USA Rugby Junior All-American Camp

January 14, 2016

USA Rugby Junior All-American Camp


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The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans Camp for the upcoming World Rugby U20 Trophy qualifier against Canada begins Friday, Jan. 15, at Lindenwood University.

Interim Head Coach JD Stephenson and Lindenwood Rugby’s Director of Rugby and his staff will conduct the camp in preparation for the February 13 match with Canada’s U20 side. The winner of the one-off playoff will represent North America in the U20 Trophy in Zimbabwe.

A Camp was held last month and invitations were sent out for this vamp based on performance. Some notable absences from that camp return to this camp. This includes, Ben Cima, Hanco Germishuys, Nick Kwasniewski and Darien Pickett.

“The interim work between assemblies has focused on player and team development of those identified in the process and the implementation of our systems, policies, and practices, of which the foundation was laid in the December Camp,” Stephenson said. “This has been carried out through weekly Skype calls, email and phone discussions with unit-specific groups, and the availability of our online resources to the playing group as a whole.”

“When we discuss the buy-in of players and coaches alike to the All-American program, those involved understand the strain that the absence from school can place on their academics and their respective rugby program’s cohesion,” Stephenson said. “In the two upcoming assemblies, we have been sure to build in study halls and utilize tutors for the players to ease the burden on their academics and try not to overwhelm them mentally during the assembly process to avoid player burnout when they head back to their program.

“We are extremely grateful to the programs that assist in the identification process of players and put forward players. We hope that we can continue to add value to that player through continued development on and off the pitch and the ability to represent their country at the highest age-grade level.”

AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans

Name School/Club Position
Malon Al-Jiboori Lindenwood University Flanker
Steven Branham University of Arizona Hooker
Benjamin Cima University of Maryland, Men, 15s Fly half
Sean Coleman University of Arizona Lock
Brian Collins Flanker
Connor Cudeback Cal Poly State University, Men, 15s Prop
Ruben de Haas Little Rock Junior Stormers Scrum half
Brennan Falcon Louisiana State University Flanker
Jacobus Germishuys Glendale Raptors Flanker
Rodney Giles Fly half
Zach Haley Metropolis Hooker
Brian Hannon University of Arizona Fly half
Dan Hostetler University of Cardiff, Wales Hooker
Jihad Khabir American International College Fly half
Nick Kwasniewski Grand Canyon University Prop
Siaso Mahoni Life West Lock
Deion Mikesell Lindenwood University Wing
Blake Nicholas Sacramento Rugby Lock
Mason Pedersen University of Arizona Prop
Darien Pickett Grand Canyon University Prop
Hayden Potgieter Santa Barbara City College Fly half
Roman Salanoa Kahuku High School Prop
Will Ben Sims Trinity College Dublin Center
Tyler Sousley University of Arizona Wing
Austin Taefu Tempe Old Devils Scrum half
Veuki Taumefolau Las Vegas Irish Number 8
Lorenzo Thomas Lindenwood University Center
Joeli Tikoisuva Metropolis Wing
Duncan Van Schalkwyk Life University Fly half
Joshua Warnock Pennisula Green Lock
Chance Wenglewski Lindenwood University Prop
Mitchell Wilson Life University Full back
Will Fifita Rocky Mountain Rebels Rugby 7s Center

AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans | Coaching Staff
JD Stephenson – Interim Head Coach
Justin Goonan – Strength and Conditioning & Skills Coach
Pete Borlase – Forwards Coach
James Walton – Video Analyst
Michael Engelbrecht – Backs Coach & Manager
David Fee – Skills Coach
Kevin Battle – Skills Coach & Academy Manager

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