AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans to face Oxford as part of American Series Premiership Rugby Weekend

Roster released for All-American team with 16 schools represented on September 16, 2017 in Philadelphia

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The AIG AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans will assemble for a one-off fixture against the historic Oxford University Rugby Football Club Saturday, Sept. 16. The best collegiate talent in America will battle one of England’s most renowned clubs live on The Rugby Channel as a curtain-raiser for the Aviva Premiership contest between Newcastle Falcons and Saracens at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia presented by AEG. Both the premiership match and All-American game are available under one ticket purchase.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the University of Oxford to the United States,” said Men’s Collegiate All-American Head Coach Gavin Hickie. “With the continued explosive growth of rugby here, especially collegiate rugby, it is fitting that we are able to test ourselves against one of the oldest rugby teams in the history of our sport.”

Twenty-five players representing 16 schools will be called to camp starting Sept. 10 when the squad assembles at Neumann University in Aston, Penn. to prepare for Oxford. Expanded leadership roles will be expected of the five All-Americans who have suited up for the United States at the senior level. Malon Al-Jiboori got a taste of the HSBC Sevens World Series earlier this year, while Indiana University’s Bryce Campbell, BYU’s Matthew Jensen, Wheeling Jesuit Cardinal Peter Malcolm and Alex Maughan of Life University, have combined for 22 caps playing for the Men’s Eagles 15s. 

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“We will be looking for guys to individually and collectively make a statement throughout the week’s training, leading up to the game,” Hickie added. “There has never been a better time to be a young rugby player in the United States. We encourage all our players to grab this opportunity and make it count.”

Founded in 1869, the rugby club at the University of Oxford has an incredibly long-standing tradition of producing international players for England and other National Teams in the United Kingdom, as well as nations beyond Europe. In fact, a number of notable Eagles have adorned the navy blue of Oxford, including Gary Hein, Don James, Ray Lehner and Kurt Shuman. Oxford is also world renowned for its participation in the annual Varsity Match against English University rival Cambridge.

There will be familiar faces outside of the All-American squad at Talen Energy Stadium, too. Former All-American in 2010-11 and current Eagle, Nick Civetta is about to begin his second season with the Newcastle Falcons. Additionally, both former Eagles captain Chris Wyles and prop Titi Lamositele play for Saracens. All three players should be eligible for selection for the ‘American Series‘, a now-annual Aviva Premiership match to be held in the United States. The university-grade contest featuring All-Americans and Oxford will start at 2:30 p.m. ET from Talen Energy Stadium and air live on The Rugby Channel, and will be followed by Premiership Rugby’s Falcons and Saracens doing battle at 5 p.m. The latter of the two games will air live on NBC Sports.

2017 AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Roster

Malon Al-Jiboori – Lindenwood University 

Alec Barton – Saint Mary’s College

Nick Boyer – University of California, Berkeley

Bryce Campbell – Indiana University

Estevan Florez – Life University

Brady Gent – Davenport University

Chad Gough – University of Utah

Matthew Jensen – Brigham Young University

Maciu Koroi – Life University

Jake Lachina – Army West Point

Jeremy Lenaerts – Central Washington University

Vetekina Malafu – Kutztown University

Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit University

Alex Maughan – Life University

Brian McKeller – Pennsylvania State University

Connor McNerney – United States Naval Academy

Cody Melphy – Life University

Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood University

Kevin Sullivan – University of California, Berkeley

Teddy Terezis – Indiana University

Marcus Tupuola – Notre Dame College

Duncan van Schalkwyk – Life University

Blace Walser – Arkansas State University

Mitchell Wilson – Life University

Holden Youngert – Saint Mary’s College

Chance Wenglewski – Lindenwood University 

Head Coach: Gavin Hickie – United States Naval Academy

Assistant Coach: Justin Hickey – University of Notre Dame 

Assistant Coach: Jason Kelley – Yale University 

Assistant Coach: James Willocks – Dartmouth College