Nick Wallace              St. Mary’s        Jr.    6-1    240  Bellingham, Wash.
6:
Derek Asbun              Cal                  Sr.    5-10   214  Alamo, Calif.
7:
David Martini              UCLA              Sr.    6-2    200  Los Gatos, Calif.
8:
Danny Barrett             Cal                  Jr.    6-3    212  Pacifica, Calif.
9:
Connor Ring               Cal                  Sr.    5-6    168  Lafayette, Calif.
10:
James Bailes              Cal                  Sr.    6-0    190  Cape Town, South Africa
11:
Blaine Scully               Cal                  Sr.    6-3    210  Sacramento, Calif.
12:
Seamus Kelly              Cal                  So.   5-11   200  Queens, N.Y.
13:
Mike Haley                 St. Mary’s        Jr.    6-0    190  Lafayette, Calif.
14:
Dustin Muhn               Cal                  Sr.    5-8    180  Morgan Hill, Calif.
15:
Tyler Harrison             UC Davis          Sr.    5-8    170  Sacramento, Calif.
16:
Pat Farrell                   Central Wash. Sr.      5-11    245  Vancouver, Wash.
17: Ryan Hamilton         Central Wash. Sr.      5-10    195     Republic, Wash.
18: Duncan Kelm            San Diego St. Sr.      6-1     205     Santa Rosa, Calif.
19: Jaime Kelm              San Diego St. Jr.      5-10    220     Santa Rosa, Calif.
20: Kris Osterloh            Cal Poly-SLO  Sr.      6-2     275     Orinda, Calif.
21: Stuart Sharpe           Cal Poly-SLO  Sr.      6-0     200     Irvine, Calif.
22: Sam Sirell                UCLA            So.     6-0     195     Kentfield, Calif.
23: Tim Stanfill               Central Wash. Sr.      5-10    180     Vancouver, Wash.

 
Thursday, 02 June 2011 13:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Basauri Happy to be Back
National Teams - USA Men

Basauri was just hitting his stride when injury struck. Ian Muir photoIt’s been on again, off again for Inaki Basauri, but right now he’s looking at on-again.

The former Maryland Exiles U19, who first put on a USA jersey in 2003 for the USA U19s, Basauri was the starting openside flanker for the Eagles through much of the 2007 World Cup. He wasn’t selected in 2008 until the tour of Japan at the end of the year, and then once again wasn’t in the Eagles fold until late 2010.

In that tour he played his way into a starting position, only to leave the game against Georgia with a shoulder injury that has kept him off the rugby field since. Now he’s back, and hoping once again to break into the starting USA lineup.

“They did a really great surgery on me and I am back to my playing weight and hoping to put on some more KGs,” Basauri told RUGBYMag.com.

The flanker was out for six months, told by doctors to avoid contact he returned to his club, L’Aquila in Italy, long enough to help recruit his replacement, Eagle No. 8 Nic Johnson. Then he switched to California for rehab and training.

“Six months is a long time and I’m just extremely happy to be healthy again and back with the team,” he said. “It felt good to be back with the team. It’s a shame I got hurt, I hadn’t got hurt for a while and these things happen in rugby, but in a way I was glad that at least it was in a big game.”

Basauri is a bit of an anomaly in the USA lineup in that he’s more of a pure back row than most of the other squad. He can cover the field and is good in the air, making up for a slight lack in bulk with work rate.

“I can bring my energy to the team,” Basauri explained. “I just want to do what I do. Play my game as a defensive player. I just love playing rugby and I am happy to be palying again and back with my friends.”

 
Thursday, 02 June 2011 10:45    PDF Print Write e-mail
Scott to Paris?
RUGBYmag Premier - Exclusive News
LaValla, center, could be smiling in Paris
Hopefully he looks good in pink. Stephane Hammel, Stade Francais, photo

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 02 June 2011 13:16    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada Names Lineup for Churchill Opener
Canada - Men

Aaron Carpenter returns to the Canada lineup. Buthc Lietz photoA vibrant mix of youth and experience will take the field against Italy "A" in Canada's Churchill Cup opening match at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Canadian national senior men's coach Kieran Crowley has put together a side ranging from wholly experienced players like Ed Fairhurst at scrum half and young, budding talents like uncapped Conor Trainor in the centres.

And in the forwards, Crowley has what he believes will be a handy arsenal to combat the eager Italian pack, which he knows will be a strong piece of their game.

"We know it's going to be a real battle," Crowley said. "The Italian team had a press conference today and the players were told there's world cup selection on the line, so they've got something to play for.

"We know it will be tough up front, so we've got to get everything right up front so we can set a platform to express ourselves."

Leading the charge up front is captain Pat Riordan in the front row, alongside props Hubert Buydens and Jason Marshall.

Riordan is the stalwart in the front row, with both Buydens and Marshall massing a combined total of only eight caps, but Crowley is confident these three will be just one asset in a forward pack filled with grit.

With Tyler Hotson and Brian Erichsen combining at lock and Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O'Toole and Aaron Carpenter prowling at loose, Crowley believes the Canadian forwards have the potential to upset the Italian game plan.

Hotson's 17 caps will balance out Erichsen's three, while Carpenter at No. 8 is a steady anchor for the ever-improving Sinclair and O'Toole on the flanks.

"There's a lot of experience in our forward pack. I'm excited to see how the front row goes, we're looking to see where we're at with them.

"The tight five is solid and in the loose we have Carpenter who's been there a long time. Chauncey O'Toole is an outstanding player and Jebb Sinclair is in the same boat. Both of them have worked really hard over the last few years."

In the backs, Fairhurst's 42 caps will provide a calm and collected approach to unleashing Ander Monro and his exciting back line featuring Phil Mackenzie, Ryan Smith, Trainor, Ciaran Hearn and James Pritchard.

Spattered among the experience of Fairhurst, Monro, Smith and Pritchard are exciting young players which Crowley is keen to test in international waters before having to throw them into the deep end of a world cup.

While Trainor is uncapped, Crowley is confident in the centre's skills and in the ability of the experienced players around him to have a calming effect on the 21-year-old from Vancouver.

"Trainor is making a step up," Crowley said. "He's a pretty level-headed guy. The experienced guys will help the young guys find their feet. He's already got the size, pace and skill."

The bench is a similar story, mixed with youth and experience, as Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Tiedemann, Mitch Gudgeon and Nanyak Dala back up the forward back and Sean White, Mike Scholz and Matt Evans are ready to sub into the back line.

Hamilton has just one cap at hooker, while Tiedemann brings some experience and stability to the front row. Gudgeon will be looking to file into the second row and get some more playing time at the national 15s level, after trading time with the national sevens program.

Dala, an aggressive loose forward, will be looking to get back into the thick of it having not played international rugby since last year.

In the backs, White will be looking to impress as a back up to Fairhurst as the two will likely compete for the position throughout the tournament.

Former Newport Gwent Dragons player Matt Evans is in waiting for Monro, whose match fitness will likely be tested as he was recovering from injury earlier this year.

Finally in the centres, another youthful addition in uncapped Mike Scholz, will be looking to be injected into the 15s mix having already proved potent for the national sevens team earlier this year.

The team has had less than a week to work on set piece and specific systems and Crowley said this team will act as a yard stick to how their preparation has been so far and what more needs to be done.

"It takes time around defensive systems and those sorts of things," he said. "The trainings have been long to get everyone on the same page. It's coming together.

"This is the best side for this game. There's players coming off injury that we've got to manage. It's about getting the best out of the players on the day."

Canada vs Italy, Saturday June 4, Franklin's Gardens

Canada
1. Hubert Buydens
2. Pat Riordan (Captain)
3. Jason Marshall
4. Tyler Hotson
5. Brian Erichsen
6. Jebb Sinclair
7. Chauncey O'Toole
8. Aaron Carpenter
9. Ed Fairhurst
10. Ander Monro
11. Phil Mackenzie
12. Ryan Smith
13. Conor Trainor
14. Ciaran Hearn
15. James Pritchard

16. Ryan Hamilton
17. Andrew Tiedemann
18. Mitch Gudgeon
19. Nanyak Dala
20. Sean White
21. Mike Scholz
22. Matt Evans

 
Thursday, 02 June 2011 10:38    PDF Print Write e-mail
Wyles Proud of Saracens Effort
International - Americans Overseas

Chris Wyles at Twickenham after Saracens claimed the Premiership titleIt’s sunk in by now that Saracens are Aviva Premiership Champions, and USA fullback Chris Wyles, as well as Eagle lock Hayden Smith, was a big part of it.

Wyles started at outside center for Saracens in the final, a win over Leicester, much as he has done for much of the late part of the season.

“It was an incredible day for Saracens,” enthused Wyles. “It really felt like this was our season and that proved to be the case. When you consider we lost in last year's final in the last moments of the game it makes this win even sweeter.”

Wyles didn’t see too many opportunities to run with the ball in such a tight game (as most finals seem to be). But he had a lot to do on defense.

“To be honest the moment I remember most was the final whistle blowing,” Wyles told RUGBYMag.com. “The sheer excitement at that moment is something I will never forget. Brad Barritt almost blew out my knee when he jumped on me!”

Wyles has one more year left on his contract, which was the culmination of his decision in 2006 to throw his lot in with the USA, make the USA 7s team (which he did), the 15s team and the 2007 World Cup (which he did) and play a season in the USA before signing with Saracens. 

He went from a player with possibilities at Saracens to a regular, starting 27 games at wing, fullback and center.

“I feel extremely proud to be part of a championship team,” Wyles added. “For the past two years at Saracens we have set out on a path to win the premiership and to actually achieve that is unbelievably satisfying. After all, it's easy to talk about winning trophies in pre-season and in meetings, but I think people sometimes forget how hard of a process it can be.”


 


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