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USA U20s Pepare To Face Canada

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USA U20s Pepare To Face Canada

CHULA VISTA, CA. - The USA Men’s Under-20s will assemble this weekend in southern California for a preparation camp ahead of the U20 Trophy Qualifier series this June. Camp will and take place from May 11-16 featuring 32 under-20 athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista.  

Coaches will use the preparation camp as an opportunity to test and evaluate players ahead of final selections for the main qualifier series against rival-Canada June 4 and June 8 in Victoria, B.C. Following the training camp, players and staff will have a two week break before assembling in Canada on June 1.

The camp roster includes 2018 Team USA Youth Olympians Alex Cleary, Ulu Niutupuivaha and Lauina Falatea. Senior Men’s Eagles Sevens player Ben Broselle is also in the mix, after recently making his debut in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and helping the United States win a historic second-consecutive Gold Medal at their home tournament in Las Vegas this March.

Seven players have already been selected to the final traveling squad for the Qualifier Series but will not attend preparation camp due to college finals. Those athletes include: Jack Manzo, Matt Meehan, Sam Golla, Jason Severance, Luke Freeman, Ethan McVeigh, Sam Walsh and Eric Naposki.

“May's camp will help us make final selections and prepare for a highly competitive qualification series in June,” said Head Coach Scott Bracken. “The staff and I are excited to work with this group of exceptional athletes who have unique opportunity to represent their country in one of the biggest international competitions of their age-group.”

“Bailey Wilson will once again Captain the side after doing great work last December.  Most of our athletes hail from the USA Collegiate ranks; however, players from Men's D1, Major League Rugby and overseas are represented as well.”

Information on how to follow the U20 Trophy Qualifier Series in June will be announced closer to date. The World Rugby U20 Trophy Tournament takes place from July 9-21 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 

USA MEN’S U20s ROSTER

Name

Position

College/Club

Alex Lopeti

Prop

Life West

Alex Nanai

Prop

University of Connecticut

Doug Mitchell

Prop

Central Washington University

Gabe Kettering

Prop

Lindenwood University

Jack Wiles

Prop

St. Bonaventure University

Jared Miller

Prop

Life University

Braden Looper

Hooker

University of Arizona

Spencer Loughman

Hooker

Rugby Academy Ireland

Asa Carter

Lock

Arkansas State

Matt Gelhaus

Lock

Kutztown

Ulu Niutupuivaha

Lock

USA Men’s Sevens Residency Program

Bill Whiteside

Lock

Lindenwood University

Alex Cleary

Back row

Central Washington University

Anthony Ryan

Back row

University College Cork

Bailey Wilson

Back row

Utah Valley University

Chase Jones

Back row

St. Mary's College of California

Chris Noggle

Back row

Santa Barbara Academy

Will Vakalahi

Back row

DC Old Glory

Jake Christmann

Halfback

Utah Warriors

Jeff Peleseuma-Breiz

Halfback

San Francisco Golden Gate

Brock Stinson

Flyhalf

Kutztown

Mike Weir

Flyhalf

Dartmouth College

Brandon Calk

Center

St. Mary's College of California

Cole Semu

Center

BYU

Ian Kilcullen

Center

Penn State

Isaiah Taliulu

Center

BYU

Jack Wendling

Center

Central Washington

Royce Fisher

Center

Santa Barbara Academy

Lauina Falatea

Center/Wing

USA Men’s Sevens Residency Program

Ben Broselle

Wing

USA Men’s Sevens Residency Program

Julian Roberts

Wing/Fullback

Life University

Ryan James

Fullback

OMBAC


 

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 | Chris Belmonte

Performance Analyst | Jake Sullivan

Operations Manager | Kevin McCorry