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The Summer of Eagle Impact Rugby Academy

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The Summer of Eagle Impact Rugby Academy

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The development of an international touring 15s team at the high school level has been a rousing success.

Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, which is a Goff Rugby Report supporter (full disclosure) has succeeded superbly in a way no one expected. Sure, running a pair of EIRA teams out to British Columbia to act as feeders to the HS All Americans in 2016 seemed like a pretty straightforward idea. It worked nicely, as the EIRA U16s and U17s won all of their games on that trip.

But this year, things got a lot more complicated. Under President Robin Reid, Director Salty Thompson, and Assistant Director Brendan Keane, EIRA took on a massive series of tasks, namely:


  • Enter a series of regional teams into RCTs around the nation
  • Send a U16 and U17 team to British Columbia 
  • Send a U17/U18 team to Ireland
  • Send a U16 and a U17/18 team to Ontario


Doing this required the program to identify something like 129 players who had the talent and also the desire and availability to play (you'll see the squad lists below; with 131 listed; two players, Peyton Wall and Cian Messner, played in two events). That, in itself, was a huge accomplishment.

The EIRA program got this done, found the players, and put together large coaching staffs to get these tours finished. The coaches were given plenty of autonomy to develop the teams, but within the Eagle Impact way of doing things, which relies heavily on mastering basic skills. 

All of that should be reason for praise. 

And then, they won games. That was even more noteworthy. On the three international tours, the EIRA teams played 13 games, and finished 10-3. Only one loss was by more than the margin of an unconverted try, and that was when the EIRA team in Ireland played Leinster Academy in a three-period game during which Leinster ran out three completely different 15s for each period. 

You can see full reports on these games here.



But let's make a note in these pages. These players all got a chance to play in another country. They all got a chance to play with other good athletes. They all got a chance to break out and be better. This kind of exposure is exactly what young elite players need. It was a success before anyone scored a try. The fact that they also all came together to win games and win series is just icing on the cake.


EIRA U16s 32 BC U16s 12

EIRA U17s 74 BC U17s 0

EIRA U16s 24 BC U16s 25

EIRA U17s 41 BC U17s 15


EIRA Ireland Touring Squad 12 Ulster Academy U17s 7

EIRA Ireland Touring Squad 9 Leinster Academy XVs 33

EIRA Ireland Touring Squad 29 Ulster Academy U17s 24


EIRA U16s 27 Ontario U16s 21

EIRA U17s/U18s 27 Ontario U18s 32

EIRA U16s 24 Ontario U16s 21

EIRA U17s/U18s 24 Ontario U18s 19

EIRA U16s 24 Ontario U16s 19

EIRA U17s/U18s 29 Ontario 15


    EIRA U17s to BC  
First Last Home Club State
Julian Arteaga Tri City CA
Jonah Auvaa Rainier Highlanders WA
Dante Bandoni Granite Bay CA
Jacob Birkofer Brownsburg Rugby Club IN
William Chevalier Neuqua Wildcats Rugby Club IL
Alexander Evans Granite Bay CA
Aizak Fido South Bay Youth Rugby CA
Jonathan Haley Pasadena RFC CA
Karl Keane Eastside Lions Youth Academy WA
Isaia Lotawa Eastside Lions Youth Academy WA
Andrew Martinez Granite Bay Rugby CA
Matthew McCarthy Boulder Lions Rugby Club CO
Miles McCormick Aztec Warriors CA
Ronnie McElligott SFGG CA
Cian Messner Penn HS IN
Cyprian Miller Phoenix Firebirds AZ
Elias Ramirez Jesuit Rugby club CA
Kurt Sakata Back Bay CA
Carson Shoemaker Arrowhead Berserkers RFC AZ
Jonah Tavai Los Angeles CA
Sam Tipple Back Bay CA
Bryce Van Order Granite Bay Rugby CA
    EIRA U16s to BC  
First Last Home Club State
George Baron Saint Thomas Aquanis - KS KS
Jacob Cortinas Peninsula Green RFC CA
Jack Flanagan Phoenix Firebirds AZ
Alex Geisert Liberty North High School MO
Luca Gillespie-Brown Peninsula Green RFC CA
Brayden Goodnight Brownsburg IN
Jonathan Hammond West Shore United TX
Triston Haverty Granite Bay Rugby CA
Viliami Hopoi CP Harlequins CA
Braiden Manusina Arrowhead Berserkers AZ
Jacob McDonald Aztec Warriors CA
George Henry Miller, V Jesuit High School CA
Jake Negrete San Joaquin Memorial HS CA
John Nelson Temecula Rugby CA
Lucas Pattinson Back Bay CA
Marcus Pinzon North County Youth Rugby CA
Dylan Richardson Corona Hawks CA
Mavaeganailetai Roberts South Bay Spartans CA
Edwin Sanderson Granite Bay Rugby CA
Max Schumacher Jesuit High School CA
Jake Stone San Diego Aztecs CA
Colin Turner Back Bay CA
Ethan van Tonder Rocky Mountain RFC ID
Peyton Wall Leo Lions Rugby IN
Gabriel Wegge OMBAC CA
Ben Wierenga Valley Center High School CA
    EIRA U17s/U18s For Ontario  
First Last Home Club State
Tomas Alsenas Christian Brothers High School TN
Liam Andersen Morris Rugby NJ
Maximillian Clark   UK
Jared Cordova Ft. Hunt VA
Samuel Fisher North Central IN
Aidan Gallagher Chapel Hill Highlanders NC
Matthew Gelhaus Walnut Hills OH
Andrei Golding Ft. Hunt VA
Lewis Gray Jupiter Sharks FL
George Heard Vienna VA
Tyler Heer Culver Academies CA
Zachary Hylton Charlotte Catholic NC
Eshaan Kaul Granite Bay Rugby CA
Cian Messner Penn HS IN
Hugo Meyjonade St.Thomas Aquinas FL
Douglas Mitchell Granite Bay CA
Francisco Morano Peccoud Okapi Wanders FL
Charlie Overton Staples CT
Max Palmer Katy Barbarians TX
Travis Preston Fort Hunt Warriors VA
Braden Ramsey Lake Travis TX
Tarshawn Reed Union County Lions NC
James Reed III Charlotte Tigers NC
Matthew Start Myers Park HS NC
Adam Taylor Ft. Hunt VA
Iason Terezis Penn High School IN
Chad Tiernan Cardinal Gibbons FL
Adam Zareb Avon Black Swarm IN
Ultan Horrigan Georgetown Prep DC
    EIRA U16s For Ontario  
First Last Home Club State
David Afaese Penn HS IN
Gramoz Bici Greenwich High School CT
David Boatwright West Pines Wolfhounds AZ
Casey Burr Prince William VA
Marco Caramanico MRFC Academy Boys NY
Gavin Cunningham Clayton Rugby NC
Dakota Duncan Fishers High School IN
Blake Ecklund Arapahoe CO
Alexander Kennach Penn HS IN
Donovan Law Charlotte Tigers NC
Darius Law Charlotte Tigers NC
Francisco Liguori Greenwich High School CT
Jacob Line Orlando FL
Charles Martel Bethesda Roosters MD
Juan Molinari Gonzaga HS DC
Damian Morley Play Rugby USA Academy NY
Jake Pretorius Roswell GA
Henri Ross-Pelat Play Rugby USA Academy NY
Aidan Smith Xavier High School NY
Dominic Tianga St. Thomas Aquinas FL
Philip Tracey Dayton Northern Force OK
Elijah Valle Jupiter Sharks FL
Peyton Wall Leo High School Rugby IN
Michael Wilder Charlotte Tigers NC
Collin Willsey Twin City Tornados / Chicago Blaze IL
Matthew Zaudtke Georgetown Prep DC
    EIRA Squad to Ireland  
First Last Home Club State
Tyren Aljiboori Union High OK
Austin Arnett Tribe Rugby TN
Ayden Augspurg Parkhill United MO
Alexander Cleary Chuckanut WA
Nolan Filteau Amoskeag NH
Matthew Freeman Gonzaga MD
Mateo Gadsden Back Bay CA
Jasper Green St Paul's, London UK
Kaipono Kayoshi Granite Bay CA
Isaia Kruse Bullard CA
Russell Lemaster Royal Irish IN
Niklas Lundqvist Coastal Dragons CA
Michael Maafu Tempe AZ
John McCrossin Fort Hunt VA
Christiaan Mosconi Back Bay CA
Zachary Neff C.K. McClatchy Lions CA
Sean Nolan Back Bay CA
Gavin Prentice Eastside Lions WA
James Reid Loudoun VA
Cole Semu Chuckanut WA
Quinn Sheppard C.K. McClatchy Lions CA
Sidney Shoop South Greenvill NC
Adam Tounkara Maryland Exiles MD
Alex Vaca Santa Monica CA
Jordan Wander Harlequin Colts TX
Inoke Waqavesi C.K. McClatchy Lions CA
Michael Weir Doylestown Rugby Club PA
Larry Williams Clayton Copperheads NC