Serevi RugbyTown Sevens rosters announced for AIG MCAAs, Falcons, Hawks

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced its three teams to compete at the 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens at Infinity Park in Glendale Aug. 15-17.

Tony Pacheco will coach the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens, while new Men’s Eagles Sevens Assistant Coach Chris Brown and former Eagles head coach Al Caravelli will take charge of the USA Falcons and USA Hawks, respectively. Pacheco will be assisted by Evan Haigh, and Caravelli will have Eagle veteran and former High School All-American Sevens coach David Fee to call on as an assistant coach.

Pacheco’s All-Americans took home the $10,000 prize at the 2013 tournament with an undefeated record and victories against Bermuda, El Azul, Air Force, Tiger Rugby, and two against the hometown Glendale Raptors.

Only Shaun Potgieter of Arkansas State University and University of Delaware’s Glen Thommes return to Pacheco’s championship squad.

“I am excited to work with these student-athletes,” Pacheco said. “They represent some of the best in collegiate rugby.

“With 10 new players from last year’s squad we will need to use our time together efficiently to achieve success.”

The Falcons boast current and former Eagles Pat Blair, Andrew Durutalo, Nese Malifa, Ryan Matyas, Marcus Satavu, Pila Taufa, Maka Unufe, and Michael Ziegler. Perry Baker, one of the newest players in residency at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., was also selected to the team that lost out in the Bowl Final of 2013’s Serevi RugbyTown Sevens.

Arkansas State University scrumhalf and 2013 USA Rugby Emirates Airline College 7s National Championship Most Valuable Player Dillon Carrion is one of the Hawks’ 12 exciting players, which also includes Men’s Eagles High Performance Sevens camp attendee Tyler Coffman of Central Washington University.

Fifteen colleges are represented across the three teams, including D1A Finalists Saint Mary’s College and Life University.

Denver Sevens, Northeast ODA, Negro y Azul, and Glendale will also feature in Glendale with several Eagles Sevens candidates.

With the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship in Seattle, Wash., and Limerick World Club 7s in Ireland Aug. 9-10, and Premiership Rugby’s World Club 7s at Twickenham Stadium Aug. 16-17, there is no shortage of premier sevens rugby this month for players with Olympic aspirations.

San Francisco Golden Gate and New York City 7s represented the U.S. in Limerick, while New York will meet up with Elite City Sevens Champion Seattle in London for World Club 7s. Contracted Eagles and players in the national team pool make up the rosters for the three teams traveling across the pond, which will help build the pool’s résumé as the second Men’s Eagles High Performance Sevens camp draws nearer.

In selecting the MCAA, Falcons, and Hawks rosters, the goal of National Sevens Director Alex Magleby was to ensure the players with national team hopes were given the chance to play for a spot at the OTC, be it in Glendale, Seattle, Limerick, or London.

“There are plenty of opportunities for players to play their way into a future Eagles camp,” Magleby said. “We wanted to make sure the pool was covered as much as feasible where availabilities allowed, so some players were kept with their Olympic Development Academy or local club team for Club 7s or World Club 7s as opposed to bumping them into the Collegiate All-Americans, Falcons, or Hawks in Colorado.”

On top of the U.S. representative sides participating on three fronts, the United States is also sending men’s and women’s teams to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the first Olympics with Rugby Sevens on the Games Program. The 24 players between the ages of 16 and 18 will play for an Olympic medal beginning Aug. 17.

The Falcons and Hawks will open their Serevi RugbyTown Sevens campaigns against each other Friday, Aug. 15, at 2:28 P.M. MT, while the MCAAs will begin their title defense against the Royal Air Force at 3:34 P.M. MT. All matches at Infinity Park will be streamed live.

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AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens |
2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens

First Name Last Name School/Club Height Weight (lbs.)
Josh Bower Central Washington University & Seattle-OPSB 5'11" 185
Harley Davidson Life University 5'11" 180
Chris Frazier Northeastern University & New England Prime 6'3" 225
Martin Iosefo University of Montana 6'1" 215
Tonata Lauti University of Utah 5'8" 175
Kingsley McGowan Saint Mary's College 5'11" 195
Shaun Potgieter Arkansas State University 6'1" 220
Joe Reavey Saint Mary's College 5'9" 180
Adam Sandstrom Arizona State University & Chicago Lions 6'3" 210
Aladdin Schirmer Central Washington University 6'3" 225
Seb Sharpe University of California Los Angeles 5'9" 185
Glen Thommes University of Delaware & Schuylkill River 6'3" 220

AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens | Coaching Staff
Tony Pacheco - Head Coach
Evan Haigh - Coach
Eric Taber - Manager
Brian Finn - Trainer

AIG Men's Colleagiate All-American Sevens | 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens
v Royal Air Force - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 3:34 P.M. MT
v Northeast - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 6:08 P.M. MT
v Denver - Saturday, Aug. 16 @ 1:06 P.M. MT

USA Falcons | 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens

First Name Last Name School/Club Height Weight (lbs.)
Perry Baker Men's Eagles Sevens & Columbus-1823 6'1" 180
Pat Blair At Large 6'1" 220
Andrew Durutalo Men's Eagles Sevens & Seattle-OPSB 6'2" 245
Valenese Malifa Men's Eagles Sevens 5'10" 190
Ryan Matyas At Large 6'0" 190
Don Pati Park City Haggis 5'7" 180
Marcus Satavu New Haven Bulldogs 6'0" 210
Pila Taufa Men's Eagles Sevens 6'3" 205
Ryan Thompson Tempe 6'2" 200
Chris Turori OMBAC 6'4" 225
Maka Unufe Men's Eagles Sevens 6'2" 200
Michael Ziegler Men's Eagles Sevens & Columbus-1823 6'4" 230

USA Falcons | Coaching Staff
Chris Brown - Head Coach
Paul Goulding - Manager & Analyst
Brian Green - Trainer

USA Falcons | 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens
v USA Hawks - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 2:28 P.M. MT
v Negro y Azul - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 5:24 P.M. MT
v Bermuda - Saturday, Aug. 16 @ 12:00 P.M. MT

USA Hawks | 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens

First Name Last Name School/Club Height Weight (lbs.)
Christian Adams American International College 5'9" 215
Dylan Carrion Arkansas State University 5'6" 150
Tyler Coffman Central Washington University 6'3" 210
JJ Corpuz-Jackson American International College 6'2" 233
Ty Elkins Columbus-1823 6'0" 193
Brad Harrington University of California Berkeley 6'2" 195
Bubba Jones Saint Mary's College 5'9" 200
Shawn Riley Notre Dame College 5'10" 190
Kenny Scott Kansas City Blues 6'4" 210
Sam Sirrell University of California Los Angeles 5'11" 205
Max Tacket California Polytechnic State University 6'0" 205
Jimmy Wolfer St. Joseph's University 5'9" 175

USA Hawks | Coaching Staff
Al Caravelli - Head Coach
David Fee - Coach & Manager
Brian Finn - Trainer

USA Hawks | 2014 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens
v USA Falcons - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 2:28 P.M. MT
v Bermuda - Friday, Aug. 15 @ 5:46 P.M. MT
v Negro y Azul - Saturday, Aug. 16 @ 12:22 P.M. MT