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EIRA U16s Named for Canada Tour

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EIRA U16s Named for Canada Tour

The EIRA U16s won emphatically last year in Vancouver.

The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U16 team slated to tour British Columbia next week has been named.

The team includes players from 12 different states, as well as England. Among the players of note: Tyren Al-Jiboori is the third Al-Jiboori brother to play for a major touring select side. All three - Michael, Malon, and now Tyren - got their start at Union HS in Oklahoma.

Studying and playing at Reed Weybridge in England are Aidan and Shane Barry, brothers to UCLA standouts Niall and Cian Barry. Kaipono Kayoshi is a speedy, athletic No. 8/lock from Granite Bay who could be an interesting breakout player. Jupiter Sharks scrumhalf Kyle Lazera is an impressive halfback and another to watch.

The EIRA U16s will play the British Columbia U16s on Wednesday and Saturday on the University of British Columbia campus. EIRA U16s and BC played each other last year, with EIRA winning both games 34-0 and 53-6.


EIRA U16s Roster
First Last Name Position Rugby Club State
Tyren Al-Jiboori Flanker Union High School Okla.
Austin Arnett Center Tribe Rugby Tenn.
Ayden Augspurg Prop Park Hill United Mo.
Dante Bandoni Lock Granite Bay Rugby Calif.
Aidan Barry Scrumhalf Reeds Weybridge UK
Shane Barry Flanker Reeds Weybridge UK
Kai Carlberg Center Springfield Jr. Celts Ill.
Isaiah Cortez Lock Granite Bay Rugby Calif.
Jacob Cortinas Scrumhalf Peninsula Green RFC Calif.
Amar Dhillon Center Mother Lode Calif.
Tyler Evarts Flanker Amoskeag / Abu Dhabi Harlequins NH
Nolan Filteau Prop Amoskeag Rugby NH
Matt Freeman Hooker Gonzaga Md.
Mateo Gadsden Wing Back Bay Calif.
Kaipono Kayoshi No. 8 Granite Bay Rugby Calif.
Isaia Kruse Fullback Bullard Rugby Club Calif.
Kyle Lazera Scrumhalf Jupiter Sharks Fla.
Russell Lemaster Lock Royal Irish Rugby Club Ind.
Niklas Lundqvist Lock Coastal Dragons Calif.
Keenan MacDonald Flanker Amoskeag Rugby Club NH
Sean Nolan Flyhalf Back Bay Youth Rugby Club Calif.
Gavin Prentice Prop Eastside Lions Wash.
James Reid Wing Loudoun Rugby Va.
Connor St Clair Hooker Charlotte Tigers NC
Dylan Tagani Center Tribe Tenn.
Adam Tounkara Prop Maryland Exiles Md.


Head Coach: John Banarhall (West Point)

Assistant Coaches : Jeff Bonnett, (Back Bay, EIRA SoCal), Tim Kluempers (St. Thomas Aquinas, Missour)

Trainer: Cindy Kramer (Notre Dame High School, So. California)