MJAAs Face Canada U20s in 2018 Qualifier Final

2018 Junior World Trophy North American Qualifier

The USA Rugby Men’s Junior All-Americans (MJAAs) lost 60-22 to the Canadian U20s side in their first match of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier series at Penberthy Rec Sports Complex at College Station, Texas.

The second and final match of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier will take place at Rice University on Sat, June 16 at 3:30 PM CT. The team with highest aggregate difference in scores across the two games qualifies for the World Junior Trophy in Bucharest, Romania August 28 to September 10.

The USA has made one change in the starters from the first match with Devin Short moving to flanker from the reserves. As the result of the red card received by Bronson Tels in the first match, Bailey Wilson moves to lock from flanker. In the reserves Max Dacey joins the squad.

Canada’s “Seth Purdey had a head knock in the game on Tuesday and has been replaced by Elias Ergas, with Mostyn Findlay coming in on the wing instead of Ergas. Brandon Schellenberger is now the second back on the bench. Jackson Matthews starts this game as number 8 in an exchange with Owain Ruttan, who is now a ‘finisher’. Sam Turner, having recovered from concussion, replaces Stephen Mallard as a replacement prop.”


USA Roster:
1. Payton Ilalio (Saint Mary’s College)
2. Dillon Shotwell (Sam Houston State University)
3. David Ainuu (Toulouse Rugby)
4. Ronan Murphy (Saint Mary’s College)
5. Bailey Wilson (Utah United)
6. Justin Johnson (Life University)
7. Devin Short (San Diego Legion)
8. Santi Mascolo (Iona College)
9. Ruben de Haas (C) (Free State Cheetahs)
10. Sam Walsh (Scots College) (NZ)
11. Noah Niumataiwalu (Saint Joseph’s University)
12. Quinn Perry (Santa Monica Rugby)
13. Jack Wendling (Central Washington University)
14. Patrick Medina (Austin Blacks)
15. Patrick Madden (Cal Poly State University-San Louis Obispo)
16. Stephen McLeish (Lindenwood University)
17. Jack Wiles (St. Bonaventure University)
18. Daryl Bagley (American International College)
19. Will Waguespack (NOLA Gold Rugby)
20. Max Dacey (Glendale Raptors)
21. Ethan McVeigh (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club – Wallabies)
22. Campbell Johnstone (Mount St. Mary’s University)
23. Jack Bradfield (Cleveland Westside Rovers)


  • Head Coach – Scott Bracken
  • Assistant Coach – Michael Engelbrecht
  • Assistant Coach – Brendan O’Meara
  • Athletic Trainer – Catherine Donahue
  • Team Manager – Kevin McCorry
  • Director of Rugby – JD Stephenson

Canada U-20 Roster:
1. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
2.Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
3.Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4.Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
5.Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
6.Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
7.James O’Neill – Captain,UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8.Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
9.Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
10.Steven Commerford – Brock University (Toronto, ON)
11.Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12.Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
13.Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
14.Mostyn Findley – UVIC Vikes (Regina, SK)
15.Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
16.Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
17. Sam Turner – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
18.Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
19.Ben Newhook – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
20.Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
21.Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
22.Brock Gallagher – James Bay AA (Edmonton, AB)
23.Brandon Schellenberg – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

Canada’s Under-20 Men’s Team Staff:
Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Adam Roberts – Assistant Coach
Adam Kleeberger – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Pat Parfrey – Manager
Mike Flynn – Co-Manager
Derrick Pue – Video analyst
Kiyomi Thompson – Physiotherapist

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