Men’s U20s match roster named for finale of Trophy Qualifiers

USA U20s must win by 12 to advance to the main competition in Brazil next month

SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. - USA Men’s U20s Head Coach Scott Bracken has named his match-day roster for the finale of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifiers against Canada tomorrow, KO 8 PM ET, LIVE on facebook.com/RugbyCanada.

In total, two changes have been made from the first matchup with Jasper Green in at wing and Inoke Waqavesi shifting to the reserves. Utah Warriors’ Jake Christmann could also see an opportunity to jump in, suiting up a as a reserve in place of Royce Fisher.

While 26 players will dress for the finale, only 23 will see playing time including the 15 starters and eight reserves.

Canada took the first victory of the qualifiers with a 33-44 result on Monday in a game that was exciting from end to end. As the qualifying team is named based on a cumulative score, the United States could still seal their position in the World Rugby Trophy Tournament with a win by at least 12 points.

Head Coach Scott Bracken said: “The team is in a really good place right now. After a few more training sessions and film study, we have steadily progressed. The guys have really bonded a well and are having a great camp experience. I think the improvement will be noticeable come Saturday.”

The finale of the Trophy Qualifiers will be broadcast LIVE on facebook.com/RugbyCanada.

USA MEN'S U20s ROSTER 

PLAYER NAMEPOSITIONCLUB/COLLEGE
1. Jack WilesPropSt. Bonaventure University
2. Jack ManzoHookerUniversity of California, Berkeley
3. Jared MillerPropLife University
4. Sam GollaLockUniversity of California, Berkeley
5. Asa CarterLockArkansas State
6. Chase JonesFlankerSt. Mary's College of California
7. Miles McCormickFlankerOMBAC
8. Bailey Wilson (C)No 8Utah Valley University
9. Ethan McVeighScrumhalfCardiff Metropolitan University
10. Mike WeirFlyhalfDartmouth College
11. Jasper GreenWingDartmouth College
12. Lauina FalateaCenterUSA Sevens Residency Program
13. Jack WendlingCenterCentral Washington University
14. Ryan JamesWingSan Diego Legion
15. Sam WalshFullbackUniversity of California, Berkeley

USA MEN'S U20S RESERVES

PLAYERPOSITIONCLUB/SCHOOL
16. Braden LooperReserveUniversity of Arizona
17. Doug MitchellReserveCentral Washington University
18. Alex LopetiReserveLife West Gladiators
19. Matt GelhausReserveKutztown
20. Chris NoggleReserveSanta Barbara Academy
21. Jeff Peleseuma-BreizReserveSan Francisco Golden Gate
22. Inoke WaqavesiReserveUSA Sevens Residency Program
23. Cole SemuReserveBYU
24. Will VakalahiReserveDC Old Glory
25. Luke FreemanReserveUniversity of California, Berkeley
26. Jake ChristmannReserveUtah Warriors

USA MEN'S U20S STAFF

Head Coach | Scott Bracken
Assistant Coach, Attack | Brendan O’Meara
Assistant Coach, Defense | Michael Engelbrecht
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Liam Harnett
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Michael Smith
Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aquirre
Performance Analyst | Jake Sullivan
Operations Manager | Kevin McCorry

WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER SERIES

Streamed LIVE on Rugby Canada’s Facebook Page

vs Canada U20s | 33-44 (L)

Sat, June 8
vs Canada U20s
8 PM ET

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