HSAAs impress at Wellington College Festival

“We get better each game and Friday’s performance was our best.”

CROWTHORNE, England – The USA Rugby Boys’ High School All-Americans U17s finished the RFU Wellington College International Rugby Festival with a 1-2 record Friday, following their 32-35 defeat to England South U16s.

The HSAAs previously beat Belgium U17s 21-10 on Monday, April 1, and lost to Wales U16s 45-16 on Friday, March 29.

“This tournament is so rewarding for our young players,” HSAAs Head Coach Salty Thompson said after Friday’s match. “We get better each game and Friday’s performance was our best.”

Scotland and France each fell to England South earlier in the week, a testament to the competitiveness of the Wellington College Festival. The HSAAs, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, appeared in the Festival for the second consecutive year.

“We competed very well in a physical and entertaining battle,” Thompson said. “Captain Hanco Germishuys had a tremendous game at flanker, along with tight head Bruce Yun and Malcolm May at lock. All three were here last year and their performances and leadership were exceptional.”

Thompson also pointed to Ben Cima at full-back as a reason for the HSAAs’ success. Cima’s goal-kicking was described by his coach as “clinical.”

The HSAAs will be out of action for a while and will convene at camp in Greeley, Colo., in July.

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Boys' High School All-Americans | RFU Wellington College International Rugby Festival

Name Year Height Weight Club High School
Lopeti Aisea Sophomore 6'0" 259 Lincoln Cardinal Lincoln
Cameron Appel Junior 5'7" 161 Guildford Royal Grammar
Cian Barry Junior 5'6" 135 Reeds Weybridge Epsom College
Steven Branham Sophomore 5'11" 202 Fallbrook Fallbrook
Benjamin Cima Junior 5'11" 167 Gonzaga Gonzaga
Brendan Cleary Junior 5'9" 160 Newcastle Falcons Queen Elizabeth
Hanco Germishuys Junior 5'11" 195 Westside High School Westside
Zach Haley Sophomore 5'11" 195 Hopkins Royals Hopkins
Ryan Hedum Junior 5'11" 210 Christian Brothers Christian Brothers
Travis Heer Sophomore 6'0" 190 Back Bay Huntington Beach
Aluana Helu Junior 5'11" 215 Hayward Griffens James Logan
Brock Johnson Junior 6'1" 180 Renegades Willowbrook
Sione Masoe Junior 5'11" 170 Back Bay Garden Grove
Aaron Matthews Sophomore 5'8" 170 Back Bay J Sierra Catholic
Malcolm May Senior 6'1" 195 Ignatius Ignatius
Aaron Mitchell Junior 6'1" 259 Cathedral, San Diego Cathedral
Brendan Murphy Junior 6'2" 190 Kona Bulls Makua Lani Christian
Brian Nault Sophomore 6'2" 210 Sheldon Savages Sheldon
Darien Pickett Junior 5'10" 225 Fort Hunt West Potomac
Suwaiter Poch Junior 6'0" 220 Hilo Reign Waiakea High School
Torran Raby Sophomore 6'1" 270 Mustangs Torrey Pines
Maxime Remesy Senior 6'3" 225 Orlando Dr. Phillips
Cecil Rich Junior 6'1" 260 Pride Perry Street Prep
Ian Richards Junior 5'10" 220 Penn HS Penn HS
Jimmy Ronan Junior 5'7" 151 Gonzaga Gonzaga
Patrick Soede Junior 5'11" 189 Cobham American School Cobham
Joeli Tikoisuva Junior 5'10" 175 Sacramento Islanders Rosemont
Jerome Veve Sophomore 6'0" 211 Gold Coast Titans Palm Beach Currumbin
Nolan Williams Junior 5'9" 165 Dixon Rugby Dixon
Bruce Yun Junior 5'10" 268 Belmont Shore Wilson HS
Cian Wynne Sophomore 6'2" 182 Wallingford Cherwell