After the recent article on FloRugby about how Salty Thompson got an award, but maybe won't have as much to do with the HS All Americans going forward (in part because the HSAA team will be less active), we wanted to look at players who have gone through the Thompson system and have been capped by the USA.
Some notes from the Boys HS All American Winter Camp.
The HS All Americans defeated Ontario's U19s Thursday evening at the University of Guelph northwest of Hamilton and southwest of Toronto.
It was a wet evening in Guelph. It rained hard until kickoff and while the rain eased off, it was still there during the game and made for some handling errors by both teams.
The Boys HS All Americans are on tour in Ontario hoping to repeat their two-game sweep of the Blues in 2016.
The lineups for Thursday's game is here. The teams play again on Saturday.
Goff Rugby Report caught up with USA High School All American Head Coach Salty Thompson and Assistant Michael Engelbrecht, who also works with the U20s, as they scouted at the Rocky Mountain Challenge.
The High School All Americans finished last in the European U18 Championships, losing to Canada 13-12 in the final game of the tournament.
France won the tournament, with Georgia 2nd, Japan 3rd, Portugal 4th, Spain 5th, and Belgium 6th.
Spain edged the HS All Americans 26-22 in the teams' 2nd gam at the European U18 Championships Tuesday.
The game, played in Quimper, France, was the consolation semis. The USA will now play for 7th.
The Boys HS All Americans has lost 26-5 to Portugal in the European U18 Championships.
The HSAA team will now play for 5th in the consolation brackt. The American team looks like a group that had just come together, which is indeed the case, and especially their passing and alignments in the backline were disjointed, resulting in a lot of dropped balls, and passes to no one.
The Boys HS All Americans are getting set to kick off U18 European Championships Friday in Brittany, France.
University of Washington football player and former Husky rugby player Psalm Wooching has announced that he is choosing rugby football.
Head Coach Salty Thompson has named a HS All Americans squad to play at the Men's U18 European Championships in April.
The team will compete in games April 7, 11, and 16 in Brittany, France. On April 7 they will take on the Portugal U18s, and then the teams move on to semis, and finals. Also participating will be Japan, Belgium, Canada, Georgia, France, and Spain.