USA Rugby released the list of players in Men’s under-20 squad for 2020, last week. Amidst the pandemic outbreak, the head coach has declared a probable list of 33 players with the uncertainty of the game conduction looming over the sports authority.
As per the latest reports, the u20 Americas Rugby Championship has been postponed with the World Rugby u20 Trophy likely to be canceled.
The list released marks the return of only two players from the previous season, Matt Gelhaus and OMBAC flanker Miles McCormick.
While the latter has been named as captain Gelhaus is the only true second-row forward with Utah Warriors flanker Charlie Hola and Arizona State No8 Carson Shoemaker named as locks.
Among the professionals’ there is Charlie Hola, who played for the Warriors in the Major League Rugby preseason, Mateo Gadsden (winger) of the Colorado Raptors and Zack Godfrey of the Houston SaberCats (winger).
Sean Nolan, the flyhalf of Mira Costa, is also a part of the San Diego Legion academy program.
Eight overseas-based players include Harlequins flanker Makeen Alikhan, RGC 1404 scrumhalf Oscar Lennon, and Cardiff Met winger Ethyn Baker from the United Kingdom with UCC center Killian Coghlan and Cork utility back Michael Hand hailing from Ireland.
Three hail from the Southern Hemisphere. Sydenham prop Mika Felix and Northcote hooker Charlie Walsh are joined by Sydney Uni scrumhalf Tas Smith.
Various players include loose forward Kaipono Kayoshi, versatile halfback Karl Keane, midfielder Erich Storti. Central Washington.
Jonah Auva’a (Central Washington), Jesse Emerson (AIC), Mika Felix (Sydenham, NZ), Ronald Leuma (North Texas), Cameron Nelson (Central Washington), Lane Prusiner (Iowa Central), Charlie Walsh (Northcote Birkenhead, NZ), John Zeich (NYAC), Matt Gelhaus (Kutztown), Charlie Hola (Utah Warriors), Carson Shoemaker (Arizona State), Makeen Alikhan (Harlequins, UK), Cyrille Cama (St. John Bosco HS), Alex Cleary (Central Washington), Kaipono Kayoshi (Saint Mary’s), Miles McCormick (capt., Saint Mary’s), Ben Richards (Bellarmine), Dominic Tianga (Queens College), Colin Turner (Southern Virginia)
Oscar Lennon (RGC 1404, UK), Tas Smith (Sydney Uni, AU), Karl Keane (Saint Mary’s), Sean Nolan (Mira Costa), Nate Salter (Cal Berkeley), Tohi Angilau (USA Sevens), Killian Coghlan (UCC, IR), Ty Nelson (OMBAC), Erich Storti (Saint Mary’s), Ethyn Baker (Cardiff Met, UK), Mateo Gadsden (Colorado Raptors), Zack Godfrey (Houston SaberCats), Jasper Green (Dartmouth), Michael Hand (Cork Constitution, IR)