Illinois' First Rugby Olympian, Malcolm May

Malcolm May who we profiled just over two years ago, has become Illinois' FIRST named rugby Olympian. Malcolm, who is now at Penn State, has played on the national level several times, played with the Illinois Tornadoes and was a St. Ignatius player as well. CONGRATULATIONS MALCOLM MAY!

 

VIA USA Rugby-   The United States Olympic Committee announced the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team to compete at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Monday, July 7.

Twelve men and 12 women have been selected to represent the U.S. in China in Rugby Sevens, the first time the sport will feature at an Olympic Games since its inclusion on the Games Program in 2009. All players were born during 1996 or 1997.

Eleven of the 12 men selected have been members of the USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans, who have successfully toured Europe and South America in the past two years in both the sevens and 15s code of rugby. Junior Helu, Vili Helu, Sione Masoe, Malcolm May, Suwaiter Poch and Jojo Tikoisuva have been named to the BHSAA squad for this month’s tour of Argentina.

All-time IRB HSBC Sevens World Series points-scorer Ben Gollings will coach the men’s team at the Youth Olympic Games, while BHSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson will serve as the team leader.

“It’s always going to be hard with only 12 spots available and it’s been a tough selection process,” Gollings said. “Good players are going to miss out, but we have the players to do the job.

“The Youth Olympic Games is a great opportunity for those involved and will be a great stepping stone with the Rio Games around the corner.”

Men’s and Women’s Eagles Sevens Assistant Coach Richie Walker was named head coach of the women’s Youth Olympic Games team and will be assisted by Team Leader Kellie Cavalier. Highlighting the women’s roster are selections from the 2013 and 2014 Regional All-Star Tournaments, the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans’ 2014 regional camps, last year’s Stars and Stripes Camp, and multiple USA Rugby Academy camps powered by Serevi.

“I was very excited to talk to national coaches, club coaches, school coaches, parents, and even teammates of players I had to choose for the team that will compete at the Youth Olympic Games in China,” Walker said. “There were a lot of great girl rugby players to choose from, which is great for the sport in the U.S., but also made my job very hard as a selector.

“Some of the girls on the team, like Tess Feury and Richelle Stephens, have been invited to camps at the Olympic Training Center with Women’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach Ric Suggitt. There are some girls who are High School All-Americans, some are from some of the best teams in the nation who compete at nationals, and we have had girls who have played with great sevens clubs like Tiger Rugby, Atlantis, and Serevi Selects.”

The U.S.’s men’s team will play a round-robin competition with Argentina, Fiji, France, Japan, and KenyaAug. 17-19 before the Finals are played Aug. 20. The women’s team will follow the same timetable with Australia, Canada, China, Spain, and Tunisia.

Both teams will arrive in China Aug. 12 and stay throughout the entirety of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Following the tournament, the teams will engage in a series of cultural events wrapped around Olympic ideals and support other American athletes in competition.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org andTwitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

Click here to view a complete roster of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team.

U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's Rugby Sevens Team

Name Height Weight (lbs) Age (as of 7 July 2014) Hometown
Tess Feury 5'6" 140 18 Denville, NJ
Haley Langan 6'0" 165 18 South Burlington, VT
Appau Mailau 5'7" 162 17 Salt Lake City, UT
Michel Navarro 5'5" 147 17 Fallbrook, CA
Dana Olsen 5'3" 128 18 Fort Collins, CO
Tiffany Person 5'8" 135 17 Alexandria, VA
Emily Prentice 5'7" 135 16 Kent, WA
Kat Ramage 5'4" 146 17 Ledgewood, NJ
Becca Jane Rosko 5'3" 117 16 Dillon, CO
Richelle Stephens 5'7" 135 17 Fallbrook, CA
Danielle Walko-Siua 5'0" 125 18 Hilo, HI
Whitney Wilson 5'4" 127 17 Kingwood, TX

U.S. Youth Olympic Games Men's Rugby Sevens Team

Name Height Weight (lbs) Age (as of 7 July 2014) Hometown
Cian Barry 5'8" 151 18 Point Lookout, NY
Hanco Germishuys 6'1" 215 17 Omaha, NE
Brian Hannon 5'10" 180 17 Indianapolis, IN
Junior Helu 6'0" 200 18 Union City, CA
Vili Helu 6'4" 233 18 San Ramon, CA
Sione Masoe 6'0" 185 18 Garden Grove, CA
Aaron Matthews 5'9" 185 17 Irvine, CA
Malcolm May 6'1" 215 18 Chicago, IL
Suwaiter Poch 6'0" 225 17 Hilo, HI
Tyler Sousley 5'1" 190 18 Osceola, IN
Austin Taefu 5'7" 161 17 Phoenix, AZ
Jojo Tikoisuva 5'11" 176 18 Sacramento, CA

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