D1A’s best U20s set for MJAA camp

D1A Rugby: D1A’s best U20s set for MJAA camp
Photo Credit: Kyle McCormick (left) & Dave Numina (right)

BOULDER, Colo. – Thirty-eight of D1A Rugby’s finest underclassmen have been invited to participate in the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-American Winter Camp from Saturday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Dec. 22, in Casa Grande, Ariz.

The invitees represent 14 D1A teams. Arizona and Lindenwood, off the strength of impressive recruiting hauls in recent years, lead the way with a combined 15 athletes getting the call for the Winter Camp.

MJAA interim Head Coach and Lindenwood Director of Rugby JD Stephenson and his staff are tasked with identifying the team that will take on Canada Feb. 13 in a fixture to determine which country will compete in the 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy.

“This will be the main identification piece that is done for our qualifier against Canada,” Stephenson explained. “We will look to use the following assembly in January as a development, team cohesion, and final filtering process of players prior to the last assembly that will see the name of a squad that will be immersed for a week prior to the qualifier in Austin.”

In all, 27 D1A players will attend the Winter Camp, as 11 of the invitees are unavailable for the three days of training, followed by a fourth and final day when the group will wrap camp with intrasquad scrimmages.

To see the entire list of 52 MJAA campers, visit USARugby.org.

D1A MJAA Winter Camp Attendees:
Malon Al-Jiboori – Lindenwood
Steve Branham – Arizona
Evan Clark – Colorado
Samuel Devine – Kutztown
Dustin Dowers – Lindenwood
Brennan Falcon – LSU
Jeremy Fleet – Arizona
Sean Gannon – Indiana
Aaron Gray – Wheeling Jesuit
Brian Hannon – Arizona
Travis Heer – Lindenwood
Carter Hunchik – Life
Jesse Mendenhall – San Diego State
Deion Mikesell – Lindenwood
Connor Mooneyham – Life
Joseph O-Shields – Kutztown
Richard Parker – San Diego State
Mason Pedersen – Arizona
Cristian Rodriguez – Lindenwood
Angel Santiago – Kutztown
Tyler Sousley – Arizona
Lorenzo Thomas – Lindenwood
Cameron Troxler – LSU
Duncan Van Schalkwyk – Life
Dante Weeks – Arizona
Chance Wenglewski – Lindenwood
Mitchell Wilson – Life

Bobby Butchofsky – Arizona
Ian Crilly – Arizona
Conner Cudeback – Cal Poly
Jamie Demers – Michigan
Vili Helu – Saint Mary’s
Tyler Janney – Indiana
Aaron Matthews – Saint Mary’s
Malcolm May – Penn State
Matthew Mine – Utah
Cecil Rich – Wheeling Jesuit
Jimmy Ronan – Penn State