United States national under-20 rugby union team

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United States U-20
USA Rugby Logo.png
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Junior Eagles
Coach(es) Billy Millard
Top scorer Madison 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
Appearances 2 (First in 2008)
Best result 1st, 2012 JWRT

The United States national under-20 rugby union team 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.

IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy[edit]

The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy is a tournament of the U-20 national rugby teams from all continents. The tournament has been played every year since 2008. The US U-20 team has participated in the 2009 and 2011 competitions, and hosted and won the 2012 competition.

IRB JWRT Results and Statistics[edit]

Junior World Trophy
Year Pld Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Pts Pool place Final position
2012 4 4 0 0 149 82 +67 2 14 1st 1st (beat Japan 37-33)
2011 4 1 0 3 82 152 -70 2 2 4th 7th (beat Zimbabwe 30-29)
2009 4 2 0 2 138 97 +41 4 12 1st 2nd (lost to Romania 13-25)

2012 JWRT (USA)[edit]

The 2012 JWRT was played at Murray Rugby Park Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 18–30, 2012. The USA opened the tournament with a 22-11 come-from-behind win over Tonga, who had been the tournament favorite. The USA followed up with a 54-25 win over Chile and 36-13 win over Russia to finish 3-0 in pool play, finishing first in their group and qualifying for the final. In the final against Japan, the USA were down early in the match 0-14. The USA fought back to creep ahead 15-14 at halftime. The lead went back and forth in the second half, but the USA sealed the match with a try in the last ten minutes to win 37-33.

2011 JWRT (Georgia)[edit]

The US suffered losses to Samoa 11-48, Russia 36-42, and Uruguay 5-33. In the knockout round, the US beat Zimbabwe 30-29 to finish in 7th place. Joe Cowley was the US leading scorer for the tournament, with 21 points. The team was led by Head Coach Scott Lawrence. Joe Cowley led the scoring with 26 points, with Will Magie scoring 16.[1]

2009 JWRT (Kenya)[edit]

In pool play, the US beat the Cayman Islands 64-15, lost to hosts Kenya 32-33, and beat Namibia 29-24. Pool play finished with the US, Kenya and Namibia all standing with 2 wins and 1 loss, but the US won the group due to its 4 bonus points scored. The US lost to Romania 13-25 in the final, with the US taking second place in the tournament. Robert Johnson led the scoring with 35 points (including 12 conversions).[2] Zack Test and Brett Thompson each scored 3 tries.

IRB Junior World Championship[edit]

Further information: IRB Junior World Championship

2013 JWC (France)[edit]

The US was promoted to the JWC for 2013, following its 1st place finish in the 2012 JWRT. The US are grouped in a pool with South Africa (2012 champions), England, and France.

2008 JWC (Wales)[edit]

In pool play, the US lost to South Africa, Samoa, and Scotland to finish fourth in its group. In the knockout phase, the US then lost to Fiji and Japan to finish 16th and last in the tournament. Finishing last in the tournament meant that the US would be relegated to the JWRT for 2009. Sean Treacy led the scoring for the US with 30 points (including 8 penalties).[3]

Current Squad[edit]

Squad to 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.[4]


  • James Gannon
  • Marshall Godfrey
  • Titi Lamositele
  • Val Lee-lo
  • Benjamin Tarr
  • Codi Jones
  • Oliver Drew
  • Tyler Enfield
  • Max Robertson
  • Christian Wiessing
  • Zach Bonte
  • Hanco Germishuys
  • Peter Malcolm
  • Ben Pinkelman
  • Vili Toluta'u


  • Mike Reid
  • Erik Thompson
  • Ben Cima
  • Niall Barry
  • Gabe Farley
  • Seth Halliman
  • Joe Kelly
  • Nemia Qoro
  • David Todd
  • James Vaifale
  • Connar Wallace-Sims
  • Scott Dean


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

Notable Players[edit]

All-Time Scoring Leaders[edit]

  • Madison Hughes - 82 points scored (including 12 penalties & 6 tries) in JWRT competitions.[5]
  • Robert Johnson - 35 points scored (including 12 conversions) in JWRT competitions.[6]
  • Tai Enosa - 3 drop goals in JRWT competitions (tied for all-time lead among players from all countries).[7]

Graduates to Men's National Team[edit]

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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]