BHSAAs announced for 2015 Las Vegas Invitational

BOULDER, Colo. – The roster for the USA Rugby Boys High School All-American sides competing in the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational has been announced.

Twenty-eight players will convene for three days beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10, before the Serevi High School Boys Elite 7s division competition starts alongside USA Sevens, the fifth leg of the 2014-15 World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series.

The BHSAAs’ division includes a strong Canadian contingent in British Columbia, Ontario Blues, Toronto Rugby, and Upright Rugby Rogues. The domestic teams include Atlantis, Palo Verde Rugby, Utah Lions, and Washington Loggers.

The BHSAAs return three key players from 2014 in Brian Hannon, Aaron Matthews, and Austin Taefu. All three played in the Las Vegas Invitational in 2014, as well as Rosslyn Park National School Sevens and II Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The graduation of Cian Barry, Matt Brenna, Ben Cima, Hanco Germishuys, Seth Halliman, Vili Helu, Jesse Mander, Malcom May, Wes Parker, Michael Reid, Tyler Sousley, Jojo Tikoisuva, and Calvin Whiting means Salty Thompson’s team is a squad with a big challenge ahead.

“Graduating a core of solid players naturally makes room for the new generations,” the head coach said. “The challenge is to blend the boys into cohesive teams in a few practices. Vegas has been instrumental in providing a rare opportunity to play on home soil.”

In 2014, the BHSAAs took home the High School Boys Elite 7s Division Cup and Plate, the top two trophies at the tournament. Follow @AARugby on Twitter for more updates from the Las Vegas Invitational.

Name (FIRST)Name (LAST) H.S. YearHeightWeight (lbs.)Rugby Club NameState/Country
MalonAl-JibooriSenior6'3"225Union High SchoolOK
KeaganBarnesJunior5'7"155Summitt AcademyUT
LukeBienstockJunior6'1"185Greenwich High SchoolCT
ChaseBixbySenior6'6"207Granite Bay RugbyCA
RyanBradfieldSenior6'1"200St Edward High SchoolOH
WillBrennanJunior6'185Seattle vikingsWA
AdamChannelSenior6'3"184Belmont ShoreCA
EvanClarkSenior5'10"170Santa Monica DolphinsCA
AlfonsoCornu-LabatSenior6'175East Side LionsWA
ErikCortinasSenior5'7"160Peninsula GreenCA
ChristianDyerJunior6'2"185Jesuit High SchoolCA
JeremyFleetSenior6'2"195San Diego MustangsCA
JackFreiheitSenior5'10"170Greenwich High SchoolCT
BrianHannonSenior5'10"181Royal Irish RugbyIN
TravisHeerSenior5'11"200Back Bay RugbyCA
LekiFotuJunior6'6"255Peninsula GreenCA
DevinLimSenior6'2"200University City H.S. and AztecsCA
KyleMakaiwiSenior5'9"170Danville OaksCA
AaronMatthewsSenior5'10"185Back Bay RugbyCA
NicMirhashemSenior5'11"195Rugby Club SitgesSpain
OlanMoon WhiteSenior6'1"175Santa Monica Rugby ClubCA
BrianNaultSenior6'2"231Shelton Rugby ClubWA
DarianPowerSenior5'11"175United Rugby ClubUT
TorranRabySenior6'2"208San Diego MustangsCA
MatthewRogersSenior5'9"150Granite Bay RugbyCA
NathanielShortSenior5'10"170Dixon Rugby ClubCA
AustinTaefuSenior5'7"175Tempe RugbyAZ
LuisTurbyfieldSenior5'11"180Baltimore PolyMD