The US Men's Collegiate All-Americans will host the renowned Cambridge University Varsity XV at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, June 21, at 1pm. A second-side match against a Collegiate Barbarians, made up of University students in the greater Ontario province, will also take place against the Collegiate All-Americans 2nd XV, kick-off at 3pm.
Current Dartmouth captain and US 7s Eagle, Madison Hughes '15, will be playing for the All-Americans for his third year in a row. Former Dartmouth co-captain and All-American, Nate Brakeley '12, will be presenting his Cambridge Varsity Blue jersey to Dartmouth at halftime. Brakeley is the first Dartmouth Light Blue. Vince Jones '52, on a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, became the College's first Dark Blue, playing in the 1954 edition of the Varsity match.
As noted by Cambridge, "the light Blues will be facing the All American XV in a bid to boost cross-atlantic relations and promote the sport of rugby within the Colleges of Boston and New Hampshire.
'Previously Cambridge has been blessed with tentacular grip of Nate Brakeley, an alumnus of Dartmouth (Dartmouth / Thayer class of 2012) and also a previous All American XV player. Dartmouth is a very highly regarded college, with excellent academic standards and rich sporting history that would provide a great basis for publicising the game of Rugby Union."
About the Collegiate All-Americans
The AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Team is made up of the nation’s best collegiate rugby players who are picked annually based on their performances in university-level undergraduate play. The All-American team has long been a precursor to international honors, with many All-Americans graduating to the USA National Team.
The All American tradition of strong collegiate players goes back to the 1920 and 1924 Olympic gold medal winning teams which were full of the best college rugby players in the country at the time. The All-Americans, who wear the same crest as that 1924 Olympic team, are the modern-day version of that team, with student-athletes from our great universities that represent those classic American ideals of determination, adaptability, creativity, and a will to succeed against the odds.
About Cambridge University Rugby Football Club
CURUFC is a wholly amateur student rugby club aiming to offer a rugby environment that is as 'professional' as possible. There are three regular teams: the Blues, the LX Club and the U21 XV, together with occasional fixtures for the U21A XV and the Colleges XV. The Blues have a strong midweek fixture list incorporating top professional clubs and universities whilst the LX Club and U21 generally play at weekends. In addition in the Lent term an U20 XV competes in the RFU national constituent body U20 competition.
Teams are selected on merit and all teams receive coaching, strength and conditioning guidance and medical support from our well-qualified staff.
The club has a great tradition of touring, with different squads touring Japan, South Africa, Scotland and the USA in recent years.
On midweek afternoons there are 20 College teams who compete in a structured league system. There are three leagues with each team playing against the other on a home and away basis. The Lent term is used for the knockout Cuppers tournament with the finals being held at Grange Road during the last week of term. In addition the season ends with a Colleges sevens tournament.
Colleges rugby is very important in Cambridge and unique in that Division One is used to trial experimental laws for the RFU and IRB. The laws laboratory has run for twelve years and created a worldwide interest in its work. This scheme also attracts referees to come and referee in the Cambridge league and contribute to the friendship and fun which flourishes in our sporting environment.
The ultimate aim of every rugby player at Cambridge should be to play in a 'Varsity' match. Annually there are now five Varsity matches played at Blues, LX Club, U21, U21A and Colleges level, ensuring that over 100 players gain the honour of playing against ‘the other place.' The Varsity series culminates at Twickenham in early December with the curtain raiser of the U21 match and then the world-renowned Varsity Match in front of approximately 40,000 spectators and a worldwide television audience.