Squad announced for Boys High School All-Americans' Argentina Tour

Squad announced for Boys High School All-Americans' Argentina Tour

BOULDER, Colo. - The USA Rugby Boys High School All-American Argentina-bound squad, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, has been confirmed. Thirteen players of the 30-man roster return to Argentina with a mission to close the gap on the dominant rugby nation in the Americas.

The front row returns Steven Branham and Suwaiter Poch at hooker and Jesus Arias at loose-head while Jack Iscaro, Derise Fuga and Connor Cudeback make their debuts. Branham is on his fourth tour, having played junior varsity for the past two seasons and Argentina last summer. Poch is also experienced at HSAA sevens and 15s.

The lock position, with players ranging between six-foot-five and six-foot-10, have two returners in Siaosi Mahoni and Justin Allen. Sophomores Liam Jimmons and George Fotu graduated from the Portugal and France JV Tour and have the size and attitude to really develop.

The back row is the most talented and experienced high school group since the days of Eagles Scott Lavalla, Taylor Mokate, and Liam Murphy in 2007. Jacobus Germishuys, headed to Gloucester Academy in the fall, is partnered with Vili Helu, Malcolm May and Reed Heynen, all returners. Wes Parker brings a toughness from Kentucky, while Sione Masoe is a rare attacking talent at seven. Brian Nault will see time at eight and begin an introduction to the front row.

Junior Helu, a former HSAA JV, has had a revived senior year playing sevens in Vegas, London. He is joined by Louis Mulholland, a Utah-born Saracens Academy veteran, who played for England up to the U18 level.

Ben Cima returns for his final HSAA tour having been an instrumental part of the AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans’ IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 campaign in Hong Kong this spring. Cima is joined at fly-half with Alex Walsh, who led Santa Monica to a second-place finish.

The midfield includes veteran and captain Calvin Whiting beside Seth Halliman, another MJAA from the JWRT. Aaron Matthews and Lorenzo Thomas, selected from the JV squad, bring youth to the centers.

The back three includes newcomer Mitchell Wilson, who was outstanding at the Challenge Cup All-Star Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa. Joeli Tikoisuva returns to the wing and is joined by Sim Mander, another JV product, and D'Arman Notoa, a talented Utah prospect that excelled in the Rocky Mountain Challenge Regional All-Star Tournament.

The HSAAs have four scheduled matches while in Argentina. Cordoba Academy will offer the first test Wednesday, July 16, before matches against Argentina U18s, Italy U18s, and Uruguay U18/19s.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Argentina Tour

First Name Last NameGradeHeightWeight (lbs)PositionRugby Club Hometown
JustinAllenSenior6'10"248LockPortadown Letterkenny, Ireland
JesusAriasSenior6'2"230PropUnited Orem, UT
Steven BranhamJunior5'11"215HookerFallbrook Fallbrook, CA
BenjaminCimaSenior6'1"185Fly-halfGonzagaBethesda, MD
ConnorCudebackSenior6'1"235PropBelmont ShoreLong Beach, CA
GeorgeFotuSophomore6'5"220LockPeninsula GreenSan Leandro, CA
DeriseFugaJunior6'1"230PropLiberty Kent, WA
JacobusGermishuysSenior6'2"220FlankerWest SideOmaha, NE
Seth HallimanSenior6'2"195CenterGlendale RaptorsColorado Springs, CO
ViliamiHeluSenior6'3"230EightDanville OaksSan Ramon, CA
AlaunaHeluSenior5'11"211Scrum-halfHaywardUnion City, CA
ReedHeynenSenior6'2"203FlankerBelmont ShoreLong Beach, CA
JackIscaroJunior6'1"245PropGonzaga Olney, MD
Liam JimmonsSophomore6'5"228LockBack Bay Huntington Beach, CA
SiaosiMahoniJunior6'7"250LockPeninsula GreenEast Palo Alto, CA
SimManderSophomore6'1"178WingLondon WaspsLondon, England
SioneMasoeSenior6'192FlankerBack BayAnaheim, CA
AaronMatthewsJunior5'9"185CenterBack BayIrvine, CA
MalcolmMayGraduated6'2"215FlankerPenn State Chicago, IL
LouisMulhollandFreshman5'11"187Scrum-halfCheshuntCuffley, England
BrianNaultJunior6'1"220EightSheltonShelton, WA
D'ArmanNotoaFreshman5'11"180CenterOrem StallionsProvo, UT
WesleyParkerSenior6'3"215FlankerSt XavierLouisville, KY
DarienPickettSenior5'10"230PropFort Hunt WarriorsAlexandria, VA
SuwaiterPoch JrSenior6'1"230HookerHilo ReignHilo, HI
LorenzoThomasSenior6'2"263CenterUnionTulsa, OK
JoeliTikoisuvaSenior5'11"176WingSacramento Islanders Sacramento, CA
AlexWalshSenior6'193Fly-halfSanta MonicaRedondo Beach, CA
CalvinWhitingSenior6'1"200CenterUnited Highland, UT
MitchellWilsonSenior5'9"170Full-backOrlando YouthHeathrow, FL

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Argentina Tour
v Cordoba Academy - Wednesday, July 16
v Argentina U18s - Saturday, July 19
v Italy U18s - Tuesday, July 22
v Uruguay U18/19s - Sunday, July 27

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Comments (11)

  • Guest (Prester John)

    Who picks this team? Indiana and Utah have the best High School teams in the country and there are ZERO kids from Indiana and ONE from Utah? Nothing against those chosen, great job to all; but what is the evaluation criteria being used? Just one more thing to question the leadership at USA Rugby.

  • Guest (Prester John)

    In reply to: Guest (Prester John)

    I'm sorry, that comment was in anger as I know there are good players throughout the country. I am excited for this team and in full support of the USA. I am an idiot, and I also keep my own farts in a jar in my attic.

  • Guest (Barbara)

    Where are they playing?

  • Guest (Carlos (Argentina))

    In reply to: Guest (Barbara)

    Rio Cuarto, a city about 700km from Buenos Aires nord west and about 216 km from Cordoba city.

  • Guest (Nick Horton)

    I am so impressed with the many talented players that we coach in Great Falls, VA. In just a few short years the level of play has far exceeded my expectations. This is a fantastic opportunity for these high school guys to further advance their skills and develop into Eagles. Argentina is a worthy opponent and a great proving ground.

  • Guest (DGlenn)

    I wish all these young men the best of luck and health on tour. Hold your heads high as you represent Back Bay Sharks.

  • Guest (Jon Straka)

    Junior Helu is from the NorCal champion Hayward Griffins, not the Danville Oaks.

  • Guest (Joe1234)

    I'm surprised not more Washington kids weren't selected, they looked very impressive in the all star tournament.

  • Guest (Gus Williams)

    I'm curious and this is probably a dumb question, but how can there be All-American players that play in different countries?

  • Guest (Culver Rugby)

    In reply to: Guest (Gus Williams)

    There are a few ways.
    1. American born and parents work in a differnt country
    2. Dual citzenship
    3. Enough American lineage to possibly quailfy for our national team
    4. Parents send their kid over to a school for the added training

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