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Malcolm May in defense for Penn State

With the inclusion of Rugby 7s in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2014 Youth Summer Olympics in Nanjing, China will feature the sport as well. The United States will be sending twelve boys and twelve girls to represent the Stars and Stripes.

With USA 7s Coach Richie Walker coaching the girls, England Rugby 7s legend Ben Gollings leading the boys, and Salty Thompson serving as the team leader there is no shortage of leadership to supplement the talented players selected for the games. 

Selections for the squads were made through a number of different mediums. Various camps around the country, including those held at Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, aided in player identification. In addition, Regional All-Star Tournaments and High School All-American events were critical in searching for talent. Furthermore, selective touring 7s sides such as Atlantis and Tiger provided another method to get noticed. The coaching staff attended a number of tournaments around the country, while also sending scouts to tournaments they could not attend. High Quality 15s teams were certainly given a strong look, while reccomendations from people within the rugby community were also considered. 

"I think it is a huge honor to represent the United States at the Nanjing Games and great for the development of our game to get youth athletes on the international stage," says Girls Head Coach Richie Walker. "It is great for our senior teams to have young players go play at this level and then work hard to find their way onto a senior side."

The boys team is led by a core group All-American veterans. Malcolm May is a dominant 15s flanker for Penn State who, despite entering his sophomore year of college, is age eligible for the Youth Olympic Games. Hanco Germishuys is another talented 15s flanker who traveled with the Junior All-Americans to Hong Kong earlier this year. The girls' team is led by captains Richelle Stephens and Tess Feury. Dana Olsen, headed to Lindenwood this fall, is a standout player to watch out for. 

Below are the full rosters for both teams.

BoysHeightWeightDate of BirthHometown
Cian Barry5'8"1515/23/96Point Lookout, New York
Hanco Germishuys6'1"2158/24/96Omaha, Nebraska
Brian Hannon5'10"1809/27/96Indanapolis, Indiana
Junior Helu6'20012/19/96Union City, California
Vili Helu6'4"2333/20/96San Ramon, California
Sione Masoe6'1853/12/96Garden Grove, California
Aaron Matthews5'9"1853/12/97Irvine, California
Malcolm May6'1"2153/24/96Chicago, Illinois
Suwaiter Poch6'2257/21/96Hilo, Hawaii
Tyler Sousley5'11"190 2/27/1996Osceola, Indiana
Austin Taefu5'7"16112/12/96Phoenix, Arizona
Jojo Tikoisuva5'11"1763/1/96Sacramento, California
GirlsHeight Weight Date of BirthHometown
Tess Feury5'6"1403/15/96Denville, New Jersey
Haley Langan6'1656/22/96South Burlington, Vermont
Appau Mailau5'7"16210/17/96Salt Lake City, Utah
Michel Navarro5'5"1473/13/97Fallbrook, California
Dana Olsen5'3"1282/2/96Fort Collins, Colorado
Tiffany Person5'8"1359/20/96Alexandria, Virginia
Emily Prentice5'7"1358/21/97Kent, Washington
Kat Ramage5'4"1463/4/97Ledgewood, New Jersey
Becca Jane Rosko5'3"11711/22/97Dillon, Colorado
Richelle Stephens5'7"1357/22/96Fallbrook, California
Danielle Walko-Siua5'1255/17/96Hilo, Hawaii
Whitney Wilson5'4"12711/13/96Kingwood, Texas