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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

JAAs Name Strong Squad For Qualifiers

The opportunity was always there for the Eagles to field a strong squad for their upcoming Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifiers against Canada. For the first time in a long time the JWRT is set to be held at the end of summer which means that the qualifiers would take place at the beginning of summer leaving some of the top college players to participate. Previously players from schools like Cal couldn't participate because of school commitments, both athletic and academic. Now the team is loaded with talented players that they hadn't previously had available.

Some of the big names on this year's qualifier roster include Malon Al-Jiboori from the Eagles 7s, Chris Dyer and Jack Iscaro from Cal, Aaron Matthews from St. Mary's, and Deion Mikesell, Cristian Rodriguez, Lorenzo Thomas, and Chance Wenglewski from Lindenwood. Overall it provides one of the best rosters the team has had in a long time.

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Head coach JD Stephenson will lead the team in the two-leg qualifier. The first match is on June 13th with the second leg on the 19th. Both are in the Edmonton area. Streaming details will be available alter.

Squad

Malon Al-Jiboori - Men's Eagles Sevens
Tommy Clark - American International College
Jordan Crofts - Pennsylvania State University
Ruben De Haas - Little Rock Rugby Club
Christian Dyer - University of California, Berkeley
Peter Howard - Naas RFC (IRL)
Jack Iscaro - University of California, Berkeley
Justin Johnson - Life University
Jacob Jorstad - San Diego State University
Martin Keuchkerian - Mystic River Rugby Club
Nafitalai Maafu - Tempe Old Devils
Deven Marshall - Central Washington University
Aaron Matthews - Saint Mary's College
Deion Mikesell - Lindenwood University
Jack Miller - University of Colorado
Brian Nault - Central Washington University
Noah Niumataiwalu - Saint Joseph's University
Quinn Perry - Santa Monica Dolphins
Cristian Rodriguez - Lindenwood University
John Schnell - Katy Barbarians
Payton Telea - Saint Mary's College
Lorenzo Thomas - Lindenwood University
Daemon Torres - Life University
Samuel Walsh - Scots College (NZL)
Chance Wenglewski - Lindenwood University
Harley Wheeler - Life University
Jaret Williamson - St. Bonaventure University
Bailey Wilson - United Varsity Rugby

Staff

JD Stephenson - Head Coach
Rob Randell - Assistant Coach
Colton Cariaga - Assistant Coach
Chris Oosthuizen - Assistant Coach
Justin Goonan - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jimmy Harrison - Analyst
Alan Wallace - Physiotherapist
Mike Elam - Manager


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