LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Thirty-four under-19 athletes, including seven from D1A Rugby, have been selected to assemble and compete with the newly established AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans Developmental Team. The squad will come together ahead of the New Year in preparation of two contests against Rugby Canada’s U-19 team.
“This assembly is not only a great stop-gap for High School All-Americans preparing for collegiate rugby and young Junior All-Americans hoping to continue their age-grade careers, but builds on the continuity of the High Performance programs in a storied setting with Canada,” Men’s Junior All-American Head Coach JD Stephenson said. “The talent level of this country’s youth grows year to year, and this under-19 squad will further showcase the camaraderie and passion our young players have to represent their country.”
The seven MJAA Developmental selections from D1A Rugby represent five different programs, with the Mid-South Conference’s 10th-ranked Arkansas State and top-ranked Life each generating a pair of attendees. Three from the group attended one of three AIG Men’s Junior All-American Evaluation Camps held earlier this month.
Both fixtures against our neighbors to the north will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The first match is set for Dec. 30 and the second will be contested Jan. 2.
MJAA Developmental Team from D1A Rugby:
Calvin Gentry – Arkansas State
Justin Johnson – Life
Jack Miller – Colorado
Anton Grigoriou – Arizona
Kelsin Pupunu – Utah
Campbell Robinson – Arkansas State
Karem Odeh – Life