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Monday, December 19, 2016

Junior All-American Development Team Named


Junior All-American head coach JD Stephenson has put together a Developmental Team that will face the Canada U-19 team in a series of two matches next week. The Developmental Team, essentially a U-19 team, will combine some players from the JAA and Boy's High School All-American pools that have/will be in camp this winter. The U.S. will play Canada on December 30th and January 2nd at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. 

The matches will serve has a great mid-winter test for both the BHAA's and the JAA's. The Junior All-Americans are preparing for their big qualifying series against Canada next June for a spot in the Junior World Rugby Trophy. This year's tournament and qualifying actually comes at a decent time for the program as it should fit within the schedule for most schools. 

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"This assembly is not only a great stop-gap for High School All-Americans preparing for collegiate rugby and young Junior All-Americans hoping to continue their age-grade careers, but builds on the continuity of the High Performance programs in a storied setting with Canada," Stephenson said in a U.S.A. Rugby press release. "The talent level of the country's youth grows year to year, and this under-19 squad will further showcase the camaraderie and passion our young players have to represent their country."

Details surrounding the broadcasting of the matches will be announced later. 

Muhammad Abdullah - Trojans Rugby Club 
David Ainuu - Liberty Patriots 
Ben Broselle - Chuckanut Bay High School 
Ruben De Haas - Little Rock Junior Stormers 
Sean Dowling - Fort Hunt Warriors 
Li'a Faletogo-Monis - Central Washington University 
Maanaima Fualaau - Life Chiropractic College West 
Calvin Gentry - Arkansas State University 
Antonios Grigoriou - University of Arizona 
Ryan James - San Diego Young Aztec Warriors 
Justin Johnson - Life University 
Tavite Lopeti - Life West 
Sean Lumkong - Coastal Dragons 
Nafitalai Maafu - Tempe Old Devils 
Patrick Madden - San Diego Young Aztec Warriors 
Sosefo Mailangi-Ray - Back Bay Sharks 
William Mailau - Peninsula Green High School 
Conor McManus - Fort Hunt Warriors 
Jack Miller - University of Colorado 
Jeremy Ockomichalak - Santa Monica Dolphins 
Karem Odeh - Life University 
Conner Pederson - Eastside Rugby Football Club Washington 
Quinn Perry - Santa Monica Dolphins 
Jonas Petrakopoulos - Royal Irish 
Kelsin Pupunu - University of Utah 
Campbell Robinson - Arkansas State University 
Joseph Rusert-Cuddy - Palmer High School Terrors 
Joshua Schnell - Katy Barbarians 
Dillon Shotwell - Texas State University 
Isaia Taotua - Danville Oaks 
William Waguespack - University of Louisiana, Lafayette 
Jack Walsh 
Bailey Wilson - United Varsity Rugby 
Marcos Young - Key Biscayne Rats

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