USA Men’s Under-20s named for U20 Trophy Preparation Camp

Staff will use the assembly to evaluate players for the main U20 Trophy Qualifier series against rival-Canada in June

CHULA VISTA, CA. - The USA Men’s Under-20s will assemble this weekend in southern California for a preparation camp ahead of the U20 Trophy Qualifier series this June. Camp will and take place from May 11-16 featuring 32 under-20 athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista.

Coaches will use the preparation camp as an opportunity to test and evaluate players ahead of final selections for the main qualifier series against rival-Canada June 4 and June 8 in Victoria, B.C. Following the training camp, players and staff will have a two-week break before assembling in Canada on June 1.

The camp roster includes 2018 Team USA Youth Olympians Alex Cleary, Ulu Niutupuivaha and Lauina Falatea. Senior Men’s Eagles Sevens player Ben Broselle is also in the mix, after recently making his debut in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and helping the United States win a historic second-consecutive Gold Medal at their home tournament in Las Vegas this March.

Seven players have already been selected to the final traveling squad for the Qualifier Series but will not attend preparation camp due to college finals. Those athletes include: Jack Manzo, Matt Meehan, Sam Golla, Jason Severance, Luke Freeman, Ethan McVeigh, Sam Walsh and Eric Naposki.

“May's camp will help us make final selections and prepare for a highly competitive qualification series in June,” said Head Coach Scott Bracken. “The staff and I are excited to work with this group of exceptional athletes who have unique opportunity to represent their country in one of the biggest international competitions of their age-group.”

“Bailey Wilson will once again Captain the side after doing great work last December. Most of our athletes hail from the USA Collegiate ranks; however, players from Men's D1, Major League Rugby and overseas are represented as well.”

Information on how to follow the U20 Trophy Qualifier Series in June will be announced closer to date. The World Rugby U20 Trophy Tournament takes place from July 9-21 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

USA Men's U20 Camp Roster 

Alex LopetiPropLife West
Alex NanaiPropUniversity of Connecticut
Doug MitchellPropCentral Washington University
Gabe KetteringPropLindenwood University
Jack WilesPropSt. Bonaventure University
Jared MillerPropLife University
Braden LooperHookerUniversity of Arizona
Spencer LoughmanHookerRugby Academy Ireland
Asa CarterLockArkansas State
Matt GelhausLockKutztown
Ulu NiutupuivahaLockUSA Men's Sevens Residency Program
Bill WhitesideLockLindenwood University
Alex ClearyBack rowCentral Washington University
Anthony RyanBack rowUniversity College Cork
Bailey WilsonBack rowUtah Valley University
Chase JonesBack rowSt. Mary's College of California
Chris NoggleBack rowSanta Barbara Academy
Will VakalahiBack rowDC Old Glory
Jake ChristmannHalfbackUtah Warriors
Jeff Peleseuma-BreizHalfbackSan Francisco Golden Gate
Brock StinsonFlyhalfKutztown
Mike WeirFlyhalfDartmouth College
Brandon CalkCenterSt. Mary's College of California
Cole SemuCenterBYU
Ian KilcullenCenterPenn State
Isaiah TaliuluCenterBYU
Jack WendlingCenterCentral Washington
Royce FisherCenterSanta Barbara Academy
Lauina FalateaCenter/WingUSA Men's Sevens Residency Program
Ben BroselleWingUSA Men's Sevens Residency Program
Julian RobertsWing/FullbackLife University
Ryan JamesFullbackOMBAC

USA Men's U20 Staff

Head Coach | Scott Bracken
Assistant Coach, Attack | Brendan O’Meara
Assistant Coach, Defense | Michael Engelbrecht
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Liam Harnett
Athletic Trainer | Chris Belmonte
Performance Analyst | Jake Sullivan
Operations Manager | Kevin McCorry

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