North American Lions U19s Picked For Dubai 7s

The North American Lions have named their squad to play in the U19 boys invitational bracket of the Dubai 7s later this fall.

This new joint USA and Canada venture brings together some of the best young rugby 7s players in both countries to play at an elite event overseas. National-level 7s teams from France, South Africa, Kenya, and the Pacific Islands are expected to be in Dubai for the tournament, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Read more: North American Lions Team Prepares For Dubai

The Lions team features several standouts from the recent NAI 7s, including Chase Schor Haskin, Mike Weir, Patrick Madden, Kevin Vertkas, and Jesse Capriottti.



Madden is joined by fellow Eagle Impact Rugby Academy champions Ryan James, Jack Bradfield, and Eric Naposki. 

The players are now going to enter a strength and conditioning and preparation program, and while many have played together, getting them to work as a unit even as they live all over the continent will be a challenge.

The team assembles on November 27 and arrives in Dubai on November 28 for the Dec. 1-2 tournament.



NA Lions Roster
Name Position Organization Birth Year
Chase Schor Haskin Prop/Hook Atlantis 1999
Mike Weir Fly Half Atlantis 2000
Jesse Capriotti Wing Atlantis 2000
Bill Kaisa Saluone Prop/ Center Utah 1999
Kekoa "Tai" Kauwe Flyhalf / Hooker Utah 1998
Eric Naposki Flyhalf EIRA 1999
Patrick Madden Scrumhalf EIRA 1998
Ryan James Wing EIRA 1999
Jack Bradfield Prop EIRA 1998
Ethan Hager Wing/Fetcher Upright 1998
Mostyn Findlay Hook/Centre Upright 1998
Kevin Vertkas Prop/Wing Upright 1998
Robert Figley* Prop/ Center Atlantis 1999
John Grande IV* Wing/ Prop Utah 2000

*= Alternates

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