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Fifty-three players wrapped up the All American camp at Occidental College today, with 28 flying out tonight to New Zealand for a three-match tour.

Head Coach Matt Sherman said the camp was extremely successful, and stressed that the 25 players who are not making the trip should not be discouraged.

“No one who came here didn’t belong,” he said. “We are getting more and more players with a solid grounding in the game from playing in high school as well as college. We’re getting guys who have seven or eight years of good rugby, and the credit goes to all the high school and college coaches who are doing such a good job.”

The squad will be without the likes of Seamus Kelly, Cam Dolan, Nick Wallace and Will Holder, who are with the senior USA team. Sherman shrugged off those unavailabilities, saying, “that’s the purpose of all of this. We’re happy for them.”

The team came together Saturday night to watch the USA men's team play Ireland, and Sherman pointed out that three players on the USA squad were recent All Americans.

"To show the guys, hey, there are three guys on the field for the Eagles who were where you are just a year ago really brings it home as to what they can do," said Sherman. "They really understood what can happen if they perform."

A few players surprised in how they showed at the camp. Among them was highly-regarded Cal flanker Alec Gletzer, who had a strong season for the Bears, and a superb camp. Gletzer is a higher-energy flanker with plenty of skill. That he played well isn’t that much of a surprise, but the performance of San Diego State freshman Stephen Tomasin was.

Sherman used to coach at San Diego State and people he knows there nagged him to invite Tomasin. The youngster, who came to the fore a little late to get a U20 look, was invited to camp when a place opened up, and now, at 18, is on the tour squad.

The All Americans will play three matches in New Zealand, two against a New Zealand Universities squad that will likely be a development team, and one match against a Wairarapa Bush men’s 15.

The team will arrive in New Zealand on June 12 local time, get a few days to acclimate, and play their first match June 16.

“This is going to be a good, competitive tour,” said Sherman.

All-American Touring Team




First Name Last Name Year School
Forwards


Paris Hollis Junior Life University
Michael Lawrenson Junior Kutztown University
Glen Maricelli Junior Life University
Gabriel Sochanek Junior Davenport University
Clint Lemkus Freshman Central Washington University
Alec Gletzer Junior California
Ryan Roundy Senior BYU
Shaun Potgieter Junior Arkansas State University
Eric Parsons Junior Cal Poly- SLO
Michael Shepherd Senior University of Utah
John Cullen Senior University of Utah
kyle sumsion Junior BYU
Daniel Barrett Senior California
Benjamin Landry Junior UW Whitewater
Jordan Badia-Bellinger Senior Claremont Colleges




Backs


Stephen Tomasin Freshman San Diego State
Colton Cariaga Senior Life University
Zachary Mizell Senior Arkansas State
Jacob McFadden Junior Life University
Madison Hughes Sophomore Dartmouth College
JP Eloff Junior Davenport
Jake Anderson Junior California
Joseph Cowley Senior Life University
Michael Haley Senior Saint Mary's College
Randy Pati Junior Utah
Patrick Sullivan Senior Arkansas State
Timothy Maupin Senior St. Mary's College
Josh Tucker Senior California




Matt Sherman- Head Coach

Justin Fitzpatrick- Forwards Coach
Phillip Eloff- Backs Coach

Craig Brown- Manager

Chris Mizer- AT



AA CAMP ATTENDEES and NON-AVAILABLE




First Name Last Name Year in School School
Forwards


Paris Hollis Junior Life
Michael Lawrenson Junior Kutztown
Glen Thommes Sophomore Delaware
Ryan Hargraves Senior Davenport
Glen Maricelli Junior Life
Gabriel Sochanek Junior Davenport
Jaime Kelm Senior San Diego State
Richard Kessler Sophomore Notre Dame
Clint Lemkus Freshman Central Washington
Michael Shea Senior San Diego State
Alec Gletzer Junior California
Tanner Mohr Senior California
Ryan Roundy Senior BYU
Brendan Daly Senior California
James Gregory Senior Kutztown
Shaun Potgieter Junior Arkansas State
Eric Parsons Junior Cal Poly- SLO
Pierre Courpron Sophomore UCLA
Michael Shepherd Senior Utah
Zachery Walker Senior Life
Daniel Metcalf Junior Penn State
John Cullen Senior Utah
kyle sumsion Junior BYU
Daniel Barrett Senior California
Jackson Bristol Junior Air Force Academy
Benjamin Landry Junior UW Whitewater
Hugh MacLellan Senior Davenport
Jordan Badia-Bellinger Senior Claremont Colleges
Michael O'Neill Junior Saint Mary's College




Backs


Jeremiah Cariaga Senior Life
Grant Penney Junior UCLA
Zachary Mizell Senior Arkansas State
Sean Kilfoyle Junior Colorado
Jacob McFadden Junior Life
Garrett Brewer Senior St.Marys
Tanner Barnes Sophomore Centra Washington
Matias CIma Junior Maryland
Madison Hughes Sophomore Dartmouth College
JP Eloff Junior Davenport
Broderick Neel-Feller Junior United States Naval Academy
Jake Anderson Junior California
Christopher Wernli Junior BYU
Joseph Cowley Senior Life
Michael Haley Senior Saint Mary's College
Randy Pati Junior UofU
Patrick Sullivan Senior Arkansas State
Ryan Matyas Freshmen Arizona
Timothy Maupin Senior St. Mary's College
Barnaby Audsley Junior Occidental College
Brendan Cox Senior Colorado
Josh Tucker Senior California
Alexander Hodgkinson Freshmen Syracuse
Ryne Haitsuka Junior Oregon State
Steven Thomasin Freshmen San Diego State




Forwards Considered But Not Available
Spencer Vickery

Jordan Bouey

Ray Forrester

Nick Wallace
( selected to travel with SMNT)
Cam Dolan
( selected to travel with SMNT)
Kirk Pretorius

Gerhard Veit
Backs Considered But Not Available
Sean Maki BYU
Paul Bosco Cal
Willam Holder Army ( selected to travel with SMNT)
Kaleikaumaka Konrad SDSU
Jonny Linehan BYU
Jack McAuliffe Navy
Seamus Kelly Cal ( selected to travel with SMNT)
Paul Lasike BYU
Sam Sirrel UCLA
Hoseki Kofe BYU
Dean Gericke ASU
Sebastian Sharp UCLA
Kingsly McGowan SMC
Anthny Lombardo Cal
Tonata Lauti Utah
Dean Gericke Arkansas State
Tim Acker Kutztown
Morgan Findlay Lindenwood