Roster selected for HSAAs’ European Tour

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LISBON, Portugal — The USA Rugby Boys High School All-American Junior Varsity (under-17) team, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, opens its three-game European tour with Portugal Wednesday, April 9, at 4:00 P.M. local time (11:00 A.M. ET).

The 28-man squad assembled in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, fitness tested Sunday morning, then flew to Lisbon. The team will have three training sessions prior to the opening game.

The HSAA squad ranges from freshmen to juniors, all 1997 births apart from five players born in 1998. The forwards have impressive size and mobility. Branham and Haley return as U17 hookers while Iscaro, Moli, Jacobs and Bloomfield offer good options at prop. Four players stand at six-foot-four, with Mahoni the tallest at six-foot-seven at lock, to provide obvious lineout potential.

Nault, Branham, Matthews, Raby and Heer were U17s last year against Wales and England U16s. Mahoni, Branham and Matthews were on the July tour to Argentina. That type of experience for high school juniors should show in their performance and leadership.

The backs have power and pace. Strong midfield running is expected from Matthews and Thomas while the outside backs have impressive speed in Heer, Lim, Raby, Miller and Moon White.

Power and Ramirez are good, strategic kickers at 10, while Walty and Cortinas provide the connection at scrum-half.

“The two-game series against Portugal will provide a measure on how we can come together and play as a team,” HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson said. “Performances this week will determine who makes the team for the France U17 game next Wednesday in Lyon.”

The JV program is a much-needed development pathway to international rugby. Titi Lamositele, Hanco Germishuys, Scott Dean, Michael Reid, Ben Cima (all with the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans in Hong Kong for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy) were U17s in the past two years.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | European Tour

Keanu Andrade 5’7″ 190 Sophomore De La Salle and Danville
Chase Bixby 6’6″ 195 Junior Granite Bay Grizzlies
Sione Bloomfield 5’9″ 200 Junior Herriman High School
Steven Branham 5’11” 220 Junior Fallbrook
Erik Cortinas 5’7″ 145 Junior Peninsula Green
Gavin Devine 6’3″ 225 Junior Muskego
George Fotu 6’5″ 220 Sophomore Peninsula Green
Zachary Haley 6′ 200 Junior Hopkins Royals
Travis Heer 5’11” 195 Junior Back Bay Sharks
Jack Iscaro 6’1″ 245 Junior Gonzaga College High School
Jon Jacobs 6’3″ 260 Junior Prince William
Liam Jimmon 6’4″ 225 Sophomore Back Bay Sharks
Devin Lim 6’1″ 180 Junior San Diego Young Aztecs
Siaosi Mahoni 6’7″ 250 Junior Peninsula Green
Sim Mander 6’1″ 178 Sophomore Wasps
Aaron Matthews 5’9″ 185 Junior Back Bay Sharks
Korbin Miller 6′ 165 Sophomore Charlotte Tigers
Kalisi Moli 6’2″ 251 Junior Herriman High School
Olan Moon White 6’1″ 175 Junior Santa Monica
Brian Nault 6’1″ 210 Junior Shelton Savages
Darian Power 5’11” 165 Junior United
Torran Raby 6’2″ 185 Junior San Diego Mustangs
Andres Ramirez 5’9″ 178 Junior Sacramento Jesuit
Lorenzo Thomas 6’2″ 220 Junior Union
Evan Walty 5’9″ 158 Junior Belmont Shore
Joshua Warnock 6’3″ 215 Sophomore Peninsula Green
John Weigold 6’1″ 205 Junior Greenwich High School
Jack White 6’1″ 195 Freshman Penn Rugby
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