Wednesday Rewatch: 2018 Collegiate All-Americans Demolish Glendale Raptors

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In the summer of 2018, 83 men's collegiate rugby players were invited to a week-long selection camp as they aimed to secure a place on the Collegiate All-Americans side. 

The camp, led by CAA head coach James Willocks, was designed to filter the group to just 37 players, who were to then play an exhibition against the 2018 MLR runner-up Glendale Raptors. The boys spent the first two days doing skills and testing exercises, before being divided into four teams which were to each play one scrimmage on the fourth day. 

60 players were chosen from D1A, a whopping 24 of which came from the Mid-South, while eight came from D1AA, seven from D2, and six from NSCRO. 


Current St. Bonaventure and former Life University head coach Tui Osborne, current Houston Sabercats skills coach and former USA Eagle Paul Emerick, and current Life Men's Club head coach Blake Bradford filled out the assistant coaching roles, while Tom Kindley served as Strength and Conditioning coach, James Harrison as Performance Analyst, and Kevin McCory as Team Manager. 

Here are the 37 players who suited up to clobber the Raptors 55-10 at the culmination of the week-long camp. 

Berrisford, JamieLockLife University
Dabulas, MikeFly-halfPenn State University
Day, JacksonPropWestern Michigan University
De Waal, MichaelFlankerLindenwood University
Engelhart, OliverScrumhalfDartmouth College
Feakes, NickFly-halfLindenwood University
Harmon, MatthewPropLife University
Hunkin-Clark, TommyLockAmerican International College
Irimescu, RobHookerPenn State University
Koroi, MaciuNo. 8Life University
Maree, TaboFlankerArkansas State University
Mascolo, SantiagoNo. 8Iona College
Matarazzo, MichaelLockUniversity of Notre Dame
Matthews, AaronCenter/FullbackSaint Mary's College
Maughan, AlexPropLife University
May, MalcolmLockPenn State University
McNerney, ConnorNo 8United States Naval Academy
Mikesell, DeionWingLindenwood
Mteto, AnelisaCenter/WingIowa Central Community College
Muntanga, BrianHookerLife University
Phelan, GeorgeFullbackLife University
Rees, RyanScrum-halfLife University
Rodriguez, ChristianFullback/WingLindenwood University
Rogers, KyleFullbackUniversity of Arizona
Scarcella, MichaelCenterIona College
Sullivan, KevinPropUniversity of California, Berkeley
Trotter, KevinFullbackPenn State University
Tupuola, MarcusFullback/WingNotre Dame College
Van Schalkwyk, DuncanFly-halfLife University
Wenglewski, ChancePropLindenwood University
Wheeler, HarleyWingLife University
White, WesleyNo. 8Lindenwood University
Wilcox, ToshFlankerBrigham Young University (BYU)
Wilson, MitchellCenterLife University
Yacoubian, SeanScrum-halfSaint Mary’s College
Young, ZacharyCenterArkansas State University

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