2018 Rugbytown 7s: Falcons & Collegiate All-Americans

Modified USA Rugby Release

Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens’ (MCAA 7s) Head Coach Steve Lewis and Men’s Falcons’ Head Coach JD Stephenson have named their squads for the annual RugbyTown Sevens tournament at Infinity Park on August 24-26 in Glendale, Colorado.

The Men’s Collegiate All-Americans 7s team hope to improve upon last year’s fifth-place finish. The team has athletes from 11 different programs. The Men’s Falcons appear for the first time since 2014 and include three senior Men’s Sevens players and five athletes named to the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Rugby team. Men’s Sevens’ Ben Pinkelman will serve as an Assistant Coach for the Falcons, as well. Tickets to see both the All-Americans and the Falcons may be purchased at rugbytown7s.com with a live stream available at rugbytown.us/stream.

Fourteen Collegiate All-Americans were selected with Jihad Khabir, Christian Rodriguez, and Zach Young returning from last year’s 25-7 Bowl victory over the Atavus All-Stars. Two players that played for the team last year were unavailable with Lorenzo Thomas injured and Jake Lachina having service obligations.

“Coach Macy and I cast a very wide net, watched a great deal of film, and had multiple conversations with both the national team and collegiate coaches before selecting this group,” said Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens’ Head Coach Steve Lewis. “We are looking forward to working with this squad and seeing who’s got the talent and desire to step up to the next level.”

The Falcons side includes Chris Mattina, Nick Boyer, and Naima Fualaau, who have played in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Junior Waqavesi, Johnny Mahe, Alex Cleary, Tyren Al-Jiboori and Lauina Falatea will also be part of the team along with being selected to the U.S. men’s team for the upcoming Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. The 13-man crew will give the Falcons their first RugbyTown Sevens appearance since their 2014 Cup victory.

“We have a great combination of experience and youth selected for RugbyTown Sevens,” said Head Coach JD Stephenson, “with a collective team age of under-21, it’s an exciting opportunity for the playing group. The coaching staff is excited to get on the ground and get to work with these players.”

The MCAA 7s are drawn in Pool B, facing Sacramento Eagles, Washington Athletic, Denver Sevens Selects and Bermuda Sevens. The Falcons, drawn in Pool D, will take on the 2017 runner-up Ramblin Jesters, N.A. Tsunami Barbarians, British Army, and the Cayman Islands. Pool play will begin on Day One with knockout rounds commencing on Day Two. A champion will be crowned on Day Three.

Tickets to see the Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens and the Men’s Falcons at RugbyTown Sevens start at only $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Pool play matches begin on Friday, Aug. 24 with a live stream available at rugbytown.us/stream.

MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS ROSTER

PLAYER NAMESCHOOL
Philip DalkeUnited States Naval Academy
Nick FeakesLindenwood University
Justin JohnsonLife University
Jihad KhabirAmerican International College
Aaron MatthewsSt. Mary’s College of California
Deion MikesellLindenwood University
D’Montae NobleKutztown University
Thomas RoblesUniversity of California, Berkeley
Cristian RodriguezLindenwood University
Kyle RogersUniversity of Arizona
Cameron TroxlerLouisiana State University
Marcus TupuolaNotre Dame College
Harley WheelerLife University
Zach YoungArkansas State University

MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Steve Lewis
Asst Coach | Josh Macy
Manager | Ethan Pougnet

MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS’ SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 24
vs Sacramento Eagles
11:40 AM MT

vs Washington Athletic
3:00 PM MT

vs Denver Sevens
8:20 PM MT

Saturday, Aug. 25
vs Bermuda Sevens
11:40 AM MT

MEN’S FALCONS ROSTER

PlayerSchool/Club
Tyren Al-JibooriUnion Rugby
Nick BoyerUSA Men’s Sevens
Ben BroselleUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Maceo BrownGrand Canyon University
Alex ClearyChuckanut Bay Rugby
Lauina FalateaKahuku Rugby
Chris FrazierMystic River Rugby
Naima FualaauUSA Men’s Sevens
Vili HeluSt Mary’s College
Johnny MaheKahuku Rugby
Chris MattinaUSA Men’s Sevens
Devin ShortSan Diego Legion
Inoke WaqavesiC.K. McClatchy Lions

MEN’S FALCONS STAFF

Head Coach | JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach | Adriaan Ferris
Assistant Coach | Ben Pinkelman
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Team Manager | Frank Palumbo

MEN’S FALCONS SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 24

vs. Ramblin Jesters
1:10 PM MT

vs N.A. Tsunami Barbarians
4:30 PM MT

vs British Army
9:00 PM MT

Saturday, Aug. 25
vs Cayman Islands
1:10 PM MT


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