All Americans, Falcons Set For RugbyTown 7s

Christian Rodriguez On The Bus

Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens head coach Steve Lewis and Men's Falcons head coach JD Stephenson have named their squads for the annual RugbyTown Sevens tournament hosted at Infinity Park on August 24-26 in Glendale, CO.

The MCAA 7s will bring athletes from 11 different collegiate programs to improve on last year's fifth-place finish. The Men's Falcons appear for the first time in four years; bringing 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. 

Of the 14 All-Americans selected, Jihad Khabir, Christian Rodriguez and Zach Young all return from last year's 25-7 Bowl victory (fifth-place) over the Atavus All-Stars. 2017 standout Lorenzo Thomas was unavailable due to injury while Jake Lachina will miss the tournament due to service obligations.

"Coach Macy and I cast a very wide net, watched a great deal of film, and had multiple conversations with both 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."

On the Falcons' side, Chris Mattina, Nick Boyer and Naima Fualaau bring experience from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Junior Waqavesi, Johnny Mahe, Alex Cleary, Tyren Al-Jiboori and Lauina Falatea all also join after being nominated 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 Cayman Islands. Pool play will begin on Day One with knockout rounds commencing on Day Two. A champion will be crowned on Day Three.

MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS ROSTER

PLAYER NAME

SCHOOL

Philip Dalke

United States Naval Academy

Nick Feakes

Lindenwood University

Justin Johnson

Life University

Jihad Khabir

American International College

Aaron Matthews

St. Mary's College of California

Deion Mikesell

Lindenwood University

D'Montae Noble

Kutztown University

Thomas Robles

University of California, Berkeley

Cristian Rodriguez

Lindenwood University

Kyle Rogers

University of Arizona

Cameron Troxler

Louisiana State University

Marcus Tupuola

Notre Dame College

Harley Wheeler

Life University

Zach Young

Arkansas State University



MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Steve Lewis

Asst Coach | Josh Macy

Manager | Ethan Pougnet



MEN'S FALCONS ROSTER 

Player

School/Club

Tyren Al-Jiboori

Union Rugby

Nick Boyer

USA Men's Sevens

Ben Broselle

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Maceo Brown

Grand Canyon University

Alex Cleary

Chuckanut Bay Rugby

Lauina Falatea

Kahuku Rugby

Chris Frazier

Mystic River Rugby

Naima Fualaau

USA Men's Sevens

Vili Helu

St Mary's College

Johnny Mahe

Kahuku Rugby

Chris Mattina

USA Men's Sevens

Devin Short

San Diego Legion

Inoke Waqavesi

C.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


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