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Friday, August 17, 2018

Falcons, All-Americans Named For RugbyTown 7s

Press Release

Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens' (MCAA 7s) Head Coach Steve Lewis and Men's Falcons' Head Coach JD Stephenson have named their squads for the annual RugbyTown Sevens tournament hosted at Infinity Park on Aug. 24-26 in Glendale, CO.

The MCAA 7s will bring athletes from 11 different collegiate programs to improve on last year's fifth-place finish. The Men's Falcons appear for the first time in four years; bringing three senior Men's Sevens players and five athletes named to the U.S. Youth Olympic Men's Rugby team. Men's Sevens' Ben Pinkelman will serve as an Assistant Coach for the Falcons, as well. Tickets to see both the All-Americans and the Falcons may be purchased at rugbytown7s.com with a live stream available at rugbytown.us/stream.

Of the 14 All-Americans selected, Jihad Khabir, Christian Rodriguez and Zach Young all return from last year's 25-7 Bowl victory (fifth-place) over the Atavus All-Stars. 2017 standout Lorenzo Thomas was unavailable due to injury while Jake Lachina will miss the tournament due to service obligations.

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"Coach Macy and I cast a very wide net, watched a great deal of film, and had multiple conversations with both national team and collegiate coaches before selecting this group," said Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens' Head Coach Steve Lewis. "We are looking forward to working with this squad and seeing who's got the talent and desire to step up to the next level."

On the Falcons' side, Chris Mattina, Nick Boyer and Naima Fualaau bring experience from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Junior Waqavesi, Johnny Mahe, Alex Cleary, Tyren Al-Jiboori and Lauina Falatea all also join after being nominated to the U.S. men's team for the upcoming Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. The 13-man crew will give the Falcons their first RugbyTown Sevens appearance since their 2014 Cup victory.

"We have a great combination of experience and youth selected for RugbyTown Sevens," said Head Coach JD Stephenson, "with a collective team age of under-21, it's an exciting opportunity for the playing group. The coaching staff is excited to get on the ground and get to work with these players."

The MCAA 7s are drawn in Pool B, facing Sacramento Eagles, Washington Athletic, Denver Sevens Selects and Bermuda Sevens. The Falcons, drawn in Pool D, will take on the 2017 runner-up Ramblin Jesters, N.A. Tsunami Barbarians, British Army and Cayman Islands. Pool play will begin on Day One with knockout rounds commencing on Day Two. A champion will be crowned on Day Three.

Tickets to see the Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens and the Men's Falcons at RugbyTown Sevens start at only $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Pool play matches begin on Friday, Aug. 24 with a live stream available at rugbytown.us/stream.

MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS ROSTER

Philip Dalke--United States Naval Academy
Nick Feakes--Lindenwood University
Justin Johnson--Life University
Jihad Khabir--American International College
Aaron Matthews--St. Mary's College of California
Deion Mikesell--Lindenwood University
D'Montae Noble--Kutztown University
Thomas Robles--University of California, Berkeley
Cristian Rodriguez--Lindenwood University
Kyle Rogers--University of Arizona
Cameron Troxler--Louisiana State University
Marcus Tupuola--Notre Dame College
Harley Wheeler--Life University
Zach Young--Arkansas State University

MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Steve Lewis
Asst Coach | Josh Macy
Manager | Ethan Pougnet

MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN SEVENS' SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 24
vs Sacramento Eagles
11:40 AM MT

vs Washington Athletic
3:00 PM MT

vs Denver Sevens
8:20 PM MT

Saturday, Aug. 25
vs Bermuda Sevens
11:40 AM MT

MEN'S FALCONS ROSTER

Tyren Al-Jiboori--Union Rugby
Nick Boyer--USA Men's Sevens
Ben Broselle--University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Maceo Brown--Grand Canyon University
Alex Cleary--Chuckanut Bay Rugby
Lauina Falatea--Kahuku Rugby
Chris Frazier--Mystic River Rugby
Naima Fualaau--USA Men's Sevens
Vili Helu--St Mary's College
Johnny Mahe--Kahuku Rugby
Chris Mattina--USA Men's Sevens
Devin Short--San Diego Legion
Inoke Waqavesi--C.K. McClatchy Lions

MEN'S FALCONS STAFF

Head Coach | JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach | Adriaan Ferris
Assistant Coach | Ben Pinkelman
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Team Manager | Frank Palumbo

MEN'S FALCONS SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 24
vs. Ramblin Jesters
1:10 PM MT

vs N.A. Tsunami Barbarians
4:30 PM MT

vs British Army
9:00 PM MT

Saturday, Aug. 25
vs Cayman Islands
1:10 PM MT

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