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U19 Named to Face Canada

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U19 Named to Face Canada

Vice captain Ruben de Haas starts at scrumhalf. Seen here scoring for the HS All Americans East v Ontario this past summer. Allison Bradfield photo.

USA U19 Head Coach JD Stephenson has named his squad to face the Canada U19s Friday at 1pm at Chula Vista, Calif.

The roster is an extended group of 26, as both teams have agreed to enlarge their benches for this game, thus getting more game time for players in this two-game series.

Several players who have impressed in Eagle Impact Rugby Academy and HS All American action this past year are on the list, with several getting special notice from Goff Rugby Report. One player to watch that you might have have heard much about would be Tavite Lopeti (see more on him and his team here), a shifty, exciting outside back from Peninsula Green who has the potential to open up defenses. He will partner with the impressive Sean Lumkong in the midfield.

Several players on the roster are listed with their current college or club team, but have their previous high school or youth programs to thank for getting them here. among them, Dillon Shotwell (Kingwood HS, Texas), Karem Odeh (Brunswick HS, Ohio), Justin Johnson (Mira Costa, California), Lia Monis (Rainier Highlanders, Washington), Jack Miller (Brookline HS), Anton Grigoriou (San Clemente/Back Bay, California), Naima Fualaau (Hayward, California), and Campbell Robinson (Phoenix, Georgia).

Of note also, Sam Walsh played his high school rugby in Wellington, NZ, but was born in the USA and came back to the United States to participate in an Atavus camp and position himself to be in the USA mix. He has been working his way through the process and, according to observers, and heavily committed to representing the USA.



USA U19 Roster to Face Canada December 30, 2016
Position Name Current Team Team's State
1 Jonas Petrakopoulos Royal Irish Indiana
2 Dillion Shotwell Texas State Texas
3 Karem Odeh Life University Georgia
4 Nafi Maafu Tempe Old Devils Arizona
5 Lia Monis Central Washington Washington
6 Justin Johnson Life University Georgia
7 Jack Miller U. Colorado Colorado
8 Bailey Wilson (C) United Varsity Rugby Utah
9 Ruben de Haas (VC) Little Rock Junior Stormers Arkansas
10 Anton Grigoriou U. Arizona Arizona
11 Ben Broselle Chuckanut Bay Washington
12 Sean Lumkong Coastal Dragons California
13 Tavite Lopeti Peninsula Green California
14 Ryan James San Diego Young Aztecs California
15 Patrick Madden San Diego Young Aztecs California
16 Isaiah Toutua Danville California
17 Jeremy Ockomichalak Santa Monica California
18 David Ainuu Liberty Patriots Washington
19 Joshua Schnell Katy Barbarians Texas
20 Joe Rusert-Cuddy Palmer HS Terrors Colorado
21 Conor McManus Fort Hunt Virginia
22 Sam Walsh Scots College Wellington, NZ
23 Naima Fualaau Life West California
24 Campbell Robinson Arkansas State Arkansas
25 William Mailau Peninsula Green California
26 Quinn Perry Santa Monica California