BHSAAs to kick off Argentina Tour with scrimmage against Cordoba Academy

CORDOBA, Argentina – The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, will open their Argentina Tour Wednesday, July 14, with a scrimmage against Cordoba Academy.

Salty Thompson’s BHSAAs met for a three-day preparatory camp in Dallas, Texas, prior to traveling to Buenos Aires. The team held another session in the Argentine capital before heading to Cordoba, where Wednesday’s match will be played.

Though the scrimmage will last 70 minutes across three periods, Thompson is preparing the team for bigger matchups against Argentina, Italy, and Uruguay.

“Wednesday is a great opportunity to give all our boys a run,” the head coach said. “They’re all keen to show their best, so a three-period format with open subs is ideal.

“We’ll script the first two periods’ lineups then adjust the third to put different combinations together. The goal is to see how the boys match up for the tournament.”

Cordoba Academy welcomed the BHSAAs last year for two matches, a win and loss each, before Thompson’s young men took on Argentina’s U18 squad twice in four days. The BHSAAs lost both matches but focused on improving their performance against one of the better age-grade nations. Argentina competed in this year’s IRB Junior World Championship – an under-20 international competition – in New Zealand against the likes of England, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Thirteen of the 30 players in Argentina were with the team last year and are working towards returning home with a winning record.

Follow the BHSAAs on Twitter with @aarugby.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Argentina Tour

First Name Last Name Grade Height Weight (lbs) Position Rugby Club Hometown
Justin Allen Senior 6'10" 248 Lock Portadown Letterkenny, Ireland
Jesus Arias Senior 6'2" 230 Prop United Orem, UT
Steven Branham Junior 5'11" 215 Hooker Fallbrook Fallbrook, CA
Benjamin Cima Senior 6'1" 185 Fly-half Gonzaga Bethesda, MD
Connor Cudeback Senior 6'1" 235 Prop Belmont Shore Long Beach, CA
George Fotu Sophomore 6'5" 220 Lock Peninsula Green San Leandro, CA
Derise Fuga Junior 6'1" 230 Prop Liberty Kent, WA
Jacobus Germishuys Senior 6'2" 220 Flanker West Side Omaha, NE
Seth Halliman Senior 6'2" 195 Center Glendale Raptors Colorado Springs, CO
Viliami Helu Senior 6'3" 230 Eight Danville Oaks San Ramon, CA
Alauna Helu Senior 5'11" 211 Scrum-half Danville Oaks Union City, CA
Reed Heynen Senior 6'2" 203 Flanker Belmont Shore Long Beach, CA
Jack Iscaro Junior 6'1" 245 Prop Gonzaga Olney, MD
Liam Jimmons Sophomore 6'5" 228 Lock Back Bay Huntington Beach, CA
Siaosi Mahoni Junior 6'7" 250 Lock Peninsula Green East Palo Alto, CA
Sim Mander Sophomore 6'1" 178 Wing London Wasps London, England
Sione Masoe Senior 6' 192 Flanker Back Bay Anaheim, CA
Aaron Matthews Junior 5'9" 185 Center Back Bay Irvine, CA
Malcolm May Graduated 6'2" 215 Flanker Penn State Chicago, IL
Louis Mulholland Freshman 5'11" 187 Scrum-half Cheshunt Cuffley, England
Brian Nault Junior 6'1" 220 Eight Shelton Shelton, WA
D'Arman Notoa Freshman 5'11" 180 Center Orem Stallions Provo, UT
Wesley Parker Senior 6'3" 215 Flanker St Xavier Louisville, KY
Darien Pickett Senior 5'10" 230 Prop Fort Hunt Warriors Alexandria, VA
Suwaiter Poch Jr Senior 6'1" 230 Hooker Hilo Reign Hilo, HI
Lorenzo Thomas Senior 6'2" 263 Center Union Tulsa, OK
Joeli Tikoisuva Senior 5'11" 176 Wing Sacramento Islanders Sacramento, CA
Alex Walsh Senior 6' 193 Fly-half Santa Monica Redondo Beach, CA
Calvin Whiting Senior 6'1" 200 Center United Highland, UT
Mitchell Wilson Senior 5'9" 170 Full-back Orlando Youth Heathrow, FL

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Argentina Tour
v Cordoba Academy - Wednesday, July 16
v Argentina U18s - Saturday, July 19
v Italy U18s - Tuesday, July 22
v Uruguay U18/19s - Sunday, July 27