Friday, April 8, 2016

Junior All-Americans Named For JWRT

Junior All-Americans head coach JD Stephenson (who we talked with yesterday) has named his squad for the upcoming Junior World Rugby Trophy. As Stephenson noted in our interview he's going with the group of players that qualified against Canada with a few changes here and there.  The team will gather this weekend at Lindenwood University. 

Some of the more notable names in the team include capped Eagles Hanco Germishuys and Lorenzo Thomas. Louis Mulholland, who was in the Eagles 50-man team for the World Cup, and qualifier star Ben Cima are also on the squad. Another notable player includes the very tall Victor Comptat from the Brive system. Overall, the squad is once again a mix of college and club players that are available for the tournament. 

Forwards: Malon Al-Jiboori (Lindenwood), Sam Benkowski (Metropolis), Steven Branham (Arizona), Victor Comptat (Brive), Brennan Falcon (LSU), Carter Hunchik (Life), Deven Marshall (Unaffiliated), Mason Pedersen (Arizona), Roman Salanoa (Kahuku High School), Chad Sneyd (Gosford Rugby), Veuki Taumoefolau (Las Vegas Irish), Bronson Teles (Katy Barbarians), Ruairi Van Raalte (Utiku Old Boys), Chance Wenglewski (Lindenwood)

Backs: Ben Cima (Rocky Gorge), Ruben de Haas (Little Rock), Rodney Giles (Henley Hawks), Brian Hannon (IUPUI), Travis Heer (Lindenwood), Devin Lim (UCLA), Louis Mulholland (Bath University), Tyler Sousley (Arizona), Lorenzo Thomas (Lindenwood), Duncan Van Schalkwyk (Life), Mitchell Wilson (Life)

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