USA Men’s High Performance Pathways complete two extensive Winter Camps over the holiday break

Through the holiday break last week, USA Men’s High Performance Pathways hosted two Winter Camps in Charlotte, NC and Chula Vista, CA with up and coming prospects on the U18 and U20 level coming together for a multi-day assembly under national team coaching.

A regular camp that closed out one of the most active USA High Performance Pathway years to date in 2023, both the XVs and Sevens programs utilized the week to continue young player development and identification.

Leading the U20s camp from Charlotte, Neethling Gericke spoke on the assembly with over 45 athletes in attendance, “For the U20s Winter Camp, we wanted to get our core group of players together for another extended assembly, in order to continue building early connections and set USA Rugby High Performance standards from the start.”

With multiple players from this past summer’s World Rugby U20s Trophy rostered for the camp, the six-day assembly was another opportunity for player pool cohesion with a return to qualification expected in 2024.

USA Men’s Pathways U20s Winter Camp Roster
Jack Anstey HarlequIns Rugby Club (UK)
Logan Ballinger Life University
Judd Berman Trinity College
Dom Besag St Mary's College
Paddy Casey Cal Poly
Jasper Cockburn-Miller London Irish Academy (UK)
Nathan Comiskey Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Emmett Cook Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Cade Crist Univ. Cal - Berkeley
George Engels Army West Point
Dylan Fortune Lindenwood
Holden Hahn Kentucky
Aiden Kemp Arizona
Rayan Khwaja Duke
Luke Leddy Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Nate Leff Univ. San Diego
Dylan Liskey Army West Point
Miles Malone Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Colby Marr Charlotte Cardinals
Finley Mitchell Charlotte Cardinals
Luke Morrow Dartmouth
Ciaran Murray Army West Point
Luke Neely Grand Canyon
Eddie Nelson St. Bonaventure
Seaghan O'Braonain Mount St Mary's
Kieran O'Meara Seattle Rugby
Tatum (TJ) Pappas St Mary's College
Jamie Purnell Luctonians RFC (UK)
Tommy Rainsford Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Asa Rosenmeir Brown
Rand Santos Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Sederik Saxon Life University
Luke Schaefer Lindenwood
Trevor Schweer Central Washington
Seth Smith Houston SaberCats
Matt Staycer UC Davis
Talae Tuimaunei Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Jordan Vassel Life University
Akariva Vuta University of Waikato (NZL)
Thomas Wagner Randwick (AUS)
Koen Webb Iowa Central
Solomon Williams Univ. Cal - Berkeley
Maseah Young St. Bonaventure
Jeremy Zwick Lindenwood
Miles Bell Michigan State
Tate Sykora-Matthess Iowa Central

Men’s U18s Head Coach, Dominic Wareing led the way for the Chula Vista based camp, adding, "Building on the success of last year’s summer tour, we were excited to see former U18 players progress through competitions, making appearances on the World Rugby U20s Trophy, Global School Sevens in New Zealand and even earning caps with the Eagles. We were extremely excited for this Winter Camp to work with the next generation of Junior Eagles."

"This was the largest talent ID camp held over the last few years, with around 50 young men competing over four days in Chula Vista, hopefully providing more opportunity to a wider range of athletes. It is an amazing group, supported by a world class coaching team coming together for a fun and fast paced training schedule. We hope to see talent and potential enhanced by the player's schools and clubs shine through at the next level.”

USA Men’s Pathways U18s Winter Camp Roster
Aidan Stewart Sedbergh School, Newcastle Falcons U18 (UK)
Alexander Kemp Saint Augustine High School
Brayden Pinto Saint Augustine High School
Brody Johnson Gonzaga High School
Cade Gilbert South OC Raptors
Caden Hartley South OC Raptors
Christian Balassy Saint Ignatius High School
Colin Donnelly South OC Raptors
Declan Cadden Blackrock College (IRE)
Devin Hyde EPA Razorhawks
Edward Robertson Chester RUFC
Elijah Capiro Woodlands Rugby Club
Emir Yuksel Xavier High School
Eoin McBride Xavier High School
Eugene McKenna Saint Augustine High School
Flynn O’Connell SFGG
Gavin Hooten Cardinal Gibbons High School
Henry Whitton Kirkham Grammar School
Isaac Mickelsen Herriman High School
Jacob Papesh Saint Ignatius High School
Jacob Schumacher Charlotte Cardinals
Jameson Beatty Charlotte Tigers
Josiah Apisala Belmont Shore Rugby Club
Justin Albouy Raleigh Redhawks/Panther Rugby Academy
Kai Caulfield San Diego Mustangs
Kieran Downs Gonzaga High School
Kingston Keanaaina San Mateo Wolverines/Saint Francis Lancers
Malan Graham Eureka Rugby Club
Marco Lapierre Monarch Rugby
Marcus Harris Strake Jesuit Crusaders
Max Doerfler Saint Thomas Aquinas Rugby Club
Maximus Orefice Raptor Rugby Club
Mehdi Merah Xavier High School
Michael Smith Boston College High School
Oliver Bamford Marlborough College
Oliver Kirk Chicago Lions
Papaseea Matelau East High School (UT)
Princeton Tusa Belmont Shore Rugby Club
Rex Bateman East High School (UT)
Rocco Burdett Belmont Shore Rugby Club
Rocco Pool Mustangs/Torrey Pines
Ryker Syddall Herriman High School
Seamus Smith Tempe Rugby Club
Sean Kull Xavier High School
Spencer Huntley SD Mustangs/Cathedral Catholic High School
Tristram Harwood Finborough School
Wesley Stone Oceanside Collegiate Academy
William Barrett Mustangs Rugby Club
William Reiter Try Time Rugby
Zach Colson Charlotte Cardinals Rugby Club
Zane Smith Woodlands Rugby Club