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The USA U20 men's team is set to assemble in Seattle next week after a successful camp in February to whittle down the squad.
About 30 players will train in Seattle for three days, culminating in a scrummage against the Seattle-OPSB men's club. After that, the coaching staff will work on final decisions for the squad of 26 to go to the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong in April.
Billy Millard, who recently was appointed USA Rugby's National High Performance Pathway Manager, is the Head Coach and attack coach, with Michael Engelbrecht handling defense and Luke Gross handling forwards and set piece.
Engelbrecht said the February assembly at the Olympic Training Center was useful in that is put the players in a high performance environment, reduced distractions, and got all the players on board with the new game plan.
The squad has not been finalized, but those in the mix now are either going to be in the 26 for Hong Kong or part of the alternate pool.
Heading up this group will be former HS All American front-rowers Titi Lamositele and Valdemar Lee-Lo. As reported on RUGBYMag.com, Lamositele has permission from Saracens to participate in the JWRT. He and Lee-Lo form a formidable foundation.
Also graduating from the HSAA program is Hanco Germishuys, the hard-working flanker who actually will need a waiver to play because he's younger than most players in the tournament, and scrumhalf Mike Reid, who has been in the Taranaki Academy.
Ollie Drew is another forward with HSAA experience, while UCLA scrumhalf Erik Thompson will challenge Reid for playing time.
Another Bruin, Zach Bonte, is a flanker to watch. Ben Cima of Gonzaga and Namie Qoro of Peninsula Green are backs still in high school.
Along with Lamositele, the recruit of note might well be Gabriel Farley. The Australian-raised 19-year-old played for the USA in the recent Rugby League World Cup, and played both league and union in Australia as a center and wing.