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

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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 NAME POSITION CLUB/COLLEGE
1. Jack Wiles Prop St. Bonaventure University
2. Jack Manzo Hooker University of California, Berkeley
3. Jared Miller Prop Life University
4. Sam Golla Lock University of California, Berkeley
5. Asa Carter Lock Arkansas State
6. Chase Jones Flanker St. Mary’s College of California
7. Miles McCormick Flanker OMBAC
8. Bailey Wilson (C) No 8 Utah Valley University
9. Ethan McVeigh Scrumhalf Cardiff Metropolitan University
10. Mike Weir Flyhalf Dartmouth College
11. Jasper Green Wing Dartmouth College
12. Lauina Falatea Center USA Sevens Residency Program
13. Jack Wendling Center Central Washington University
14. Ryan James Wing San Diego Legion
15. Sam Walsh Fullback University of California, Berkeley

USA MEN’S U20S RESERVES

PLAYER POSITION CLUB/SCHOOL
16. Braden Looper Reserve University of Arizona
17. Doug Mitchell Reserve Central Washington University
18. Alex Lopeti Reserve Life West Gladiators
19. Matt Gelhaus Reserve Kutztown
20. Chris Noggle Reserve Santa Barbara Academy
21. Jeff Peleseuma-Breiz Reserve San Francisco Golden Gate
22. Inoke Waqavesi Reserve USA Sevens Residency Program
23. Cole Semu Reserve BYU
24. Will Vakalahi Reserve DC Old Glory
25. Luke Freeman Reserve University of California, Berkeley
26. Jake Christmann Reserve Utah 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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