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The USA U20s have officially ended their time in the Junior World Championships, losing 46-12 Sunday to Fiji to finish 12th out of 12.
The USA will be replaced by Italy in 2014, with the Americans moving back down to the Junior World Rugby Trophy they won in 2012.
Fiji scored four tries in the first half to take a commanding 22-0 lead. Emori Waqa scored his second try minutes into the second half to make it 27-0. After that, it was a more even contest. Vilu Toluta'u notched the USA's 1st try at 13 minutes of the second half, and Korbin Lindell scored the team's second try to close the score to 27-12. But two tries by Fiji in the final five minutes finished the USA off.
Tries: Waqa 3, Tuisese, Doge, Vatuba, Rarasea, Kunavore
Convs: Waqa, Douglas 2
Tries: Toluta'u, Lindell
Overall, the USA U20s were, unfortunately, complete overmatched in this competition. They played South Africa, France, England, Scotland, and Fiji, teams that were virtually all professional - populated with players who were in major club or province academy systems, or actually regular players on major pro teams.
Fiji did not list the affiliation of their players, but the other four teams did. Of those four squads of 28, we found two players who are in college, and one who is in high school. The rest are listed as part of major clubs or provincial teams, or, in some case, the South African national 7s academy. Here is the team list (in alphabetical order)
Aberdeen Grammar RC
ASM Clermont Auvergne
CS Bourgoin Jallieu
Eastern Province Kings
Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians
Lyon Olimpique Universitaire
Montpellier Herault Rugby Club
Racing Metro 92
South Africa 7s
Sporting Union Agen
By contrast, the USA team's background was nowhere near as consistent.
Six US-based clubs provided players:
Las Vegas Blackjacks
San Francisco Golden Gate
Tempe Rugby Club
Of those, the Metropolis players were also associated with the Spearhead Academy.
Eight colleges provided players:
Arkansas State University
St Mary's College, California
Central Washington University
Saint Joseph's University
University of California
Three overseas universities provided players:
University College Dublin
And four players came from clubs outside the USA:
Club Universitario Buenos Aires