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Game Two Looms for U17s

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Game Two Looms for U17s

 

The USA HS All American U17 team put their opening match behind them and in fact put their opening host country behind them.

The schedule perhaps wasn't the easiest for the HSAA U17s, as they had one day to prepare to play the French U17 team. That was tough, as the French kids just picked them apart.

See the highlight video here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2lega6_france-usa-17-ans-le-resume_sport

But now the Americans are in Liege, Belgium, to play yhe Belgium U17s on Saturday and again on Tuesday. 

Players relax before game day, and Scott LaValla shows off his beard to the team. Nick Duvall photos.
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Before leaving France, the HSAA team got to meet one of their alumni, USA flanker and Stade Francais professional Scott LaValla. The team toured the Stade Francais stadium and met with the Eagle player, who was clearly pleased to see them.

There's some culture to soak up in Liege, which is about 1,500 years old and which has had an annoying habit of being captured by some invader, general, or monarch or other every hundred years or so. The players got to see the daunting stairway of Montagne de Bueren, which is very large, and the beautiful LIege Cathedral.

Now they have a job to do in taking on Belgium. It's a mistake to think that because Belgium's men's rugby team is not ranked highly that their HS players can't play. The sport has a strong influence from France, and because Belgium is very small - about the side of Massachusetts and Rhode Island together - and so their age-grade team can assemble pretty much whenever they need to.

What the HSAA team will be able to do is bring their physicality, and perhaps combine that with a little ball security.

 

Name H.S. Year Height Weight (lbs.) Position Club State
Ian Abbott Junior 6'3" 180 Lock Herriman Rugby UT
David Ainuu Sophomore 5'10" 250 Prop Prairie RFC - Yelm WA
Keanu Andrade Junior 5'7" 195 Hooker Danville Oaks CA
Ian Crilly Senior 6'2" 190 Flanker Fallbrook Youth Rugby CA
Ruben de Haas Sophomore 5'10" 162 Scrumhalf Little Rock Rugby Club AK
Sean Dowling Sophomore 6'4" 268 Prop Ft. Hunt Warriors VA
Owen Duvall Junior 6' 240 Prop Coastal Dragons YRFC CA
Beau Falco Junior 6'2" 215 Flanker SCV Tigers CA
Leki Fotu Junior 6'6" 255 Lock Herriman Rugby CA
Anton Grigoriou Junior 6'2" 190 Flyhalf San Clemente Gators CA
Zach Heisterkamp Junior 5'11" 195 Flanker St. Edward Rugby OH
Evan Holm Junior 6' 170 Wing Edina Rugby CLub MN
Ryan James Sophomore 6' 158 Wing Aztec Warriors CA
Liam Jimmons Junior 6'5" 230 Lock Back Bay Sharks CA
Mikaele Kruse Junior 6' 185 Center Bullard Rugby Club CA
Patrick Madden Sophomore 5'11" 185 Fullback San Diego Young Aztecs CA
Sosefo Mailangi-Ray Junior 6'3" 225 Prop Back Bay RFC CA
Sim Mander Junior 6'1" 190 Center St Paul's Rugby UK
Maxwell Nail Junior 5'11" 200 Hooker Fort Hunt VA
Soh Nakayama Junior 5'8" 140 Scrumhalf Greenwich High School CT
Quinn Perry Sophomore 6' 215 Center Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Dillon Shotwell Junior 5'11" 225 Prop Kingwood Rugby Club TX
Justus Tavai Junior 6' 230 No. 8 Los Angeles Rugby CA
Tomasi Tonga Junior 6' 180 Center Herriman Rugby UT
William Vakalai Sophomore 5'10" 205 Center Penn High School IN
Nathan Watts Junior 6'3" 250 Prop Richardson Rugby Club TX
Jack White Sophomore 6'2" 205 No. 8 Penn High School IN
Marcos Young Junior 5'8" 150 Flyhalf Key Biscayne Rugby FL

Boys High School All-Americans | JV Tour 
v France - Marcoussis, France - Tuesday, March 31 
v Belgium - Liege, Belgium - Saturday, April 4 
v Belgium - Liege, Belgium - Tuesday, April 8