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EIRA U17s Picked for BC Trip

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EIRA U17s Picked for BC Trip

Blake Richards-Smith is one of the players capping an impressive season with a trip to BC. Denise Cavanaugh photo.

The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17s have been named for their tour of British Columbia.

The U17s will face the British Columbia U17s on the campus of the University of British Columbia on Wednesday, July 13, and then against on Saturday, July 16.

Sixteen of the players who swept the BC U16s in 2015 return to this lineup. Two of the players, Bailey Wilson of United in Utah and Joshua Schnell of Katy in Texas played for the HS All Americans in Ontario last week. Boys HS Rugby National Champion club team Granite Bay sends four players to BC on this team. Among the players to watch is Royal Irish flyhalf David Hannon, who emerged as a talented pivot for the Indianapolis club this season.

Watch out also for lock Blake Richards-Smith of the Coastal Dragons, who had a high-impact season for his club and also for Torrey Pines HS.  


EIRA U17s Roster
1st Name Last Position Rugby Club Name State
Jake Burns Flanker Chuckanut Bay Wash.
Asa Carter Lock Union Rugby Club Okla.
Xavier Doering Prop St. Thomas Aquinas Kan.
Alexander Evans Flanker Granite Bay Rugby Calif.
David Hannon Flyhalf Royal Irish Ind.
Garrett Kay Flanker Jesuit High School Calif.
Gabriel Mahuinga Hooker Herriman Utah
Jack Manzo Prop Xavier High School NY
Conor McManus Scrumhalf Fort Hunt Va.
Ethan McVeigh Scrumhalf OMBAC Wallabies Calif.
Doug Mitchell Prop Granite Bay Calif.
Christian Newby Wing Southern Pines NC
Quinn Perry Center Santa Monica Calif.
Justin Petersen Flyhalf Coastal Dragons Calif.
Alexander Rayton Flanker The Woodlands Texas
Blake Richards-Smith Lock Coastal Dragons Calif.
Joshua Schnell Lock Katy Rugby Club Texas
Chase Schor Haskin No. 8 West Pines Fla.
Desi Streater Wing Granite Bay Rugby Calif.
Andrew Turner Center Granite Bay rugby Calif.
Kyle van Tonder Fullback Rocky Mountain Idaho
Max Walding Prop OMBAC Wallabies Calif.
John Wendling Center Chuckanut Rugby Club Wash.
Bailey Wilson No. 8 United Rugby Club Utah
Nick Zimmer Hooker San Diego Mustangs Calif.


Head Coach - Brendan Keane, Charlotte, NC

Assistants - Sean Duffy (Arizona), Brent Bueno (Granite Bay) Jason McVeigh (OMBAC)

Manager - Darrell Knowlton (Culver Academy)

Trainer - Janie Kluempers (Missouri)