BHSAAs announced for 2015 Las Vegas Invitational

BOULDER, Colo. – The roster for the USA Rugby Boys High School All-American sides competing in the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational has been announced.

Twenty-eight players will convene for three days beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10, before the Serevi High School Boys Elite 7s division competition starts alongside USA Sevens, the fifth leg of the 2014-15 World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series.

The BHSAAs’ division includes a strong Canadian contingent in British Columbia, Ontario Blues, Toronto Rugby, and Upright Rugby Rogues. The domestic teams include Atlantis, Palo Verde Rugby, Utah Lions, and Washington Loggers.

The BHSAAs return three key players from 2014 in Brian Hannon, Aaron Matthews, and Austin Taefu. All three played in the Las Vegas Invitational in 2014, as well as Rosslyn Park National School Sevens and II Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The graduation of Cian Barry, Matt Brenna, Ben Cima, Hanco Germishuys, Seth Halliman, Vili Helu, Jesse Mander, Malcom May, Wes Parker, Michael Reid, Tyler Sousley, Jojo Tikoisuva, and Calvin Whiting means Salty Thompson’s team is a squad with a big challenge ahead.

“Graduating a core of solid players naturally makes room for the new generations,” the head coach said. “The challenge is to blend the boys into cohesive teams in a few practices. Vegas has been instrumental in providing a rare opportunity to play on home soil.”

In 2014, the BHSAAs took home the High School Boys Elite 7s Division Cup and Plate, the top two trophies at the tournament. Follow @AARugby on Twitter for more updates from the Las Vegas Invitational.

Name (FIRST) Name (LAST) H.S. Year Height Weight (lbs.) Rugby Club Name State/Country
Malon Al-Jiboori Senior 6’3″ 225 Union High School OK
Keagan Barnes Junior 5’7″ 155 Summitt Academy UT
Luke Bienstock Junior 6’1″ 185 Greenwich High School CT
Chase Bixby Senior 6’6″ 207 Granite Bay Rugby CA
Ryan Bradfield Senior 6’1″ 200 St Edward High School OH
Will Brennan Junior 6′ 185 Seattle vikings WA
Adam Channel Senior 6’3″ 184 Belmont Shore CA
Evan Clark Senior 5’10” 170 Santa Monica Dolphins CA
Alfonso Cornu-Labat Senior 6′ 175 East Side Lions WA
Erik Cortinas Senior 5’7″ 160 Peninsula Green CA
Christian Dyer Junior 6’2″ 185 Jesuit High School CA
Jeremy Fleet Senior 6’2″ 195 San Diego Mustangs CA
Jack Freiheit Senior 5’10” 170 Greenwich High School CT
Brian Hannon Senior 5’10” 181 Royal Irish Rugby IN
Travis Heer Senior 5’11” 200 Back Bay Rugby CA
Leki Fotu Junior 6’6″ 255 Peninsula Green CA
Devin Lim Senior 6’2″ 200 University City H.S. and Aztecs CA
Kyle Makaiwi Senior 5’9″ 170 Danville Oaks CA
Aaron Matthews Senior 5’10” 185 Back Bay Rugby CA
Nic Mirhashem Senior 5’11” 195 Rugby Club Sitges Spain
Olan Moon White Senior 6’1″ 175 Santa Monica Rugby Club CA
Brian Nault Senior 6’2″ 231 Shelton Rugby Club WA
Darian Power Senior 5’11” 175 United Rugby Club UT
Torran Raby Senior 6’2″ 208 San Diego Mustangs CA
Matthew Rogers Senior 5’9″ 150 Granite Bay Rugby CA
Nathaniel Short Senior 5’10” 170 Dixon Rugby Club CA
Austin Taefu Senior 5’7″ 175 Tempe Rugby AZ
Luis Turbyfield Senior 5’11” 180 Baltimore Poly MD