United States national under-20 rugby union team

The United States national under-20 rugby union team, for sponsorship reasons known as the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans,[1] is the United States' junior rugby team at the national level. The U-20 team has competed at the IRB Junior World Championship and at several IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy tournaments.

United States U-20
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)Junior Eagles
Coach(es)Billy Millard
Top scorerMadison Hughes
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 United States 18–108 South Africa South Africa
(6 June 2008)
Largest win
United States United States 64–15 Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
(21 June 2009)
Largest defeat
England England 109–0 United States United States
(13 June 2013)
World Cup
Best result12th, 2013 IRB Junior World Championship

HistoryEdit

The U20 program was originally a U19 team.[2] With the decision by the International Rugby Board to merge their U19 and Under 21 Rugby World Championships to form the IRB Junior World Championship for U20 players effective as of the 2008 season, the team evolved into a U20 team to participate in the new competitions.

The first competition for the U20 team was on June 6, 2008, against South Africa. The U.S. won the 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy under head coach Scott Lawrence.

World Rugby Under 20 Championship and TrophyEdit

Junior World Championship/Trophy
Year Competition Pld Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff Finish
2008 Championship 5 0 0 5 68 240 –172 16th
2009 Trophy 4 2 0 2 138 97 +41 2nd
2010 Trophy DNQ
2011 Trophy 4 1 0 3 82 152 –70 7th
2012 Trophy 4 4 0 0 149 82 +67 1st
2013 Championship 3 0 0 3 3 251 –248 12th
2014 Trophy 4 3 0 1 98 63 +33 3rd
2015 Trophy DNQ
2016 Trophy 4 2 0 2 124 106 +26 5th
2017 Trophy DNQ
2018 Trophy DNQ
2019 Trophy DNQ

Current squadEdit

Squad for the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.[3]

Forwards

 

Backs


ManagementEdit

  • Billy Millard - Head Coach
  • David Williams - Assistant Coach
  • Luke Gross - Assistant Coach
  • Michael Engelbrecht - Assistant Coach
  • Dennis Greenhill JR - Physiotherapist
  • Terrence Cronin - Team Doctor

Notable playersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

  • Madison Hughes - 82 points scored (including 12 penalties & 6 tries) in JWRT competitions.[4]
  • Robert Johnson - 35 points scored (including 12 conversions) in JWRT competitions.[5]
  • Tai Enosa - 3 drop goals in JRWT competitions (tied for all-time lead among players from all countries).[6]

Graduates to men’s national teamEdit

The following players, who have played for the US youth team, have also gone on to represent the senior men's team in 15s or 7s:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's Junior All-Americans". USA Rugby. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "On the Under 20 team's next chapter". www.gainline.us. July 5, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwrt/teams/team=4061/index.html
  4. ^ IRB JWRT, player statistics, http://www.irb.com/jwrt/statistics/playerStatistics.html Archived 2008-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ IRB, Junior World Rugby Trophy, player statistics, http://www.irb.com/jwrt/statistics/playerStatistics.html Archived 2008-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ IRB, Junior World Rugby Trophy, player statistics, http://www.irb.com/jwrt/statistics/playerStatistics.html Archived 2008-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwrt/teams/team=2606/player=35570/index.html
  8. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwrt/teams/team=2606/player=32424/index.html
  9. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwrt/teams/team=2606/player=35584/index.html
  10. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwrt/teams/team=2606/player=35569/index.html

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