AIG MJAAs selected for opening match of IRB JWRT

AIG MJAAs selected for opening match of IRB JWRT

HONG KONG, China – The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans will begin their IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy campaign against the tournament host Monday, April 7, at 7:00 A.M. ET at Hong Kong Football Club Ground.

The MJAAs are in the JWRT after being relegated from the IRB Junior World Championship last summer. In 2012, the MJAAs won the tournament on home soil with a 37-33 win against Japan in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“It was a great experience for the U.S.A. to be in the Junior World Championship last year and we are definitely targeting a return next season, but we know that there will be a lot of work for us to get through before we can think about that,” MJAA captain Oliver Drew told IRB.com.

The MJAAs’ starting XV for the opening match against Hong Kong includes capped Eagle Titi Lamositele, who was in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend helping the Men’s Eagles qualify for the IRB Rugby World Cup England 2015.

Billy Millard’s team arrived in Hong Kong earlier last week to get ready for the JWRT after a helpful camp in Seattle, Wash. The MJAAs prepared with an exhibition match against Seattle-OPSB, which also included a few Eagles from the RWC Qualifier.

“It has been a busy few days, shaking jet lag and preparing for the first game,” MJAA Head Coach Billy Millard said. “Hong Kong will be primed to perform at their home tournament, but we are heading in prepared to execute and grind long and hard to kick this tournament off on the right foot.”

After Hong Kong, the MJAAs will play Georgia and Tonga April 11 and 15, respectively, to wrap up Pool A play. In order to reach the Final, the MJAAs will need to finish atop the pool after the three matches.

USA Rugby AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | v Hong Kong
1. Titi Lamositele
2. Codi Jones
3. Val Lee-Lo
4. Christian Wiessing
5. Oliver Drew
6. Ben Pinkelman
7. Hanco Germishuys
8. Vili Toluta'u
9. Erik Thompson
10. Ben Cima
11. James Vaifale
12. Gabe Farley
13. Nemia Qoro
14. Scott Dean
15. Niall Barry

USA Rugby AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Reserves
16. Marshall Godfrey
17. Peter Malcolm
18. Tyler Enfield
19. Zach Bonte
20. Mike Reid
21. Joe Kelly
22. Seth Halliman

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