LAFAYETTE, CO. - The Men's Junior All-Americans (U20s) will seek qualification in the World Rugby Trophy tournament (WRT) during a two-match series against Canada's U20s in Houston June 12th and June 16th. While a location for the series will be announced closer to date, both games will take place in the same week as the senior Men's Eagles' test match with Scotland (hosted at BBVA Compass... Read More
It's been a busy summer so far, so busy that instead of tackling one topic in this edition of Cliff Notes, I've gone after three. See below thoughts on John Mitchell's final weeks as head coach of our men's senior national team, what the Junior All Americans' failure to qualify for the Junior World Trophy really means, and early movement on the Major Lague Rugby front.
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EDMONTON, Alberta - The U.S. match-day squad for Tuesday's World Rugby U20 Trophy Qualifier between the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans and host Canada has been selected.
Head Coach JD Stephenson's under-20s will open the two-match series against the border rival at Ellerslie Rugby Park June 13 at 9 p.m. ET. U20 Trophy veteran Malon Al-Jiboori will captain the side, with Rugby Canada's live stream... Read More
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Head Coach JD Stephenson has selected a 28-player squad for the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans' World Rugby U20 Trophy qualifier series against Canada set for the third week of June.
Five D1A Rugby National Championship finalists - from Life University and Champion Saint Mary's College - in addition to varsity athletes from University of California, Berkeley, and Central... Read More
The Men’s Junior All Americans fell 18-16 in a hard-fought battle with Spain Wednesday, seeing them end pool play 1-2 and in third place. They’ll face Uruguay Sunday for fifth place in the Junior World Trophy.
Spain was impressively physical, often winning the one-up contests. The Spaniards, who went 3-0 in Pool B, beating Namibia and Hong Kong comfortable before being tested by the USA, also... Read More
The Men’s Junior All Americans are 1-1 in the World Rugby Junior World Trophy, having fallen 46-44 to Namibia in the opener and beaten Hong Kong 32-12. Wednesday they play Spain in their final pool match, and they still have a chance to top Pool B and reach the championship match. Currently Samoa is in control of Pool A, but Uruguay is in a similar situation as the USA in that a win over Samoa... Read More
The Men’s Junior All Americans fell 40-39 to Namibia Tuesday in Harare, Zimbabwe to start the Junior World Trophy 0-1. The game was a cruel reversal of the USA’s dramatic win over Canada to qualify for the competition, as Namibia was aided some by questionable penalties to win on the last play of the game.
The Americans can definitely look at themselves to find blame in the loss, as several... Read More
The Men’s Junior All Americans will return to the Junior World Trophy following a thrilling 19-18 defeat of Canada Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The Americans trailed 15-9 in the second half, letting multiple scoring opportunities go begging.
Flyhalf Ben Cima started the game three-for-three from the tee, including a 50-meter shot to open the game. He then missed three of his... Read More
The 26-man player pool for the U20s Feb. 13th winner-take-all match with Canada in Austin, Texas has been selected by interim head coach JD Stephenson. In total, 15 American college players, five high schoolers, four from domestic men's clubs and two from overseas were named to the traveling squad.
Stephenson called on four freshman from Lindenwood, where he is the director of rugby and head... Read More