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2015+Pan+American+Games+7s+Gold+MedalThe Maccabi USA Rugby squad has just returned to the United States following the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games, which was held in Santiago, Chile. Before this year’s edition, Rugby was last played at the 1995 Pan American Maccabi Games, with the USA winning Gold in the 7s competition. This time Rugby XVs was added with Argentina, Chile and the USA taking part – alongside the Prince of Wales – winners of the National Chilean Club championships in 2015 (added as a warm-up fixture).

Results – XVs Competition:

USA 22 Argentina 28 
USA Tries: Andrew Berson, Dallen Stanford, Sam Rabb. USA Conversions: Jake Levine (2). USA Penalties: Jake Levine.

12465889_10205462044295187_4630921591609848423_oUSA 50 Chile 22
USA Tries: Joey Krassenstein (2), Tristan Sylk (2), Dallen Stanford, Howie Goldsmith, Rudy Rudzinsky, Sam Harrison. USA Conversions: Joey Krassenstein  (4), Jake Levine.

USA claims Silver Medal in XVs.

Results – 7s Competition:

USA 45 Chile 12
USA Tries: Joey Krassenstein (3), Howie Goldsmith, Adam Markun. USA Conversions: Dallen Stanford (5).

USA 14 Argentina 7 
USA Tries: Dallen Stanford, Eyal Hakim. USA Conversions: Dallen Stanford (2).

USA claims Gold Medal in XVs.

This tour was vital for the development of existing and new Jewish Rugby players, giving the program more structure as it competes at the World Maccabiah Games every four years. At the 2013 Games, the USA squad won Gold in 7s at the and Bronze in XVs. Preparation will begin soon ahead of the 2017 World Maccabiah Games – with application details to be released in March 2016.

Special thanks to the Maccabi USA Rugby Pan American Games Chairman, Erik Dollman, and coaches Aaron Davis and Dallen Stanford.

USA Rugby Squad:

Eitan Babcock; Milwaukee Rugby Football Club, Andrew Berson; Dartmouth Rugby, Erik Dollman; Albany Bootleggers / Albany Knickerbockers RFC, Jon Fonvielle; Mystic River Rugby Club, Dan Freedman; Santa Barbara Grunion RFC / Coach at Santa Ynez Valley Youth RFC, Joe Freundlich; Chicago Westside Condors RFC, Zachary Getson; Auburn University RFC / Griffins RFC, Howard Goldsmith; Chicago Westside Condors RFC, Eyal Hakim; Boca Raton RFC, Sam Harrison; Head Coach at Colorado College RFC, Zachary Hiller; Houston United Rugby Team, Jaeson Kaylegian; UIC RFC / Chicago Riot RFC, Robert Keene; South Valley Rugby / Pacific Club Rugby, Joseph Krassenstein; University of Southern California RFC, Max LaVictoire; New York Rugby Club, Jake Levine; Dartmouth Rugby, Eli Mandel; University Washington RFC, Adam Markun; Middlebury RFC, Samuel Rabb; San Francisco Golden Gate, Ben Rotstein; New York Rugby Club, Michael Rudzinsky; USC / Mystic River Rugby Club, Matthew Sarna; Maryland Rugby, Adam Satz; University of South Carolina Men’s Rugby, Dallen Stanford; Tiger Rugby, Tristan Sylk; Philadelphia Fight Rugby League / Media Rugby Football Club.

For more information on the Rugby competition in at the Pan American Maccabi Games, contact Maccabi USA Rugby Chairman Erik Dollman at

About the organization:
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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