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The USA U20 men’s team held the second of its two camps this past week, with over 60 players from mostly the eastern half of the USA, with some from overseas.

This followed up on Head Coach Jason Kelly’s earlier west coast camp. The players trained and stayed at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Fla.

“I thought it was a really good camp,” Kelly told RUGBYMag.com. “If you pinned me down I’d say that this camp was maybe a shade more athletic than the first one, but it’s close. We did identify several really good players.”

The group of players was split into two teams, Blue and White, and trained in preparation for a game at the end of camp. That game was an intense, even chippy affair played over three 40-minute periods.

Kelly is still looking for more flyhalves and front-rowers, a state of affairs most USA elite teams deal with. And he is deep in talented back-rowers and centers, also not an uncommon situation.

Among those that impressed were Jarod Stewart, who has played rugby league in the UK, and flanker Chris Maize, who learned his rugby in Hong Kong and was coached by an old teammate of Kelly’s.

The players overall responded well and really embraced the team ethos Kelly is trying to put together.

“I am excited with the players we saw, and it’s a good start, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Nine of the players in camp were returning USA U20s or played for the High School All Americans last year: Nick Barrett, Anitema Solomone, Alex Goff, Andy Sandoval, Vili Kihe Toluta'u, Teli Veamatahau, Joe Whalen and Greg Wood.

Full camp list

Team White


Props
Club Pre Club
Solomone Anitema Metropolis (Minn.) Mana O Maui (Hawaii)
Tommy Stachowiak Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Marian (Ind.)
Chris Banks Dartmouth (NH) Daytona Beach U19s (Fla.)




Hookers


Casper Huizenga Kutztown Univ. (Pa.) Morris (NJ)
Steve Oczak St. John's Univ. (Minn.) North Suburban (Minn.)
Tino Paophavihanh OPSB (Wash.) Eastside Lions (Wash.)




Locks


Dylan Latham Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Parkway United (Mo.)
Joe Whalen St. Joseph's Univ. (Pa.) Gonzaga HS (DC)
Ricky Kiley St. John's Univ. (Minn.) Edina (Minn.)
Chris Marais Metropolis/Speaheard Acad. (Minn.) South Metro Tigers (Minn.)
Nick Barrett Metropolis (Minn.) Maconia (Minn.)




Back Rowers


Oisin O'Neill St. Gerard's (Ire.)
Tamatasi Paogafie-Buyten Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Kona Bulls (Hawaii)
Zack French Kutztown Univ. (Pa.) South Shore (Pa.)
Vili Kihe Toluta'u Metropolis (Minn.) Mana O Maui (Hawaii)
Dominique Bailey Davenport Univ. (Mich.) Louisville Middletown HS (Ky.)
Christian Adams Perry Street Pride (DC)
Josh Pentecost Middle Tennessee State Univ.




Scrumhalves


Knute O'Donnell Davenport Univ. (Mich.) Penn HS (Ind.)
Kevin Lydon Davenport Univ. (Mich.) Arlington Stallions (Ill.)




Flyhalves


Brady Gent Davenport Univ. (Mich.) Rockford HS (Mich.)




Centers


Lemoto Filikitonga Metropolis (Minn.) San Mateo Warriors (Calif.)
Robert Stortz Kutztown Univ. (Pa.) Morris (NJ)
Chris Vakasisikakala Penn State Univ. (Pa.) New York
Mike Houston Davenport Univ. (Mich.) Brother Rice (Ill.)




Deep Three


Ayrton Scott Youngbloodz/Eastside (Minn.)
Taylor Hayes Univ. Texas
Jake Feury Middlebury (Vt.) Morris (NJ)
Gavin Brown Arkansas State Univ. North Central HS (Ind.)








Team Blue


Props


Jonny Russell Penn State (Pa.)
Garrett Larson St. John's Univ. (Minn.) Burnsville HS (Minn.)
Max Lum Wheeling Jesuit (WV) Triad Youth (NC)




Hookers


Connor Schilling Davenport Univ. (Mich.) West Ottawa HS (Mich.)




Locks


Corey Momsen AIC (Mass.) Lake Country (Mass.)
Kevin Dear Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Parkway United (Mo.)
Shane Heil Arkansas State Univ. Plano HS (Texas)
Elisinoa Aluesi Oregon Sturgeon Oregon State Univ. Football




Back Rowers


Ekapatelisio (Teli) Veamatahau Metropolis (Minn.) San Mateo Warriors (Calif.)
Mike Gierlach Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Colorado Springs U19s (Colo.)
Adam Duignan St. Joseph's Univ. (Pa.) Xavier HS (NY)
Joel Clive Smith Western Province U19s (RSA)
Peter Malcolm Wheeling Jesuit (WV) Trojan U19s (Fla.)
Christopher Maize Borelli and Walsh Tigers (Hong Kong)
Joel Corrado Xavier HS (NY)
Alex Goff Arkansas State Univ. Brentwood (Tenn.)








Scrumhalves


Joe Sullivan Arkansas State
Tomas Gowland Marist College (NY) Greenwich HS (Conn.)
Charlie Hutchings Tampa Bay Krewe (Fla.) Tampa Barbarians (Fla.)




Flyhalves


Will Pazos Penn State Univ. (Pa.)
Grady Marsh Panama City (Fla.)




Centers


Michael Baska Arkansas State Univ. St. Thomas Aquinas (Mo.)
Greg Wood Arkansas State Univ. Cathedral Royal Irish (Ind.)
Cormac Murphy St. Munchin's (Ire.)
Tony Polataivao Oregon Sturgeon Southern Oregon U19s
Joseph Wolfer St. Joseph's Univ. (Pa.) Xavier HS (NY)
Jarod Stewart Newcastle Academy (UK)




Deep Three


Kolton Nelson Lindenwood Univ. (Mo.) Bixby (Okla.)
Nate Beaulieu Metropolis/Speahead Acad. (Minn.) North Shore Duluth (Minn.)
Ross Morris Penn State Univ. (Pa.)
Makeni Alo Utah Islanders
Drake Myers Univ. Utah Cathedral Royal Irish (Ind.)