HSAAs named for Las Vegas Invitational

HSAAs named for Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The USA Rugby Boys High School All-American Sevens, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, have assembled in Las Vegas to prepare for the Elite High School Division competition of the Las Vegas Invitational Jan. 24 and 25.

The 10-team division comprises five top Canadian provincial teams such as Ontario and British Columbia against five American teams: Atlantis, Washington State Loggers, Northern California and two HSAA sides.

The cross-border rivalries have developed momentum with British Columbia (BC) and the HSAAs facing each other in all three LVI finals. British Columbia won once in 2012, while the HSAAs won in 2011 and 2013.

This year's pools are even more competitive with the legendary Atlantis Sevens fielding their first-ever high school all-star team and newcomer Northern California representing the top region in the country. The relatively-new Upright Rugby Rogues, (Canadian academy development program) Ontario Junior Blues and Toronto All-Stars will provide a strong Canadian challenge backing up British Columbia.

The HSAAs will have to work hard to repeat the unbeaten performances from last year and make the Saturday Final at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Apart from opponents, the biggest challenge facing the HSAAs is to mold teams in two days. State- or provincial-based teams have the advantage of hours of preparation and team building.

This year’s HSAA roster returns two key players from 2013 in captain Calvin Whiting and Michael Reid. Both seniors are experienced HSAAs, setting the tone with outstanding skills and leadership.

The exciting new crop of HSAA sevens players includes 13 players capped at U17 and U18 levels in 15s rugby.

"I'm really excited to see our boys in action this week," HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson said. "We have a balance of power and pace with the likes of Hanco Germishuys, Wes Parker, Joeli Tikoisuva and Sione Masoe providing a variety of skills."

Boys High School All-Americans | Las Vegas Invitational

NameHeightWeight (lbs)Current Club/SchoolYear/Level
Trenton Barnes 5'8" 185 Buchanan Rugby Club/Clovis North Senior
Cian Barry 5'7" 140 Reeds Weybridge/Epsom College Senior
Matt Brennan 5'10" 190 Seattle Vikings/Shorecrest Senior
Benjamin Cima 6'1" 185 Gonzaga College High School/Gonzaga College Senior
Grant Clancy 5'10" 160 Dana Hills/Santa Margarita Senior
Evan Clark 5'10" 165 Santa Monica Rugby Club/Palisades Charter High School Junior
Jonah Eldridge 6'0" 168 McClatchy Lions/C.K. McClatchy Senior
Jacobus Germishuys 6'2" 220 West Side/West Side Senior
Seth Halliman 6'2" 195 Colorado Springs/Colorado Springs Senior
Brian Hannon 5'10" 180 Royal Irish Rugby/Bishop Chatard Junior
Vili Helu 6'3" 230 Danville Oaks/Monte Vista Senior
Junior Helu 5'11" 211 Hayward Griffins/James Logan Senior
Reed Heynen 6'2" 197 Belmont Shore Rugby Club/Wilson Senior
Sione Masoe 5'11" 180 Back Bay/Garden Grove Senior
Aaron Matthews 5'9" 185 Back Bay/J Serra Catholic Junior
Wes Parker 6'3" 210 St. Xavier/St. Xavier Senior
Suwaiter Poch, Jr. 6'0" 230 Hilo Reign/Hilo Senior
Matthys Pretorious 5'11" 185 Warrenton Wolfpack/Battlefield Senior
Michael Reid 5'11" 185 Taranaki/New Plymouth Boys Senior
Tyler Sousley 5'11" 180 Penn Rugby/Penn Senior
Austin Taefu 5'7" 156 Tempe Rugby/Greenway Senior
Joeli Tikoisuva 5'11" 176 Sacramento Lions/Rosemont Senior
Alex Walsh 6'0" 193 Santa Monica Rugby Club/Redondo Union Senior
Calvin Whiting 6'2" 198 United Rugby Club/Lone Peak Senior
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