College All-American honorees include 75 D1A student-athletes

D1A Rugby: College All-American honorees include 75 D1A student-athletes
Photo Credit: Matt Mathai & Travis Prior

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby recently announced the selections for the 2016-17 Men’s Collegiate All-Americans, and the list of 122 players includes 75 student-athletes representing 22 different D1A Rugby programs.

“The Collegiate All-America staff, working with coaches around the country, the Collegiate Director, and HP Manager, have identified this year’s Honorary List,” USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Head Coach Gavin Hickie said. “Each year, the All-American Honorary List become tougher to select, due to the increased competition and standards set by our student athletes.”

The 15s All-Americas have been classed by 1st XV, 2nd XV and Honorable Mention. Only five players return as 1st XV selections from last year’s group of 1st XV standouts, and they all come from D1A Rugby: Harley Davidson (Life), Matthew Jensen (Brigham Young University), Cody Melphy (Life), and Russell Webb (University of California Berkeley). Additionally, 27 of the 30 players named to the All-American’s 1st and 2nd XV play D1A Rugby.

Honorees to the Sevens All-Americans, a group led by 2017 USA Rugby College 7s National Champions Lindenwood’s seven selections, includes 13 D1A student-athletes who received similar recognition in the 15s code: Dylan Audsley (Saint Mary’s College), Sam Cusano (Cal), Sione Fangaiuiha (Arkansas State), Nick Feakes (Lindenwood), Chad Gough (Utah), Vetekina Malafu (Kutztown), Cody Melphy (Life), Cristian Rodriguez (Lindenwood), Anthony Salaber (Cal), Tyler Sousley (Indiana), Duncan van Schalkwyk (Life), Russell Webb (Cal) and Zach Young (Arkansas State).

D1A Collegiate All-American 1st XV

Kevin Sullivan – Cal
Chance Wenglewski – Lindenwood
Connor Sweet – Cal
Matthew Jensen – BYU
Alec Barton – Saint Mary’s
Kevin O’Connor – Saint Mary’s
Maciu Koroi – Life
Holden Yungert – Saint Mary’s
Russell Webb – Cal
Harley Davidson – Life
Bryce Campbell – Indiana
Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood

D1A Collegiate All-American 2nd XV

Estevan Florez – Life
Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit
Alex Maughan – Life
Thomas Cheslek – Davenport
Malcolm May – Penn State
Khristoffer Walser – Arkansas State
Vili Helu – Saint Mary’s
Duncan van Schalkwyk – Life
Tyler Sousley – Indiana
Zach Young – Arkansas State
Anthony Salaber – Cal
Sam Cusano – Cal
Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s

D1A Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention

Dominique Bailey – Davenport
Mickey Bateman – Lindenwood
Matt Brennan – Arizona State
Chris Burian – Penn State
Michael Cesar – USC
Mitchell Cochell – Air Force
Connor Cudeback – Cal Poly
Jason Damm – Clemson
Sione Fangaiuiha – Arkansas State
Alex Faison-Donahoe – Kutztown
Nick Feakes – Lindenwood
Drew Gaffney – Cal
Brady Gent – Davenport
Tomas Ghattas – Lindenwood
Jake Glass – Kutztown
Terrance Hellender – Wyoming
Jake Hidalgo – Indiana
Mike Islava – Life
Jackson Kaka – BYU
Jake Lachina – Army
Faaitua Laei – BYU
Alexander MacDonald – Life
Vetekina Malafu – Kutztown
Aaron Matthews – Saint Mary’s
Hugh McAllister – Wheeling Jesuit
Brian McKellar – Penn State
Selby Niumataiwalu – Penn State
James Ronan – Penn State
Michael Scarcella – Iona
Chris Schoeman – Lindenwood
Kevin Schofield – BYU
Nathan Sylvia – Cal Poly
Teddy Terezis – Indiana
Alex Vorster – BYU
Zach Webber – BYU
Dante Weeks – Arizona
Harley Wheeler – Life
Jared Whippy – BYU
Josh Whippy – BYU
Calvin Whiting – BYU
Mitch Wilson – Life
Jacob Zinda – San Diego State

D1A Collegiate All-American Sevens 1st Team

Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s
Cian Barry – UCLA
Alex Dorrier – Indiana
Sione Fangaiuiha – Arkansas State
Nick Feakes – Lindenwood
Vetekina Malafu – Kutztown
Cody Melphy – Life
Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood
Kyler Rogers – Arizona
Anthony Salaber – Cal
Tyler Soulsey – Indiana
Russell Webb – Cal

D1A Collegiate All-American Sevens 2nd Team

Michael Baska – Lindenwood
Jack Casey – Arkansas
Sam Cusano – Cal
Reece Czarnecki – Davenport
Chad Gough – Utah
Lorenzo Thomas – Lindenwood
Duncan van Schalkwyk – Life
Zach Young – Arkansas State