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Kirk Pretorius

Name

Kirk Pretorius

Class

2016

Major

Engineering

Position

Looseforward, Centre, Wing

Rugby Experience / Height / Weight

12 years / 6'4 / 245

Nickname

Jonah

Hometown

Pretoria, South Africa

High School

Westlake Boys High School - New Zealand

Favorite Thing About ASU Rugby

My teammates

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Gericke

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Name

Dean Gericke

Class

Senior

Major

International Business

Position

Center/Wing

Rugby Experience

South All Stars 2009, All American 2012 15s, All American 7s 2012 and USA 'A' 15s

Hometown

Pretoria, South Africa

High School

Pretoria Boys High School

Favorite Thing About ASURugby

The brotherhood between the players

Fun Fact

In 2010 Dean also played football for ASU

USA Rugby Announces 2012 Collegiate All-America Touring Teams

Author: Mary Kaminski
Date: 08/02/2012

BOULDER, Colo. – The 2012 Men’s Collegiate All-America (MCAA) touring teams have been announced. The Fifteens squad will travel to Ireland this month to play Provincial Academy teams, facing Connacht Academy on Aug. 11 and Leinster Academy on Aug. 14. The MCAA Sevens touring teams will assemble in Glendale, Colo., for the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens tournament Aug. 8-12, and in Chula Vista, Calif., for the National All-Star Championship (NASC) 7s tournament Aug. 14-19.

The MCAA touring teams were selected by scouting over 20,000 collegiate rugby players. A regional network of selected coaches from across the country established a player pool of 125 athletes. The athletes were then evaluated by scouts in their own regions, as well as at national championship playoff games. The player pool was ranked and All-America and Honorable Mention teams were named.
The 2012 Fifteens touring team consists of fifteen All-Americans, seven Honorable Mentions, and four athletes who were selected based on their performances at the combine held in Houston, Texas, June 21-24. A complete list of the All-American and Honorable Mention MCAA’s can be found here.

Two squads of twelve were chosen to represent the Sevens All-Americans in Glendale and Chula Vista. Six athletes will play in both tournaments. A complete list of the First, Second and Honorable Mention Sevens All-Americans can be found here. The athletes were evaluated predominantly during their performances at the National Championship, USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational and the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Sevens head coach Tony Pacheco said he enjoys creative players who make their teammates better. “My hope for the players is this is just a step in the process of becoming an Eagle. I want them to enjoy their time in the All-American jersey because it is special and is a great honor,” Pacheco said.

Matt Sherman, head coach of the fifteens squad, hopes the players will be challenged by the experience of having to cross an ocean and come together quickly to represent their country. “Through that experience we hope the players will further develop as players, have a better understanding and familiarity with the challenge and demands of internationals rugby, and hopefully take a step closer toward becoming full international players that continue to drive and improve the standard of the Eagles,” Sherman said.
In addition to the final roster for the MCAA Fifteens (below), the following players were considered, but unavailable for the tour: Danny Barrett (Cal), Matt Crawford (St. Mary’s), Brendan Daly (Cal), Shaun Davies (BYU), Paul Lasike (BYU), Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s) and Will Holder (Army).

The following athletes were considered, but unavailable for the Sevens tour tournaments: Jake Anderson (Cal), JP Eloff (Davenport), Shaun Davies (BYU), Will Holder (Army), Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s) and Darrian Woodson (Life). The full rosters for the Sevens tournaments are below.

The MCAA Fifteens squad is traveling to Ireland with the help of sponsorships from Training Day and Irish Tours.
Training Day Sports Nutrition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corr-Jensen, Inc ("Training Day") is proud to partner with USA Rugby for the sponsorship of the 2012 Collegiate All-American Team.

Training Day, based in Denver, CO, provides clinically tested NSF certified safe nutritional supplements designed to enhance athletic performance. Training Day is committed to providing athletes with education related to safe supplementation, nutrition, and training enhancement to maximize potential and provide athletes a platform to perform at their highest level. Training Day is proud to partner with USA Rugby in their shared mission of building elite athletes throughout the USA Rugby organization to compete at the highest levels of competition and ultimately take their rightful place among the best in the world.

USA Rugby is proud to partner with Irish Rugby Tours Ltd. for the upcoming MCAA tour to Ireland. Irish Rugby Tours Ltd. is Ireland’s largest sports tour operator and the largest U.S. rugby tour operator. Irish Rugby Tours has always been a dedicated supporter of USA Rugby.

2012 Collegiate All-America Fifteens Touring Team

Name School
TJ Allred Brigham Young University
Nathaniel Brakeley Dartmouth College
Andrew Cool Saint Mary's College of California
Joseph Cowley Life University
Cameron Dolan Life University
JP Eloff Davenport University
Nick Evans University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Raymond Forrester Brigham Young University
Dean Gericke Arkansas State University
Alec Gletzer University of California - Santa Barbara
Madison Hughes Dartmouth College
Seamus Kelly University of California - Berkeley
Jamie Kelm San Diego State University
Hoseki Kofe Brigham Young University
Sosaia Leaaetoa Brigham Young University
James Lynch Life University
Jacob Mizell Arkansas State University
Zachary Mizell Arkansas State University
Don Pati University of Utah
Shaun Potgeiter Arkansas State University
Ryan Roundy Brigham Young University
Christopher Saint Pennsylvania State University
Michael Shepherd University of Utah
Mikey Su'a Brigham Young University
Patrick Sullivan Arkansas State University
Nicholas Wallace Saint Mary's College of California


Fifteens Tour Staff

Name Position Team
Matthew Sherman Head Coach Stanford University
Matthew Huckaby Forwards Coach Arkansas State University
Phil Eloff Backs Coach Davenport University
Craig Brown Manager Western Washington University
Christopher Mizer MS, AT Ohio State University
Luke Gross High Performance US Rugby

2012 Collegiate All-America Sevens Glendale Team

Name School
Nate Augsperger University of Minnesota
Steyne Benade Arkansas State University
Patrick Blair Central Washington University
Jack Bristol Air Force Academy
Colton Cariaga Life University
Brendan Cox University of Colorado
Bradley Harrington University of California - Berkeley
Bubba Jones Saint Mary's College of California
Tonata Lauti University of Utah
Tim Stanfill Central Washington University
Trevor Tanifum University of Maryland
Brett Thompson University of Arizona

2012 Collegiate All-America Sevens Chula Vista Team

Name School
Nate Augsperger University of Minnesota
Patrick Blair Central Washington University
Nathaniel Brakeley Dartmouth College
Jack Bristol Air Force Academy
Colton Cariaga Life University
Cam Dolan Life University
Madison Hughes Dartmouth College
Zachary Mizell Arkansas State University
Don Pati University of Utah
Ryan Roundy Brigham Young University
Trevor Tanifum University of Maryland
Brett Thompson University of Arizona

Sevens Tour Staff

Name Position Team
Tony Pacheco Head Coach Central Washington University
Aaron Manheimer Assistant Coach Chicago Lions
Eric Taber Manager Wheeling Jesuit University
Ben Cowin Trainer USA Junior All-Americans (U20s)