AIG MCAA roster announced for New Zealand Tour

BOULDER, Colo. - USA Rugby AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans Head Coach Matt Sherman has released the MCAA travel roster for the upcoming New Zealand Tour this month. The MCAAs will play two matches against New Zealand University and one against Wairarapa Bush.

Fifty-five of the best collegiate rugby players convened at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., from June 7-10 for a selection camp, and Sherman and the coaching staff had to choose 28 to travel to New Zealand. This is the first tour for the MCAAs since their Ireland Tour last August. The MCAAs defeated Connacht Rugby Development XV 19-17 before losing 14-29 to Leinster Academy.

"As one of the top rugby nations in the world, we know our opposition will be tough and experienced," Sherman said.

A few players considered for the tour include Nick Wallace, Cameron Dolan, Will Holder and Seamus Kelly, who were all selected to travel with the Men's Eagles for their summer tour. Sherman hopes players in this touring side will eventually make the move to the senior national team.

"The main objective of our program is to identify and develop players for the senior national team by mirroring the Eagles international experience and challenges. We come together as a team in a brief amount of time, cross an ocean, and play difficult competition," Sherman said.

"While the objective of the program is somewhat individual based, the objective of each year's team and tour is to develop into the strongest team possible, improve to our maximum capabilities and perform to our highest standard. I think we feel that if we do that we can win games. Performance will always be our primary focus, but we will move forward with the mentality that every time we step on the field we're competing to win."

Seventeen players are making their first appearance for the MCAAs, a sign Sherman says rugby is growing in America. Seven players from the D1A National Championship Final will also be traveling to New Zealand, with five players from champion Life University and two from runner-up Saint Mary's College.

"More players are coming in with high school experience, collegiate programs are developing players at a higher level and playing at a higher level than before, and better athletes are being attracted to the sport," Sherman said. "We are seeing the results of improved daily training environments across the country in collegiate rugby, and both the quality of player and the quantity of those quality players is improving."

The MCAAs will open their tour against New Zealand University in Palmerston North June 16 before traveling to Masterton to take on Heartland Championship club Wairarapa Bush June 19. The tour will culminate with another match against New Zealand University June 22 in Wellington.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans Travel Squad | New Zealand Tour

PlayerHeightWeightYearSchool
Jake Anderson6'2"207JuniorUniversity of California Berkeley
Jordan Badia-Bellinger6'1"230SeniorClaremont Colleges
Daniel Barrett6'3"230SeniorUniversity of California
Jeremiah Cariaga5'10"180SeniorLife University
Joseph Cowley6'2"195SeniorLife University
John Cullen6'5"265SeniorUniversity of Utah
Jean Eloff5'10"180JuniorDavenport
Alec Gletzer6'220JuniorUniversity of California Berkeley
Michael Haley5'11"210SeniorSaint Mary's College
Paris Hollis6'230JuniorLife University
Madison Hughes5'9"175SophomoreDartmouth College
Benjamin Landry6'5"255JuniorUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Michael Lawrenson6'7"250JuniorKutztown University
Clint Lemkus6'2"225FreshmanCentral Washington University
Hugh MacLellan6'1"245SeniorDavenport University
Glen Maricelli5'9"215JuniorLife University
Timothy Maupin6'1"206SeniorSaint Mary's College
Jacob McFadden5'9"180JuniorLife University
Zachary Mizell6'3"190SeniorArkansas State
Eric Parsons5'11"245JuniorCal Poly-SLO
Randy Pati5'7"190JuniorUniversity of Utah
Shaun Potgieter6'1"215JuniorArkansas State University
Ryan Roundy6'1"220SeniorBrigham Young University
Michael Shepherd6'1"238SeniorUniversity of Utah
Gabriel Sochanek5'7"210JuniorDavenport University
Patrick Sullivan6'4"225SeniorArkansas State
Kyle Sumsion6'2"230JuniorBrigham Young University
Stephen Tomasin5'10"205FreshmanSan Diego State University
Joshua Tucker5'8"197SeniorUniversity of California Berkeley

Players from camp not selected

PlayerHeightWeightYearSchool
Barnaby Audsley6'195JuniorOcidental College
Tanner Barnes5'10"200SophomoreCentral Washington University
Garrett Brewer6'4"220SeniorSaint Mary's College
Jackson Bristol6'6"220JuniorAir Force Academy
Matias Cima6'205JuniorUniversity of Maryland
Pierre Courpron6'5"225SophomoreUCLA
Brendan Cox5'11"185SeniorUniversity of Colorado
Brendan Daly6'4"240SeniorUniversity of California Berkeley
Morgan Findlay5'10"187SophomoreLindenwood University
Dean Gericke6'2"206SeniorArkansas State
James Gregory6'230SeniorKutztown University
Ryne Haitsuka5'8"175JuniorOregon State University
Ryan Hargraves5'10"185SeniorDavenport University
Alexander Hodgkinson6'2"185FreshmanSyracuse University
Jaime Kelm5'9"205SeniorSan Diego State
Richard Kessler6'1"210SophomoreUniversity of Notre Dame
Sean Kilfoyle5'9"170Junioruniversity of Colorado
Ryan Matyas6'185FreshmanUniversity of Arizona
Daniel Metcalf6'4"240JuniorPenn State University
Tanner Mohr6'240SeniorUniversity of California Berkeley
Broderick Neel-Feller5'9"185JuniorUnited States Naval Academy
Michael O'Neill6'220JuniorSaint Mary's College
Grant Penney5'4"140JuniorUCLA
Michael Shea5'11"200SeniorSan Diego State
Glen Thommes6'3"210SophomoreUniversity of Delaware
Zachery Walker6'1"255SeniorLife University
Christopher Wernli5'11"220JuniorBrigham Young University

Players considered but not available for selection

PlayerSchool
Tim AckerKutztown University
Paul BoscoUniversity of California
Jordan BoueySaint Mary's College
Cameron DolanLife University
Morgan FindlayLindenwood University
Ray ForresterBrigham Young University
Dean GerickeArkansas State University
Willam HolderArmy
Seamus KellyUniversity of California, Berkeley
Hoseki KofeBrigham Young University
Kaleikaumaka KonradSan Diego State University
Paul LasikeBrigham Young University
Tonata LautiUniversity of Utah
Jonny LinehanBrigham Young University
Anthony LombardoUniversity of California
Sean MakiBrigham Young University
Jack McAuliffeNavy
Kingsly McGowanSaint Mary's College
Kirk PretoriusArkansas State University
Sebastian SharpUCLA
Sam SirrelUCLA
Gerhard VeitUniversity of Central Florida
Spencer VickeryUniversity of Utah
Nick WallaceSaint Mary's College

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Coaching Staff
Matt Sherman - Head Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick - Forwards Coach
Phillip Eloff - Backs Coach
Craig Brown - Manager

"We come together as a team in a brief amount of time, cross an ocean, and play difficult competition."