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MJAAs at camp in January

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 coach: Malon Al-Jiboori, Lorenzo Thomas and Chance Wenglewski from Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., as well as Deion Mikesell of Southeast Polk in Iowa. 

"Familiarity of players is a bonus when designing processes and roles for individuals in the side," Stephenson said. "However, there is also the added pressure to the Lindenwood players of expectations and standards that they need to hold themselves to given they are accountable to them on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we have closely watched and have been in contact with all players in our squad, which allows for familiarity of all players."

Hooker Steven Branham, flanker Hanco Germishuys and flyhalf Ben Cima are expected to lead from the front with this talented mix of players. 

The match will be played at 8:45 C.T. at Dell Diamond, a minor league baseball park, directly following the Eagles' Americas Rugby Championship clash with Canada on the same pitch. The game will be streamed by USA Rugby, with the winner earning a spot in the Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe in April. 

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Coaching Staff 
JD Stephenson - Interim Head Coach 
Justin Goonan - Strength and Conditioning & Skills Coach 
Pete Borlase - Forwards Coach 
James Walton - Video Analyst 
Michael Engelbrecht - Backs Coach & Manager 
David Fee - Skills Coach 
Scott Lawrence - Technical Advisor 
Kevin Battle - Skills Coach & Academy Manager

Malon Al-JibooriFlankerLindenwood University
Steven BranhamHookerUniversity of Arizona
Benjamin CimaFly HalfRocky Gorge
Sean ColemanLockUniversity of Arizona
Connor CudebackPropCal Poly State University
Ruben de HaasScrum HalfLittle Rock Junior Stormers
Brennan FalconFlankerLouisiana State University
William FifitaCenterAurora Saracens
Hanco GermishuysFlankerGlendale Raptors
Rodney GilesFullbackHenley Hawks
Zachary HaleyHookerMetropolis Rugby
Brian HannonCenterUniversity of Arizona
Nick KwasniewskiPropGrand Canyon University
Devin LimCenterUniversity of California Los Angeles
Deion MikesellWingLindenwood University
Louis MulhollandScrum HalfBath University
Mason PedersonPropUniversity of Arizona
Roman SalanoaPropKahuku High School
Tyler SousleyWingUniversity of Arizona
Beuki TaumoefolauNumber 8Las Vegas Irish
Bronson TelesLockKaty Barbarians
Lorenzo ThomasCenterLindenwood University
Duncan van SchalkwykFly HalfLife University
Joshua WarnockLockPeninsula Green
Chance WenglewskiPropLindenwood University
Mitchell WilsonFullbackLife University