Roster selected for HSAAs’ European Tour

LISBON, Portugal -- The USA Rugby Boys High School All-American Junior Varsity (under-17) team, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, opens its three-game European tour with Portugal Wednesday, April 9, at 4:00 P.M. local time (11:00 A.M. ET).

The 28-man squad assembled in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, fitness tested Sunday morning, then flew to Lisbon. The team will have three training sessions prior to the opening game.

The HSAA squad ranges from freshmen to juniors, all 1997 births apart from five players born in 1998. The forwards have impressive size and mobility. Branham and Haley return as U17 hookers while Iscaro, Moli, Jacobs and Bloomfield offer good options at prop. Four players stand at six-foot-four, with Mahoni the tallest at six-foot-seven at lock, to provide obvious lineout potential.

Nault, Branham, Matthews, Raby and Heer were U17s last year against Wales and England U16s. Mahoni, Branham and Matthews were on the July tour to Argentina. That type of experience for high school juniors should show in their performance and leadership.

The backs have power and pace. Strong midfield running is expected from Matthews and Thomas while the outside backs have impressive speed in Heer, Lim, Raby, Miller and Moon White.

Power and Ramirez are good, strategic kickers at 10, while Walty and Cortinas provide the connection at scrum-half.

"The two-game series against Portugal will provide a measure on how we can come together and play as a team," HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson said. "Performances this week will determine who makes the team for the France U17 game next Wednesday in Lyon."

The JV program is a much-needed development pathway to international rugby. Titi Lamositele, Hanco Germishuys, Scott Dean, Michael Reid, Ben Cima (all with the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans in Hong Kong for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy) were U17s in the past two years.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | European Tour

PlayerHeightWeigth (pounds)YearClub/School
Keanu Andrade5'7"190SophomoreDe La Salle and Danville
Chase Bixby6'6"195JuniorGranite Bay Grizzlies
Sione Bloomfield5'9"200JuniorHerriman High School
Steven Branham5'11"220JuniorFallbrook
Erik Cortinas5'7"145JuniorPeninsula Green
Gavin Devine6'3"225JuniorMuskego
George Fotu6'5"220SophomorePeninsula Green
Zachary Haley6'200JuniorHopkins Royals
Travis Heer5'11"195JuniorBack Bay Sharks
Jack Iscaro6'1"245JuniorGonzaga College High School
Jon Jacobs6'3"260JuniorPrince William
Liam Jimmon6'4"225SophomoreBack Bay Sharks
Devin Lim6'1"180JuniorSan Diego Young Aztecs
Siaosi Mahoni6'7"250JuniorPeninsula Green
Sim Mander6'1"178SophomoreWasps
Aaron Matthews5'9"185JuniorBack Bay Sharks
Korbin Miller6'165SophomoreCharlotte Tigers
Kalisi Moli6'2"251JuniorHerriman High School
Olan Moon White6'1"175JuniorSanta Monica
Brian Nault6'1"210JuniorShelton Savages
Darian Power5'11"165JuniorUnited
Torran Raby6'2"185JuniorSan Diego Mustangs
Andres Ramirez5'9"178JuniorSacramento Jesuit
Lorenzo Thomas6'2"220JuniorUnion
Evan Walty5'9"158JuniorBelmont Shore
Joshua Warnock6'3"215SophomorePeninsula Green
John Weigold6'1"205JuniorGreenwich High School
Jack White6'1"195FreshmanPenn Rugby