Thirteen U20s from D1A return to MJAA camp

D1A Rugby: Thirteen U20s from D1A return to MJAA camp

BOULDER, Colo. – Following December’s Men’s Junior All-American camp, which saw 27 D1A Rugby players compete with the nation’s best U20s, 13 underclassmen representing five schools made the cut to attend a second winter camp Jan. 15-18.

The MJAA camp held before the Christmas holiday witnessed 52 players seeking to impress a coaching staff tasked with putting together a U20 team to face Canada Feb. 13 with a place in the 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy competition at stake. Over half of last month’s camp participants were not called back to duty, while a dozen players who missed the original camp have been brought into the fold.

“We are looking to build the best comprehensive squad that will push, develop, and tightly knit the final 23 selected for the qualifier,” said Lindenwood Director of Rugby and MJAA interim Head Coach JD Stephenson. “The success of the development and cohesion in camp ultimately comes down to player buy-in and belief of the program. The coaching staff believes that the players selected for this assembly have the right mindset and ability to be successful and will get the best out of each other.”

The Feb. 13 U20 Trophy qualifying match against Canada is being organized in conjunction with the second leg of the Americas Rugby Championship, which will pit the Men’s Eagles against Canada in Austin, Texas.

Eleven additional D1A student-athletes were invited to this weekend’s camp on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., but are either injured or unavailable. To view the entire list of camp attendees, visit USARugby.org.


Jan. 15-18 MJAA Camp Attendees

Malon Al-JibooriLindenwood
Steven BranhamArizona
Sean ColemanArizona
Connor CudebackCal Poly
Brennan FalconLSU
Brian HannonArizona
Deion MikesellLindenwood
Mason PedersenArizona
Tyler SousleyArizona
Lorenzo ThomasLindenwood
Duncan Van SchalkwykLife
Chance WenglewskiLindenwood
Mitchell WilsonLife

Injured/Unavailable

Bobby ButchofskyArizona
Ian CrillyArizona
Jamie DemersMichigan
Vili HeluSaint Mary’s
Tyler JanneyIndiana
Aaron MatthewsSaint Mary’s
Malcolm MayPenn State
Matthew MinerUtah
Joseph O’ShieldsKutztown
Cecil RichWheeling Jesuit
Jimmy RonanPenn State