Wednesday, July 25, 2018

All-Americans Set For CanAm Futures Sevens

Press Release

More than 50 future olympians have been selected to compete at the CanAm Futures Sevens during the 45th Annual CanAm Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake Placid this weekend. With 28 girls and 25 boys High School All-Americans (U18) set to face one another on either USA red, white or blue teams (on each side), USA Rugby high performance coaches capitalize on evaluating the next generation of sevens players amongst their peers.

The CanAm Futures Sevens tournament will take place July 27-29 with the final game broadcast LIVE on FloRugby Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 PM ET. A men's extended squad will be nominated to the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Team, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee that day also; chosen for the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

"We are extremely grateful for John Morgan facilitating this opportunity for our players to compete, which will provide not only an integral development stage but serve as a key selection vehicle for our final squad," says JD Stephenson, Head Coach of the Men's Youth Olympic Games Team.

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Though the girls High School All-Americans did not qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, the tournament still provides a valuable forum for all 28 under-18 athletes to see more playing time. USA Rugby's General Manager for Women's High Performance Emilie Bydwell understands the importance of these competitions and how they benefit the long-term future of Olympic hopefuls.

"We are very grateful to John Morgan and his vision to launch a Futures Sevens event at Saranac Lake Placid. This provides us the opportunity to assemble the top 28 under-18 players with sevens potential and put them in an environment to accelerate their development," says Bydwell. "This event allows us to build on Youth Olympic Games momentum and continue to track and challenge our young talent."

Both girls and boys teams have arrived in Saranac Lake Placid and are being housed at Paul Smith's College. The CanAm Futures Sevens tournament kicks off this Friday, July 27 with the final game broadcast on FloRugby (Sun, July 29) and updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter. A comprehensive schedule will also be available closer to tournament start.

Susan Adegoke
PRUSA Academy
Leireena Anjolok
Land Park Harlequins
Kapoina Bailey
Kona Bulls High School
Kristin Bitter
Torrey Pines High School
Katherine Buzby
Young Aztecs Sevens
Isabella Devore
Rancho Bernardo High School
Paige Fallon
Battle Ground
Abby Fearey
Coastal Dragons
Madison Hadden
Westside Swarm
Sophia Haley
Hopkins Royals
India Horns
SoCal Youth Rugby
Mary Jibok
Land Park Harlequins
Clara Lemal-Brown
Hudson High School
Taylor Marasco
Kahuku High School
Destiny Nash
Land Park Harlequins
Cecelia Pennell
Summit High School
Alexandra Pipkin
North Bay Rugby
Olivia Popp
Land Park Harlequins
Madeline Rose
Scottsdale Wolves
Jillian Rovetti
Life West
Soneva Scott
Westside Swarm
Taina Scott
Kahuku High School
Kelly Tosheff
La Costa Canyon High School
Nohea Uluave
Kahuku High School
Paula Vincze
Summit High School
Alexandra Wantlin
Wizards Rugby
Sarah Wells
SoCal Youth Rugby
Camile White
North Bay Rugby


Program Director | Martha Daines
Coach | Josie Ziluca
Coach | Emily Record
Coach | Ryszard Chadwick
Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Team Manager | Annemarie Farrell

Dante Bandoni
Granite Bay
Shane Barry
Ramblin' Jesters
Elijah Billips
Play Rugby USA U19 Boys
Max Clark
Brighton College
Alexander Cleary
Chuckanut Bay Rugby
Kenji Ellison
EG United/ Rhinos Rugby Academy
Lauina Falatea
Kahuku Rugby
Junior Gafa
Backbay Sharks
Dylan Hendricks
Charles Keaweehu
Kahuku Rugby
Isaia Kruse
Bullard Rugby
Lewis Louie
Jupiter Sharks
Dylan Ramirez
SouthBay Spartans
Jon Rodriguez
Play Rugby USA Academy
Cole Semu
Chuckanut Bay
Sione Sione
Kahuku Rugby
William Stanton
Genesis/Utah Cannibals
Tyren Tyren
Union Rugby
Inoke Waqavesi
C.K. McClatchy Rugby
Richard Wierenga
Valley Center Avengers
William Chevalier
Neuqua Valley Wildcats
Jasper Green
St. Paul's School
Zachary Neff
C.K. McClatchy Rugby
Uluamu Niutupuivaha
Kahuku Rugby
Viliami Hopoi Viliami
Jesuit High School


Head Coach | JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach | Dave Fee
Assistant Coach | Brendan Keane
Assistant Coach | Shalom Suniula
Analyst | Tom Argy
Team Manager | Mike Elam
Athletic Trainer | Alan Wallace
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Robbie Lavery

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