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

PLAYER POSITION CLUB/SCHOOL
1. Payton Ilalio Prop Saint Mary's College
2. Dillon Shotwell Hooker Sam Houston State University
3. David Ainuu Prop Toulouse Rugby 
4. Ronan Murphy Lock Saint Mary's College
5. Bailey Wilson Lock Utah United
6. Justin Johnson Flanker Life University 
7. Devin Short Flanker San Diego Legion 
8. Santi Mascolo No. 8 Iona College
9. Ruben de Haas (C) Scrum Half Free State Cheetahs 
10. Sam Walsh Fly Half Scots College (NZ)
11. Noah Niumataiwalu Wing Saint Joseph's University 
12. Quinn Perry Center Santa Monica Rugby 
13. Jack Wendling Center Central Washington University 
14. Patrick Medina Wing Austin Blacks
15. Patrick Madden Full back  Cal Poly State University - San Louis Obispo 

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

PLAYER POSITION CLUB/SCHOOL
16. Stephen McLeish Reserve Lindenwood University 
17. Jack Wiles Reserve St. Bonaventure University
18. Daryl Bagley Reserve American International College
19. Will Waguespack Reserve NOLA Gold Rugby 
20. Max Dacey Reserve Glendale Raptors 
21. Ethan McVeigh Reserve Old Mission Beach Athletic Club - Wallabies 
22. Campbell Johnstone Reserve Mount St. Mary's University 
23. Jack Bradfield Reserve  Cleveland Westside Rovers 

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

POSITION STAFF
Head Coach Scott Bracken
Assistant Coach Michael Engelbrecht
Assistant Coach Brendan O'Meara
Athletic Trainer Catherine Donahue
Team Manager Kevin McCorry 
Director of Rugby JD 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