Several D1A players to take part in Collegiate Stars and Stripes Camp

D1A Rugby: Several D1A players to take part in Collegiate Stars and Stripes Camp

BOULDER, Colo. – Twenty-one players from D1A Rugby will attend this week’s Junior and Collegiate Stars and Stripes Camp presented by WellDog.

The camp attendees, which totals 67 athletes, will be under the tutelage and watchful eye of the new AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American coaching staff, which is led by Dartmouth Head Coach and former Leicester Tiger hooker Gavin Hickie.

“We would like to sincerely thank the players, their families and friends, along with their respective rugby teams, for making the sacrifices needed to ensure the camp will be a success,” Hickie said. “With 67 athletes attending, we are fully prepared for a comprehensive and thorough examination of our players’ current skill levels in camp, backed up with a long-term development plan, working with their team’s coaches.”

Reigning two-time D1A National Champion Saint Mary’s is sending a team-high five players to the July 14-19 camp at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif., while sixth-ranked Utah will have four players from its roster in attendance. Other D1A teams who will be represented at the Starts and Stripes Camp include Davenport, Kutztown, Life and Wheeling Jesuit.

The camp will include Collegiate All-American veterans like JP Eloff (Davenport), Niku Kruger (Kutztown) and Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary’s), but is blended with up-and-comers from the under-20 age grade including Connor Cudeback (Cal Poly) and Cecil Rich (Wheeling Jesuit)

2015 Collegiate Stars and Stripes attendees from D1A:

Dominique Bailey – Davenport
Sam Cowley – Life
JP Eloff – Davenport
Alex Faison-Donahoe – Kutztown
Cameron Falcon – LSU
Chad Gough – Utah
Wes Hartmann – Kutztown
Sebastian Kalm – Lindenwood
Niku Kruger – Kutztown
Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit
Cooper Maloney – Saint Mary’s
Kingsley McGowan – Saint Mary’s
Benjamin Mills – Utah
Ryan Pratt – Saint Mary’s
Gabe Ruflin – Utah
Robert Stortz – Kutztown
Taylor Thomas – Utah
Dino Waldren – Saint Mary’s
Holden Youngert – Saint Mary’s

2015 Junior All-American Stars and Stripes attendees from D1A:

Connor Cudeback – Cal Poly
Cecil Rich – Wheeling Jesuit

Unavailable for participation:

Mason Baum – Davenport
Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s
Ben Pinkelman – Colorado State
Vili Helu – Saint Mary’s
Kalei Konrad – San Diego State

The week of hard work and training will ultimately build up to a Stars and Stripes match Saturday, July 18. To see the entire 67-man list of camp attendees, visit USARugby.org.