Junior World Rugby Trophy team’s coaching staff named

BOULDER, Colo. – Scott Lawrence, the USA Rugby Junior All-Americans Head Coach, has announced his coaching staff leading into the Junior World Rugby Trophy (an international Under-20s tournament featuring the future stars of rugby from eight nations) in Murray, Utah, in June 2012.

Lawrence’s staff consists of high school, college, and senior club coaches and all claim successes at their respective levels. Input to Lawrence from different viewpoints in tantamount to the long-term development of the Junior All-Americans.

Lawrence is the defense coach of Life University’s Rugby Super League team and has been heavily involved in the development of USA Rugby’s High Performance programs over the last five years. A former Eagle himself, Lawrence believes his role as Junior All-Americans head coach is one of the most enjoyable and one of the most crucial in the player pathway.

The two changes from Lawrence’s 2011 JWRT staff are the additions of Gavin Hickie and Vahafolau Esikia and the departures of Luke Gross and Chris Osentowski.

Luke Gross is stepping down as JAAs forwards coach as he transitions into the role of USA Rugby Player Development Manager, overseeing the international player pathways and serving as a consistent eye for player development across all men’s and women’s high performance programs.

Chris Osentowski has stepped away from his role as scrum coach due to professional commitments.

The Junior All-Americans will assemble on May 19 to depart for a two-match series against the Canada Under-20s in Canada. The two matches will be played on May 23 and May 26 and will serve as tune-ups for the 2012 Junior World Rugby Trophy.

The USA’s first game for the JWRT is against Tonga on June 18 at Murray Park.

USA Junior All-Americans/USA U20s 2012 Staff
Scott Lawrence (Life University) – head coach
Justin Hickey (Clemson) – manager
Gavin Hickie (Belmont Shore) – forwards coach
Jason Kelly (Denver Barbarians) – backs coach
Vaha Esikia (Las Vegas Rugby Academy) – individual skill development coach
Justin Goonan (Boston College) – strength and conditioning coach
Dr. Ben Cowin – medical coordinator
Mike Diamantopolous  (Boston RFC) – video analyst

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