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USA U20 Men Selected To Face Canada

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USA U20 Men Selected To Face Canada

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SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. - Head Coach Scott Bracken has named his match-day roster for the USA Men’s U20s’ first match of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier Series against rival-Canada tonight.

Kickoff is set for 8:10 PM ET on facebook.com/RugbyCanada.

A total of 26 players will dress as part of the match-day roster, 15 starters and 11 reserves, though only up to eight reserves will see playing time.

2018 Team USA Youth Olympians Inoke “Junior” Waqavesi and Lauina Falatea both earned starting positions at wing and center, respectively.

The reserves feature three players not listed in the original full squad including Doug Mitchell, Jasper Green and Royce Fisher. Mitchell received the call-up for Matt Meehan who was unable to attend due to Army responsibilities, Green -- also a 2018 Team USA Youth Olympian -- jumped in for Eric Naposki. Fisher was a late addition.

Head Coach Scott Bracken said: “We have selected a starting group and finishers that we think will give us a good opportunity to compete against an a very good and experienced Canada team. Selections were difficult due to the overall quality of players in camp.  This is a credit to the player development work being done at clubs and colleges around the country.”

The finale of the Qualifier series will be played on June 8 at 8:10 PM ET, also LIVE on facebook.com/RugbyCanada. The team who has the highest aggregate score by the end of the two-match series will earn qualification to the World Rugby Trophy tournament in Brazil next month.
 

USA MEN’S U20s STARTERS

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB/COLLEGE

1. Jack Wiles

Prop

St. Bonaventure University

2. Jack Manzo

Hooker

University of California, Berkeley

3. Jared Miller

Prop

Life University

4. Sam Golla

Lock

University of California, Berkeley

5. Asa Carter

Lock

Arkansas State

6. Chase Jones

Flanker

St. Mary's College of California

7. Miles McCormick

Flanker

OMBAC/St. Augustine

8. Bailey Wilson (C)

No 8

Utah Valley University

9. Ethan McVeigh

Scrumhalf

Cardiff Metropolitan University

10. Mike Weir

Flyhalf

Dartmouth College

11. Inoke Waqavesi

Wing

USA Sevens Residency Program

12. Lauina Falatea

Center

USA Sevens Residency Program

13. Jack Wendling

Center

Central Washington University

14. Ryan James

Wing

San Diego Legion

15. Sam Walsh

Fullback

University of California, Berkeley

   

USA MEN’S U20s RESERVES
 

PLAYER

POSITION

CLUB/SCHOOL

16. Braden Looper

Reserve

University of Arizona

17. Doug Mitchell

Reserve

Central Washington University

18. Alex Lopeti

Reserve

Life West Gladiators

19. Matt Gelhaus

Reserve

Kutztown

20. Chris Noggle

Reserve

Santa Barbara Academy

21. Jeff Peleseuma-Breiz

Reserve

San Francisco Golden Gate

22. Cole Semu

Reserve

BYU

23. Jasper Green

Reserve

Dartmouth College

24. Will Vakalahi

Reserve

DC Old Glory

25. Luke Freeman

Reserve

University of California, Berkeley

26. Royce Fisher

Reserve

Santa Barbara Academy

 

USA MEN'S U20 STAFF

Head Coach | Scott Bracken

Assistant Coach, Attack | Brendan O’Meara

Assistant Coach, Defense | Michael Engelbrecht

Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Liam Harnett

Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aquirre

Performance Analyst | Jake Sullivan

Operations Manager | Kevin McCorry


 

WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER SERIES

Streamed LIVE on Rugby Canada’s Facebook Page

 

Tues, June 4

vs Canada U20s

8 PM ET

 

Sat, June 8

vs Canada U20s

8 PM ET

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