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USA U20s Warm Up, Ready To Face Canada

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USA U20s Warm Up, Ready To Face Canada

USA U20s vs Austin Elite Academy. Jordan Maat photo.

HOUSTON, TX. - The Men's Junior All-Americans will face Canada's U20sat Texas A&M's PenberthyPlaying Field on June 12th and Rice University's Rugby Field on June 16thin their two match World Rugby Trophy Qualification Series. Taking place at 7 PM and 3:30 PM, respectively, admission to both matches will be free of charge.

(Jordan Maat photos)

The U20s warmed up on Friday night with a 77-0 defeat of the Austin Elite Academy. U20s Head Coach Scott Bracken said "we wanted to get a good look at different personnel combinations and work our systems. We accomplished both. Happy with the way the team competed ... we identified some strengths and weaknesses to address going forward."

Tuesday the U20s face rival-Canada, coached by Jeff Williams. The Canadians also have a couple of warmup matches under their belts and used that to finalize the roster for this week.

"Fortunately, there has been strong competition for places," said Williams. "Furthermore, we decided to go with six forwards and two backs on the bench, in view of the high heat and humidity in Houston."

The last time both met in a World Rugby Trophy Qualification Series, they split the series with the Canadians earning the berth due to their cumulative points total.

With teams from all seven other regions already qualified, only one North American spot remains for the World Rugby tournament set to take place in Romania, August 24th.

Fans across Texas are encouraged to attend and show their support as the Men's Junior All-Americans represent their country on the greater journey to becoming Eagles. Likewise, philanthropic support is critical for athletes in age-grade programs to continue their journey to National Team selection.






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Head Coach

Scott Bracken

Assistant Coach

Michael Engelbrecht

Assistant Coach

Brendan O'Meara

Athletic Trainer

Catherine Donahue

Team Manager

Kevin McCorry

Director of Rugby

JD Stephenson



Canada Under-20 Roster to face USA on Tuesday:
1. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
2. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
3. Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
5. Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
6. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
7. James O’Neill – UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8. Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
9. Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
10. Steven Commerford – Brock University (Toronto, ON)
11. Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
13. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
14. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
15. Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
16. Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
17. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
18. Stephen Mallard – Swiler’s RFC (St. John’s, NL)
19. Ben Newhook – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
20. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
21. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
22. Brock Gallagher – James Bay AA (Edmonton, AB)
23. Mostyn Findley – UVIC Vikes (Regina, SK)



v. Canada U20s

Tue, June 12 | 7 PM CT

Penberthy Playing Field (Texas A&M University)

Admission is free


v. Canada U20s

Tue, June 16 | 3:30 PM CT

Intramural Field (Rice University)

Admission is free


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