Boys High School All-American under-17 squad

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(ISN) – MARCOUSSIS, France – The Boys High School All-American under-17 squad begins its tour of western Europe Tuesday evening with a match against the French under-17 team.

The BHSAAs, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, arrived in Paris Sunday to prepare for the three-match tour. Sim Mander joins the team after playing for the BHSAAs at Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens Thursday, March 26. Salty Thompson’s group was not able to qualify for the knockout rounds despite running eventual group-winner Cowbridge Comprehensive School close.

Hooker Keanu Andrade, locks Leki Fotu and Liam Jimmons, Mander, and flanker Jack White were each selected to last year’s under-17 team and bring experience to this year’s 28-man roster.

At the French National Rugby Training Center, the players have worked well in a short period of time to implement the coaching staff’s organization and structure ahead of tonight’s match.

“This game is a superb development opportunity for the BHSAAs,” Thompson said. “Playing a Tier One, Six Nations national team gives our boys a sample of rugby they will never experience at home.”

The match in Marcoussis will be followed by a double-header against Belgium in Liege Saturday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 8. Follow @aarugby on Twitter for more updates from the team.

Boys High School All-Americans | JV Tour

Name H.S. Year Height Weight (lbs.) Position Club State
Ian Abbott Junior 6’3″ 180 Lock Herriman Rugby UT
David Ainuu Sophomore 5’10” 250 Prop Prairie RFC – Yelm WA
Keanu Andrade Junior 5’7″ 195 Hooker Danville Oaks CA
Ian Crilly SR 6’2″ 190 Flanker Fallbrook Youth Rugby CA
Ruben de Haas Sophomore 5’10” 162 Scrum-half Little Rock Rugby Club AK
Sean Dowling Sophomore 6’4″ 268 Prop Ft. Hunt Warriors VA
Owen Duvall Junior 6′ 240 Prop Coastal Dragons YRFC CA
Beau Falco Junior 6’2″ 215 Flanker SCV Tigers CA
Leki Fotu Junior 6’6″ 255 Lock Herriman Rugby CA
Anton Grigoriou Junior 6’2″ 190 Fly-half San Clemente Gators CA
Zach Heisterkamp Junior 5’11” 195 Flanker St. Edward Rugby OH
Evan Holm Junior 6′ 170 Wing Edina Rugby CLub MN
Ryan James Sophomore 6′ 158 Wing Aztec Warriors CA
Liam Jimmons Junior 6’5″ 230 Lock Back Bay Sharks CA
Mikaele Kruse Junior 6′ 185 Center Bullard Rugby Club CA
Patrick Madden Sophomore 5’11” 185 Full-back San Diego Young Aztecs CA
Sosefo Mailangi-Ray Junior 6’3″ 225 Prop Back Bay RFC CA
Sim Mander Junior 6’1″ 190 Center St Paul’s Rugby UK
Maxwell Nail Junior 5’11” 200 Hooker Fort Hunt VA
Soh Nakayama Junior 5’8″ 140 Scrum-half Greenwich High School CT
Quinn Perry Sophomore 6′ 215 Center Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Dillon Shotwell Junior 5’11” 225 Prop Kingwood Rugby Club TX
Justus Tavai Junior 6′ 230 Eight man Los Angeles Rugby CA
Tomasi Tonga Junior 6′ 180 Center Herriman Rugby UT
William Vakalai Sophomore 5’10” 205 Center Penn High School IN
Nathan Watts Junior 6’3″ 250 Prop Richardson Rugby Club TX
Jack White Sophomore 6’2″ 205 Eight man Penn High School IN
Marcos Young Junior 5’8″ 150 Fly-half Key Biscayne Rugby FL
Boys High School All-Americans | JV Tour
v France – Marcoussis, France – Tuesday, March 31
v Belgium – Liege, Belgium – Saturday, April 4
v Belgium – Liege, Belgium – Tuesday, April 8

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