Following their national collegiate championship, the Golden Bears have had nine members selected as 2011 All-Americans by USA Rugby. The June 17 announcement brings to 125 the all-time number of All-Americans from California as named by rugby's governing body in the United States.
Following their national collegiate championship, the Golden Bears have had nine members selected as 2011 All-Americans by USA Rugby.
The June 17 announcement brings to 125 the all-time number of All-Americans from California as named by rugby's governing body in the United States.
The newest members of Cal rugby's All-America ranks are flyhalf James Bailes, prop James Besser, prop Jeremy Deterding and lock Drew Hyjer.
Bailes and Besser have also received recognition as 2011 All-Americans by Rugby Magazine. Besser was previously a 2010 All-America selection by American Rugby News, while Hyjer was a USAR honorable mention last year.
Claiming their second All-America selection from USAR are back-rowers Derek Asbun and Danny Barrett, as well as outside center Seamus Kelly, who also earned RM's All-America honor. Danny Barrett was previously recognized as a 2010 All-American by Rugby Magazine.
Wing Dustin Muhn and wing/fullback Blaine Scully received their fourth straight USAR All-America selections. Both players also earned RM's All-America honors for 2011, and were All-America selections by American Rugby News in 2009 and '10. Scully was also tabbed as an All-American by Rugby Magazine in 2010, while Muhn garnered a 2010 RM honorable mention.
The five USAR All-America honorable mentions for 2011 are hooker Neill Barrett, forward Brendan Daly, inside center Sean Gallinger, lock/flanker Jason Law and flanker Tom Rooke. Neill Barrett, previously an RM honorable mention, and Rooke also got nods as 2011 RM All-Americans. Rooke was selected an ARN All-American in 2010, while Gallinger was named a USAR All-American in 2010.
Also receiving postseason honors was lock/flanker Ryan Hodson, a one-year exchange student who was named a 2011 All-Collegiate selection by Rugby Magazine.
In all-star competition earlier in June, sophomores Josh Tucker at wing and Alex Bowman at lock were joined by junior scrumhalf Kyle Caravelli as starters for the Pacific All-Stars as the Grizzlies advanced to the semifinals of the National Collegiate All-Star Championships.
In late May and the beginning of June, freshman Patrick Coleman followed up his promising freshman season at Cal with four matches in June for the U.S. U-20 National Team at the Junior World Rugby Tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia, where Coleman started at lock against Samoa, Russia, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
Congratulations to all these student-athletes for their achievements.
Cal Rugby 2011 All-Americans
Derek Asbun (USAR)
James Bailes (USAR, RM)
Danny Barrett (USAR)
Neill Barrett (USAR HM, RM)
James Besser (USAR, RM)
Brendan Daly (USAR HM)
Jeremy Deterding (USAR)
Drew Hyjer (USAR)
Sean Gallinger (USAR HM)
Seamus Kelly (USAR, RM)
Jason Law (USAR HM)
Dustin Muhn (USAR, RM)
Tom Rooke (USAR HM, RM)
Blaine Scully (USAR, RM)
[notes: USAR = USA Rugby ... RM = Rugby Magazine ... HM = Honorable Mention]
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