USA Rugby Boys HS All-Americans Undefeated in British Columbia

July 19, 2016

USA Rugby Boys HS All-Americans Undefeated in British Columbia

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Doug Coil

The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans arrived in Vancouver on Sunday, July 10 and played against the British Columbia’s Under 18 squad on July 13 and 16 at the University of British Columbia.

Salty Thompson’s Boys High School All-Americans won both matches in British Columbia 48-0 and 54-3, as they did in sweeping the Ontario Blues’ under 19 team in two matches over three days on the campus of Appleby College.

The team was made up mostly of young student-athletes selected from the Great Northwest Challenge and Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge Regional Cup Tournaments. They consist of 1997, 1998 and 1999 born athletes.

Thompson’s coaching staff includes Scott Bracken, who was with the team in Ontario, and AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans Head Coach JD Stephenson. Bracken focused on set pieces, while Stephenson on defensive strategies. The coaching staff helped to develop the the players’ skill sets as well as identify players that will continue through the age-grade programs in the future.

Thompson said “It was a challenge, time-wise, to scout the Regional Cup Tournaments and select the BHSAAs ‘east’ and ‘west’ so quickly. The product was encouraging. It gave us a blend of seniors who will challenge for MJAA consideration and returning high schoolers providing continuity for the next cycle.”

BHSAA-eligible student-athletes reconvene at the Winter Camp in December.

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Boys High School All-Americans British Columbia Tour

NameClubPositionYearRCT
David Ainu’uLibertyPropJuniorNorthwest
Ben BroselleChuckanutCenterJuniorNorthwest
Brendan CurleUnionFly halfSeniorNorthwest
Taylor DamronBack Bay SharksUtility backSeniorWest
James DowneySan Diego MustangsScrum halfJuniorWest and North West
Owen DuvallCathedral CatholicPropSeniorWest
Carlos GomezDanville OaksWingJuniorNorthwest
Benny GondaSanta MonicaPropSeniorWest
Anton GrigoriouBack Bay SharksFly halfSeniorWest
Ryan JamesYoung AztecsWingJuniorWest
Justin JohnsonMira Costa High SchoolFlankerSeniorWest and North West
Sean LumkongLa Costa CanyonCenterJuniorWest and North West
Nafitalai MaafuTempeLockSeniorWest
Patrick MaddenYoung AztecsFull backJuniorWest
Sosefo Mailangi-RayBack Bay SharksNo. 8SeniorWest
Sim ManderSt. Paul’s, LondonCenterSeniorNone
Lia MonisRainier Junior HighlandersLockSeniorNorthwest
Jeremy OckomichalakSanta MonicaPropJuniorWest
Oscar OckomichalekSanta MonicaHookerSeniorWest
Justin OlesGranite Bay GrizzliesFlankerSeniorNorthwest
Cutler PonsPeninsula GreenScrum halfJuniorNorthwest
Kevin SaundersDanville OaksCenterJuniorNorthwest
Devin ShortBlackhawksLockSeniorWest
Elijah Tafao-BraganzaDanville OaksFlankerJuniorNorthwest
Halleluiah TiauliRainier Junior HighlandersHookerSeniorNorthwest
Joshua WarnockPeninsula GreenLockSeniorNorthwest

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