High school rugby: 4 United, 3 Herriman players invited to USA Rugby camp

USA RugbyUtah’s United Rugby Club and Herriman Mustangs RFC were both represented well when USA Rugby invited 113 players to its upcoming Boys High School All Americans Winter Camp.

United, the 2013 national club champion, had four players named to the roster: Jesus Arias (6-foot-2, 220-pound prop), Darian Power (5-11, 165 flyhalf), Ben Webber (5-11, 173 center) and Calvin Whiting (6-2, 198 center).

Herriman, who defeated United in the semifinals of the state tournament, had three players invited to the camp: Sione Bloomfield (5-9, 200 center), Kalisi Moli (6-2, 251 prop) and Tomasi Unaloto Tonga (5-11, 170 center).

“We have a good blend of known prospects and exciting newcomers,” High School All Americans head coach Salty Thompson said in a news release. “In the interests of continuity and performance it’s important we identify and develop players at a young age.”

The camp runs Dec. 26 through New Year’s Eve. The High School All Americans will play in the Las Vegas Sevens in January and the England Schools Sevens in March.

All of the camp participants were required to complete a course on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and pass the IRB Rugby Ready and Rugby Clean courses.

“It’s an honor to make the camp, let alone represent the USA, Thompson said. “I expect our players to be quality young men who exhibit the best in character and behavior both on and off the field.”

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