Captain Conor Kearns has selected a party of thirty-one players for the Men’s Blues tour to the US, departing on Friday September 8th for two weeks. The party will fly into Boston, and work there way down the east coast, visiting Ivy League Universities – Harvard, Yale and Princeton – as well as the US Military Academy at West Point and ending up in New York for the final three days. The ‘showpiece’ fixture takes place against the Collegiate All American XV in Philadelphia, as the curtain raiser to the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Saracens.
The tour party is a blend of youth and experience, with nine returning Blues making the trip, alongside two undergraduate Freshers, five experienced graduate players in scrum-half Sam Edgerley, centre Dom Waldouck, flanker Andy Saull, lock Lisi Fifita, hooker Ed Elvin and wing Dan Moor and seventeen returning players looking to impress Kearns and Head Coach James Wade.
Sunday 10th September vs Mystic River at Pine Banks Park, Boston, KO 1.00pm
Saturday 16th September vs Collegiate All American XV at the Talen Energy Stadium, Philadelphia, KO 2.15pm
Friday 22nd September vs Old Blue at Baker Athletic Complex, New York, KO 7.30pm
Kieran Ball * (Trinity), Lewis Anderson * (Trinity), Michael Gorry (Jesus), Ben Parker (Brasenose), Noah Miller (St Peter’s), Ed Elvin (St Hugh’s), John Aaron Henry (Somerville), Charlie Pozniak (St Benet’s Hall), Lisi Fifita (St Edmund Hall), Hugo McPherson (Lady Margaret Hall), George Warr (New), Rob Menzies-Wilson (Magdalen), Ollie Adams (Lady Margaret Hall), Jimmy Beaufils * (Exeter), Will Thornton * (Lady Margaret Hall), Sam Miller (St Edmund Hall), Andy Saull (Kellogg), Will Wilson * (Keble)
Sam Edgerley (St Catherine’s), Tom Kershaw * (Worcester), Thom Foster (Keble), Conor Kearns * (Jesus), Tom Dyer (St Edmund Hall), Alex Hogg * (Keble), Dom Waldouck (Kellogg), Seb Haddock (St Edmund Hall), Dan Moor # (Christ Church), Tom Stileman * (St Peter’s), Dan Barley (St Edmund Hall), Robbie Fraser (Corpus Christi), Rob Quinlan (Jesus)
* Denotes Blue, # denotes International