Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 23 June 2013 13:10    PDF Print Write e-mail
U20s Lose to Fiji
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


The USA U20s have officially ended their time in the Junior World Championships, losing 46-12 Sunday to Fiji to finish 12th out of 12. 

USA trying to find some space against Fiji. Steven Lebreton photo.The USA will be replaced by Italy in 2014, with the Americans moving back down to the Junior World Rugby Trophy they won in 2012.

Fiji scored four tries in the first half to take a commanding 22-0 lead. Emori Waqa scored his second try minutes into the second half to make it 27-0. After that, it was a more even contest. Vilu Toluta'u notched the USA's 1st try at 13 minutes of the second half, and Korbin Lindell scored the team's second try to close the score to 27-12. But two tries by Fiji in the final five minutes finished the USA off.

Fiji 46
Tries: Waqa 3, Tuisese, Doge, Vatuba, Rarasea, Kunavore
Convs: Waqa, Douglas 2

USA 12
Tries: Toluta'u, Lindell
Convs: Audsley

Overall, the USA U20s were, unfortunately, complete overmatched in this competition. They played South Africa, France, England, Scotland, and Fiji, teams that were virtually all professional - populated with players who were in major club or province academy systems, or actually regular players on major pro teams.

Fiji did not list the affiliation of their players, but the other four teams did. Of those four squads of 28, we found two players who are in college, and one who is in high school. The rest are listed as part of major clubs or provincial teams, or, in some case, the South African national 7s academy. Here is the team list (in alphabetical order)

Exeter Chiefs
Aberdeen Grammar RC
Albi
ASM Clermont Auvergne
Aviron Bayonnais
Ayr
Bath Rugby
Bedford Blues
Biarritz Olympique
Blue Bulls
Boroughmuir
Bristol Rugby
Bulls
Castres Olympique
CS Bourgoin Jallieu
Eastern Province Kings
Edinburgh Academicals
Edinburgh Rugby
Exeter Chiefs
Free State
Gala
Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians
Glasgow Warriors
Gloucester Rugby
Golden Lions
Harlequins
Leeds Carnegie
Leicester Tigers
Leinster
Leopards
London Irish
London Scottish
London Wasps
Loughborough University
Lyon
Lyon Olimpique Universitaire
Massy
Montpellier Herault Rugby Club
Newcastle Falcons
Northampton Saints
Racing Metro 92
Sale Sharks
Saracens
Sharks
South Africa 7s
Sporting Union Agen
Stade Français
Stade Toulousain
Stirling County
Union Bordeaux-Bègles
USA Perpignan
Western Province
Worcester Warriors


By contrast, the USA team's background was nowhere near as consistent.

Six US-based clubs provided players:
Metropolis
Las Vegas Blackjacks
San Francisco Golden Gate
Glendale Raptors
Tempe Rugby Club
Belmont Shore

Of those, the Metropolis players were also associated with the Spearhead Academy.

Eight colleges provided players:
Arkansas State University
Dartmouth College
St Mary's College, California
Central Washington University
Kutztown University
Life University
Saint Joseph's University
University of California

Three overseas universities provided players:
Dublin University
Loughborough University
University College Dublin

And four players came from clubs outside the USA:
Club Universitario Buenos Aires
Lansdowne
Young Munster
Newcastle Falcons