Thirty-eight D1A players named to All-Americans

D1A Rugby: Thirty-eight D1A players named to All-Americans
Photo Credit: Rich Bristol (left), Kyle McCormick (center, homepage) & JD Black (right)

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby has announced the 2014-15 Men’s Collegiate All-Americans for both 15s and sevens, and the lists include 38 players from D1A Rugby. Over a dozen D1A teams are represented between the two codes, but none more than Saint Mary’s – whose National Championship side produced seven players.

“Over the past year, these young men have demonstrated skill, passion and dedication to the sport of rugby and have excelled with their respective collegiate teams,” Collegiate All-American Head Coach Gavin Hickie had to say about this year’s selections.

“As we look ahead to Rio 2016, San Francisco 2018 and Rugby World Cup 2019, there has never been a more exciting time to be a young rugby player,” Hickie added. “We expect a number of these Collegiate All-Americans to go on to represent the Eagles.”

Nine of the 38 student athletes were recognized in both 15s and sevens, including All-American stalwarts JP Eloff (Davenport), Niku Kruger (Kutztown), Kalei Konrad (San Diego State) and Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary’s).

First Team All-Americans 15s:

Jake Anderson – Life
Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s
JP Eloff – Davenport
Sebastian Kalm – Lindenwood
Kalei Konrad – San Diego State
Niku Kruger – Kutztown
Angus MacLellan – Davenport
Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit
Cooper Maloney – Saint Mary’s
Kingsley McGowan – Saint Mary’s
Mike O’Neil – Saint Mary’s
Dino Waldren – Saint Mary’s

Second Team All-Americans 15s:

Mason Baum – Davenport
Danny Christensen – Utah
Tonata Lauti – Utah
Collum Magee – Army
Ben Pinkelman – Colorado State
Ryan Pratt – Saint Mary’s
Gabe Sochanek – Davenport
Victor Woo – Air Force
Holden Youngert – Saint Mary’s

Honorable Mention All-Americans 15s:

Dominique Bailey – Davenport
Connor Cudeback – Cal Poly
Alex Faison-Donahoe – Kutztown
Michael Gierlach – Lindenwood
Chad Gough – Utah
Wes Hartmann – Kutztown
Jack Hidalgo – Indiana
Glen Maricelli – Life
Robert Stortz – Kutztown
Taylor Thomas – Utah

1st Team All-Americans Sevens:

Mickey Bateman – Lindenwood
Mason Baum – Davenport
JP Eloff – Davenport
Alex Faison-Donahoe – Kutztown
Sebastian Kalm – Lindenwood
Niku Kruger – Kutztown
Kingsley McGowan – Saint Mary’s

Honorable Mention All-Americans Sevens:

Sequoyah Burke-Combs – Michigan
Danny Christensen – Utah
Sam Cowley – Life
Wes Hartmann – Kutztown
Kalei Konrad – San Diego State
Connor Mooneyham – Life
Dante Weeks – Arizona
Anthony Welmers – Davenport

Go to USARugby.org to see the entire list of Men’s Collegiate All-Americans.


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