BHSAAs on track for repeat sweep of Canadian opposition

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Boys High School All-Americans are back in Canada this week preparing for a two-match slate against BC Rugby’s under-18 team at University of British Columbia.

Head Coach Salty Thompson has assembled a squad of 25 young athletes, nearly half of whom have represented the BHSAAs in international competition in the past year. Gonzaga’s Ian Kilcullen returns to the 2017 western squad after helping the eastern squad defeat an under-19 team from Ontario Blues June 29 and July 1.

AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans forwards coach Chris Oosthuizen joins Thompson and assistant coach Brendan Keane on the staff, with Jane Kluempers returning as team trainer. Staying in the dormitories and training at University of British Columbia, the BHSAAs will face the BC Rugby team Thursday, July 13, and Saturday, July 15, in a repeat of a 2016 tour north of the border.

Prop David Ainuu out of Washington was a member of the 2016 team that swept its opposition by a combined score line of 102-3. That tour also followed an Ontario Tour that resulted in BHSAA victories, with the 2017 incarnation 160 minutes from replicating the feat.

Including Ainuu, 10 athletes in the western squad traveled to France earlier this year for the Rugby Europe Men’s Under 18 European Championships. Eleven states are represented, while several All-American debutants – including Chase Jones (California), Joe Kamara (Colorado), Siope Koloamatangi (Arizona), and Ivan Pula (Washington) – earned selections through their performances at the summer’s Regional Cup Tournaments.

There are no announced plans for the matches to be broadcast.

Boys High School All-Americans | British Columbia Tour

Name Position Club
David Ainuu Prop Liberty (WA)
Connoer Bellinger Lock Jesuit (CA)
Jacob Burns Hooker Chuckanut (WA)
Asa Carter Lock Union (OK)
Xavier Doering Prop St. Thomas (KS)
Keoni Francis Flanker Cy-Fair (TX)
Sam Gasparovich Fly half St. Thomas (KS)
Chase Jones Lock Solano-Yolo (CA)
Joe Kamara Flanker Palmer Terrors (CO)
Ian Kilcullen Center Gonzaga (DC)
Siope Koloamatongi Prop Tempe (AZ)
Deven Lawhorne Lock Back Bay (CA)
Kaden Loversky Wing Mira Costa (CA)
Gabriel Mahuina Hooker Herriman (UT)
Ethan McVeigh Scrum half OMBAC (CA)
Michael Nettleton Wing Fishers (IN)
George Niethammer Center Jesuit (CA)
Chris Noggle Flanker Santa Barbara (CA)
Ivan Pula No. 8 Budd Bay (CA)
Carlos Ramirez Scrum half Jesuit (CA)
Alex Rayton Lock Woodlands (TX)
Ryan Santos Center Makati (Philippines)
Owen Sheehy Fly half Gonzaga (DC)
Kyle van Tunder Full back Rocky Mt. (ID)
John Wendling Center Chuckanut (WA)

Boys High School All-Americans | Coaching Staff

Salty Thompson – Head Coach

Brendan Keane – Coach

Jane Kluempers – Trainer

Chris Oosthuizen – Coach

Boys High School All-Americans | British Columbia Tour

v. BC Rugby U18s – Thursday, July 13 @ 6 p.m. ET

v. BC Rugby U18s – Saturday, July 15 @ 3 p.m. ET