Starters Revealed for Final Match of Men's Junior All-Americans' World Rugby Trophy Qualifier

Devin Short jumps in as a starter with Max Dacey added as a reserve

  • Devin Short takes on a starting role with Max Dacey in as a reserve
  • World Rugby Trophy Qualifier finale takes place at Rice University
  • Men's Junior All-Americans have one last chance to increase their aggregate score

LAFAYETTE, CO. - The Men's Junior All- Americans have been named for the final match of the two-game World Rugby Trophy Qualifier Series with Canada's U20s, taking place tomorrow (Sat, June 16) in Houston. Kicking off at 3:30 PM CT at Rice University's intramural field #6. Head Coach Scott Bracken brings in two fresh faces with one last chance to qualify for the international competition in August. Admission to the match is free with updates provided by following @USARugby on Twitter.

Following their 22-60 loss to the Canadian side earlier this week, the Men's Junior All-Americans will be hard-pressed to show an improvement in their overall performance during the finale.

"We did not execute well at all on Tuesday," said Head Coach Scott Bracken. "The talented Canadian side capitalized on our mistakes and turned them into points. Our prep for tomorrow has gone well and I expect this will be another massive challenge."

With Bronson Teles out for a red card drawn in the first match, Bailey Wilson will jump in as lock with Devin Short taking a starting position at flanker. Max Dacey will be added to the team as a reserve with the rest of the squad remaining consistent.

The Men's Junior All-Americans can still qualify for the World Rugby Trophy if they can perform well enough to earn a higher aggregate score than Canada's U20s. The match kicks off at 3:30 PM CT at Rice University's intramural fields with admission free to the public.

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN STARTERS | 2018 WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER | MATCH #2

PLAYERPOSITIONCLUB/SCHOOL
1. Payton IlalioPropSaint Mary's College
2. Dillon ShotwellHookerSam Houston State University
3. David AinuuPropToulouse Rugby 
4. Ronan MurphyLockSaint Mary's College
5. Bailey WilsonLockUtah United
6. Justin JohnsonFlankerLife University 
7. Devin ShortFlankerSan Diego Legion 
8. Santi MascoloNo. 8Iona College
9. Ruben de Haas (C)Scrum HalfFree State Cheetahs 
10. Sam WalshFly HalfScots College (NZ)
11. Noah NiumataiwaluWingSaint Joseph's University 
12. Quinn PerryCenterSanta Monica Rugby 
13. Jack WendlingCenterCentral Washington University 
14. Patrick MedinaWingAustin Blacks
15. Patrick MaddenFull back Cal Poly State University - San Louis Obispo 

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN RESERVES | 2018 WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER | MATCH #2

PLAYERPOSITIONCLUB/SCHOOL
16. Stephen McLeishReserveLindenwood University 
17. Jack WilesReserveSt. Bonaventure University
18. Daryl BagleyReserveAmerican International College
19. Will WaguespackReserveNOLA Gold Rugby 
20. Max DaceyReserveGlendale Raptors 
21. Ethan McVeighReserveOld Mission Beach Athletic Club - Wallabies 
22. Campbell JohnstoneReserveMount St. Mary's University 
23. Jack BradfieldReserve Cleveland Westside Rovers 

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN STAFF | 2018 WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER

POSITIONSTAFF
Head CoachScott Bracken
Assistant CoachMichael Engelbrecht
Assistant CoachBrendan O'Meara
Athletic TrainerCatherine Donahue
Team ManagerKevin McCorry 
Director of RugbyJD Stephenson 

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN SCHEDULE | WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIERS

v. Canada U20s | 22-60 (L)

v. Canada U20s
Tue, June 16 | 3:30 PM CT
Intramural Field #6 (Rice University)
Admission is free