Queensland Barbarians side welcomes AIG MCAAs to final Tour stop

BRISBANE - The AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog ends Saturday night at Ballymore Stadium, where BLK Queensland Premier Rugby Barbarians awaits for an 80-minute clash.

The Tour has ramped up to this point, as the MCAAs beat a young Darling Downs Select Side team in Toowoomba in the first match before facing a much more polished Brothers Rugby Club side this past Wednesday. The Barbarians team will have veteran experience eclipsing that of the MCAAs, with players hailing from each of the nine Queensland Premier clubs - an all-star team, in a sense.

Tour captain Aladdin Schirmer reclaims his starting role at No. 8 in Head Coach Gavin Hickie's side. The Central Washington University Wildcat came on as a second-half substitute Wednesday and aided the MCAAs' comeback bid with a try and multiple assists, though the team ultimately succumbed to a late penalty goal from Brothers. Conor Kearns was another influential reserve in the loss, and returns to the fly half position behind Nick Boyer of University of California, Berkeley.

Saint Mary's College's Dino Waldren earns his first start for the MCAAs in the front row, and Gael teammate and Dave Sitton Memorial Trophy winner Dylan Audsley - who has accounted for 16 points in two matches - will sweep the back line wearing No. 15. Lindenwood University's Deion Mikesell and Brigham Young University's Tua Laei have already accumulated two tries Down Under, and Saturday's match will mark the first time on Tour the two will patrol the wings together.

"It's great for the players from America to get experience with the game out here in Australia and for our boys it's an opportunity for them to get [rewarded] at the end of the season playing against a touring side from another country," Barbarians Head Coach Nick Fogarty told Redsrugby.com.au.

The final match of the AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog will be broadcast live from Ballymore Stadium by DoubleTake Productions at 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday. The online stream can be found on the Tour Facebook page.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v. Queensland Premier Barbarians
1. Mason Pedersen
2. Alex Vorster
3. Dino Waldren
4. Malon Al-Jiboori
5. Vili Helu
6. Wes Hartmann
7. Zach Bonte
8. Aladdin Schirmer (C)
9. Nick Boyer
10. Conor Kearns
11. Deion Mikesell
12. Cody Melphy
13. Bryce Campbell
14. Tua Laei
15. Dylan Audsley

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Reserves
16. Chad Gough
17. Chance Wenglewski
18. Alex Maughan
19. Matt Jensen
20. Kevin O'Connor
21. Roland Blackiston
22. Scott Dean
23. Vetekina Malafu

Queensland Premier Barbarians | v. AIG MCAAs
1. Garrath Ryan
2. Francois Postal
3. Trent Anderson
4. Matt Bennett
5. Sam Fattal
6. Jayden Rodwell
7. Max Allen
8. Michael Richards
9. Nick Chapman
10. Teti Tela
11. Gus Qasavakatini
12. Stevie Hunt
13. Dan Faumuina
14. Conrad Quick
15. Waylen Skipps

Queensland Premier Barbarians | Reserves
16. Sam Clifton
17. Cody Blackhurst
18. Tererina McLean
19. Pat Morrey
20. Conor Anderson
21. Billy Thompson
22. Ed Gibson
23. Jeremy Skelton

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog
v. Darling Downs Select Side - W 31-17
v. Brothers Rugby Football Club - L 36-34
v. Queensland Premier Barbarians - Saturday, Aug. 13 @ 5:30 a.m. ET