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All American Men Announce 2014 Schedule
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BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby has announced summer plans for it's Men's Collegiate All Americans program.

The team will stay in the United States, assembling at a four-day selection camp at Merrimack College in Boston, Mass., June 12-16.

All Americans toured New Zealand in 2013. Joan Shepherd photo.Following that, the All Americans will play a two-game series with Cambridge University of England, and one game against the Ontario Blues.

From the selection camp in Boston, 35 players will be selected for the four-match domestic tour. The MCAAs will host Cambridge University at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, June 21, while a second-side match against the Collegiate Barbarians, made up of university students in Ontario, will also take place.

The All Americans will then head to Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., just outside of Boston for the second game against Cambridge University on June 25. Three days later, the All Americans will play the Ontario Blues on June 28.

The All American coaching staff will work closely with the other national team coaching staffs to ensure players identified get the opportunity to advance through the player pathway.

"This year's All-American assembly will start with a selection camp that will allow us to take a look at a wide range of players hoping to earn the privilege of wearing the Collegiate All-American jersey this summer," said Head Coach and former Cal All American Matt Sherman. "The final selected squad will have an opportunity to test itself against challenging international opposition on domestic soil."

The MCAAs went 1-2 during its New Zealand tour last year with a win and loss against a combined New Zealand Universities side and a close loss to Wairarapa Bush RFC.

USA Men's Collegiate All-Americans Summer 2014 Schedule
All-American Selection Camp – Merrimack College – Boston, Mass. – June 12-16
V Cambridge University – Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH – June 21
V Cambridge University – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 25
V Ontario Blues – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 28

USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-American Coaching Staff
Matt Sherman – Head Coach
Gavin Hickie – Forward Coach
Phillip Eloff – Back Coach
Craig Brown – Manager
Chris Mizer - Trainer

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Sunday, 01 December 2013 19:29    PDF Print Write e-mail
All American Women Downed by Rennes
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All Americans v RenneThe Women's All Americans lost the second game of their tour of France with a 46-21 defeat to Rennes Saturday at Stade Alain Crubille.

Rennes exerted some physical dominance early and led 34-0 at halftime.

But two tries from Kristen Thomas and one from Erin Overcash made for a more successful second half for the tourists.

Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 29 November 2013 00:02    PDF Print Write e-mail
All American Women Win Tour Opener
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The USA Women's Collegiate All Americans came back to defeat the Paris-Bobigny club 20-19 in the first game of their European tour.

The hosts scored twice in the first hald to lead 12-0. But a long run from Oregon State's Hannah Lockwood got the All Americans close and James Madison fullback Stephanie Goetz scored to make it 12-5 for Paris-Bobigny.

The All Americans inched closer after Jacie Vonada of South Dakota State put her team on the front foot with a big run, and Central Florida's Kristen Thomas raced in to make it 12-10.

The Parisiens scored to extend their slim lead 19-10, with with just a few minutes left, Lockwood touched down, with UCLA's Noorin Dorosti kicking the conversion to inch the All Americans closer at 19-17.

Then, with a minute left on the clock, the All Americans pressured once more, and earned a penalty. Dorosti knocked over the penalty to give her side their first lead of the day.

All Americans 20
Tries: Goetz, Vonada, Lockwood
Convs: Dorosti
Pens: Dorosti

Paris-Bobogny 19

Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 21 August 2013 23:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Impress in Serevi Win
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For the second year in a row a team from the USA national team setup won the Serevi RugbyTown 7s; last year it was the USA Falcons, and this year, it’s the Collegiate All Americans.

The All Americans celebrate with a giant check. Photo courtesy Infinity Park.With no national all-star championship anymore, this tournament is the only opportunity for the All Americans to play, and play they did. They executed brilliantly, passing with accuracy, running smart lines, making their tackles, and putting aside any setbacks without getting down on themselves.

The performance was athletic, exciting, and, above all, mature.

“We did execute really well,” said Head Coach Tony Pacheco. “The guys played great and I think they were the most consistent team at the tournament. All of the guys are talented, but when you get an assembly like this, what you want is to get them buying into the same idea, the way we want to play. They did that. They saw the value in what we wanted to do and we went out and executed.”

Madison Hughes was brilliant, once again showing a startling turn of pace, great sidestepping ability – always with the ball in two hands, ready for the pass – and physicality.

“Madison is not a tall guy but he’s well put together and very strong,” said Pacheco. “Most opponents look at him and go straight at him, but he often makes them look silly.”

Hughes just finished his sophomore year at Dartmouth, and he combined with rising sophomores Tanner Barnes and Steve Thomasin as youngsters who have a lot more to give on the national 7s stage.

“What was great about all of these guys is that they played fast, but patiently as well,” added Pacheco. “A lot of college 7s is played at a million miles an hour, but they weren’t like that. We preached patience in attack and depth and angles, and they got the message.”

Barnes is part of a slew of Central Washington University players or alumni who have been big in 7s this summer, what with Patrick Blair, Kellen Gordon and Tim Stanfill helping Seattle-OPSB win a national club title, and Max Narewski and Barnes being a big part of a strong Chicago Lions squad. Blair does seem to have the ability to be a national team grafter in the mold of New Zealand’s DJ Forbes. Danny Barrett from Cal has elevated his game this year, and still others impressed.

“I was really happy with the way the Falcons played as well,” said Pacheco. The USA development group lost in the Bowl Final to Azul y Negro. But Jack McAuliffe raised his stock once again over the weekend and Oregon State’s Pono Haitsuka was something of a find in Glendale.

As for the All Americans, there were a lot of strong performances. Zac Mizell got hurt on the first day, but played well. Garrett Bender might have been rushed to the national team before, but is working his way back. Shaun Potgeiter, Joe Cowley, Glen Thommes and Ryan Roundy all have much to offer, and ZInzan Elan-Puttick was excellent for Arkansas State in 7s, and picked up where he left off with the All Americans.

The All Americans won $10,000 and an invitation to the Coral Coast 7s in Fiji in November. While they won’t be able to go to Fiji – it’s in the middle of the semester – the ten grand will come in handy, as the players paid to attend the event. The money will go toward ameliorating player costs.

Overall, this victory, following on the heels of last year’s win in the last 7s NASC, shows that the best college players can handle themselves against top men’s teams. Only one opponent, Tiger Rugby, really tested them. None beat them.

All Americans Roster
Glen Thommes
Garrett Bender
Patrick Blair
Shaun Potgieter
Ryan Roundy
Zinzan Elan-Puttick
Madison Hughes
Joe Cowley
Zac Mizell
Tanner Barnes
Steve Tomasin
Ryan Matyas

Pool Play
All Americans 54, Bermuda 7
All Americans 42, Azul y Negro 12
All Americans 26, Raptors 15

Cup Quarterfinals
All Americans 43 Air Force 0

Cup Semifinals
All Americans 19, Tiger Rugby 14

Cup Final
All Americans 31, Glendale Raptors 12

Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 22 June 2013 22:40    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Impressive in Victory
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The USA Rugby Collegiate All Americans got some measure of revenge against New Zealand Universities Saturday, as they capped off their three-match tour of New Zealand with an emphatic 34-11 victory in Wellington.

All Americans (in blue) did an excellent job recycling possession in the tough conditions. Joan Shepherd photos.The All Americans had lost 17-10 to the same New Zealand Universities outfit just after arriving in-country, and then lost 30-23 to the Wairarapa-Bush club in mid-week.

This game was seen as the culmination of the tour, and despite the cold and very wet conditions, the All Americans defended superbly and ran in five tries to win.

Early on things didn't look so swift as the Americans were consistently penalized for a variety of infractiond around the breakdown.

NZU opted for points twice in the first 15 minutes, missing one and making another.

But right from the restart the All Americans regained some momentum. Flyhalf Pat Sullivan ran around the weakside to score and put the tourists up 5-3. Moments later, some good work by loose forwards Ryan Roundy and Kyle Sumsion - both of BYU - put the New Zealanders under pressure and forced an infringement. Fullback Joe Cowley booted the ball over for the 8-3 lead.

That was it for scoring until just before halftime. Consistent work on offense put NZU under more pressure, and they backpedaled furously, but were unable to hold off the Americans. The captain, Roundy, bulled over just before the halftime whistle, and Cowley's conversion put the All Americans in command 15-3.

That last try was a big one, said All American Head Coach Matt Sherman. But there was some concern as the All Americans had enjoyed the lion's share of territory while playing with the win. As it turned out, playing against the wind was just was the tourists' forwards wanted.

Six minutes into the second half, Cal loose forward Danny Barrett, lurking in the #1 channel, took a nifty inside ball from Sullivan and ran in to score after a periods of sustain pressure and snappy recycling. Cowley hit the conversion to make it 22-3. New Zealand Universities kicked a penalty to make it 22-6, but seven minutes later, a counter-attack led to a try. The All Americans were stopped just inside the NZU 22, but a quick ball from scrumhalf Jake McFadden to the onrushing lock John Cullen saw the Utah powerhouse rumble through several tacklers to score.

Cowley was again good on the conversion and the All Americans led 29-6.

Then Life University prop Paris Hollis, who has had a superb spring, picked and crashed over from close-in. New Zealand Universities scored their first try with five minutes to go, but it was a dominant performance from the Americans.

"It was a strong second half," said Sherman. "We were very physical and disciplined with ball in hand to keep possession into the wind. We made good kicking choices and controlled game with wind against us. Very good defensive pressure and physicality."

Sherman said this was without a doubt the team's best performance on tour.

"It was pleasing to see the team make significant improvements in the areas we set out to improve, particularly as it related to playing in the poor conditions," continued Sherman. "Our set pieces improved dramatically. We made better decisions with the ball in hand and were able to retain possession while also speeding up our ruck ball, and defensively we were organized, committed, and very physical."

Sherman said the team learned a lot from the first two games, especially "that a good performance wasn¹t going to be enough to win down here. We had to dominate in most categories, minimize mistakes and capitalize on opportunities, and be fully committed in both effort and focus. I think we got that today throughout the entire team."

The All American forward, in particular, were strong, with man of the match Sumsion, who has been lights out since January, and Roundy and Barrett rounded out an excellent back row effort.

Cullen, still relatively new to rugby after a period of years playing football (see the February issue of RUGBY Magazine ... here's pdf reprint so you can see the sort of article you're missing if you're not a subscriber), and Lawrenson were imposing at second row on offense, defense, and in the rucks.

All Americans
1. Paris Hollis, Life University
2. Michael Shepherd, Utah
3. Angus MacClellan, Davenport
4. Michael Lawrenson, Kutztown
5. John Cullen, Utah
6. Danny Barrett, Cal
7. Kyle Sumsion, BYU
8. Ryan Roundy (capt.), BYU
9. Jake McFadden, Life
10. Pat Sullivan, Arkansas State
11. Jake Anderson, Cal
12. Michael Haley, St. Mary’s
13. JP Eloff, Davenport
14. Madison Hughes, Dartmouth
15. Joe Cowley, Life

16. Glen Maricelli, Life (for Shepherd at 64)
17. Eric Parson, Cal Poly (for MacClellan at 64)
18. Shaun Potgeiter, Arkansas State (for Roundy at 68)
19. Jordan Badia-Bellinger, Claremont Colleges (for Lawrenson at 62)
20. Randy Pati, Utah (for McFadden at 62)
21. Stephen Tomasin, San Diego State (for Sullivan at 61)
22. Josh Tucker, Cal (for Hughes at 59)
New Zealand Universities
1. Morgan Poi, Old Boys University
2. Ben Murtha, Napier Pirates
3. Zek Sopaga, Old Boys University
4. Regan Hunt, Old Boys University
5. Marcel Renata, Auckland University
6. Tom Hughes, Massey University
7. Alex Wilson, Napier Pirates
8. Josh Dickson, Otago University
9. Aaron McPhee, Napier Pirates
10. Jes Verstegen, North Harbour Marist (Massey)
11. Andrew Jones, Canterbury University
12. Joel Duffy, Lincoln University – Captain
13. George Vance, Otago University
14. Jonathan Ruru, Napier Pirates
15. Clayton Stewart, Massey University

Reserves: 16. Jake Holmes, Waikato University; 17. Rob Sullivan, Canterbury University; 18. Sam McCahon, Waikato University; 19. James Raea, Auckland University; 20. Tim Smith, Old Boys University; 21. Jonte Lexmond, Otago University; 22. Broc Hooper, Lincoln University

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