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

Malon Al-JibooriLindenwood UniversityFlanker
Steven BranhamUniversity of ArizonaHooker
Benjamin CimaUniversity of Maryland, Men, 15sFly half
Sean ColemanUniversity of ArizonaLock
Brian CollinsFlanker
Connor CudebackCal Poly State University, Men, 15sProp
Ruben de HaasLittle Rock Junior StormersScrum half
Brennan FalconLouisiana State UniversityFlanker
Jacobus GermishuysGlendale RaptorsFlanker
Rodney GilesFly half
Zach HaleyMetropolisHooker
Brian HannonUniversity of ArizonaFly half
Dan HostetlerUniversity of Cardiff, WalesHooker
Jihad KhabirAmerican International CollegeFly half
Nick KwasniewskiGrand Canyon UniversityProp
Siaso MahoniLife WestLock
Deion MikesellLindenwood UniversityWing
Blake NicholasSacramento RugbyLock
Mason PedersenUniversity of ArizonaProp
Darien PickettGrand Canyon UniversityProp
Hayden PotgieterSanta Barbara City CollegeFly half
Roman SalanoaKahuku High SchoolProp
Will Ben SimsTrinity College DublinCenter
Tyler SousleyUniversity of ArizonaWing
Austin TaefuTempe Old DevilsScrum half
Veuki TaumefolauLas Vegas IrishNumber 8
Lorenzo ThomasLindenwood UniversityCenter
Joeli TikoisuvaMetropolisWing
Duncan Van SchalkwykLife UniversityFly half
Joshua WarnockPennisula GreenLock
Chance WenglewskiLindenwood UniversityProp
Mitchell WilsonLife UniversityFull back
Will FifitaRocky Mountain Rebels Rugby 7sCenter

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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