Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Sevens
USA Rugby Release: Lafayette, CO.- Coaching staff recognizes honorary Men’s Collegiate All Americans Sevens recipients.
These selections are a reflection of the performances that each one of these individuals has put in for his team during the most recent college 7s season. Making this team is no easy feat, and the selection process to whittle down the player pool into this preliminary list was meticulous, to say the least.
The players selected into these squads are done so as recognition for their outstanding performances over the course of this season. This list is just the start of a busy summer for the MCAA7s program. Another selection for the MCAA 7s side to play at the RugbyTown USA 7s will come later this summer. Head Coach Steve Lewis noted, “From this list will be selected an extended squad who will go on to represent the USAR MCAA’s at the prestigious RugbyTown 7’s in Glendale in late August.”
The MCAA program has given a start to some of the most prominent figures in the Men’s national teams, players such as; Madison Hughes, Danny Barrett, and Ben Pinkelman. Lewis is excited at the prospect adding more names to that list, “Coach Macy and I look forward to preparing that team and allowing the nation’s best collegiate players to compete at the top level putting their hands up for full USA honors. The program has seen numerous players graduate “up” over the years and I am confident this year will be no different.”
Across the three teams named for DI, twenty different schools had a player recognized. The program also recognized twenty new faces after a banner year of collegiate sevens in 2017-2018. In D2, Champion Charlotte saw the most players selected, with a total of four, UW Whitewater was close behind them with three players selected.
RugbyTown 7s will be played from August 25-27 in Glendale CO and will pit the best 7s programs from America and beyond against one another. Last year, the All-Americans won the bowl while a development side from Fiji boasting several Olympians took home the cup.
The group of honorary awards can be found below:
|Mike Dabulas||Penn State|
|Duncan Van Schalkwyk||Life|
|Mike Eife||Penn State|
|Noah Niumataiwalu||St. Joes|
|John Gerard||Virginia Tech|
|Campbell Johnstone||Mount St. Mary’s|
|Austin Taefu||Grand Canyon|
|Marcus Tupuola||Notre Dame College|
|Cole Zarcone||Central Washington|
|Jack Kieran||NC State|
|Robbie Sindic||UW Whitewater|
|Levi Van Lanen||UW Whitewater|
|Shay Haase||UW Whitewater|
|John LeFevre||Old Dominion|
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