Local Kansas City Youth Rugby Player gets selected for USA High School All- American U18 Team.

Sports release: Contact Amy Hart- ahartdoering@yahoo.com, 913-832-4049

James “Xavier” Doering, a Junior on the St. Thomas Aquinas Rugby Squad has been selected for the USA HSAA (High School All American) U18 Team.

Head Coach, Salty Thompson has selected a traveling squad of 26 players from around the Nation following the HSAA Winter Camp in Arizona, for the first scheduled tour of 2017 for the under-18s. Thompson's selected travel squad of 15 forwards and 11 backs for the 15-a-side tournament will square up against Portugal for their first match.

Xavier Doering is a 3 year HSAA, U16 & U17 National Squad player and Kansas State Squad player. Xavier has been playing rugby since he was 8 years old living in Australia and has been coached by Tim Kluempers, Head Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas since returning to the States in 2014. Coach Kluempers is also a U16 National Coach.

The BHSAAs will arrive in France April 5 prior to three match days in Bretagne, April 7, April 11, and April 15. The Rugby Europe Men's Under 18 European Championships will welcome two North American sides, with the Boys High School All-Americans ranked fifth.

"There's a flavor to international competition that's different than any other," Thompson said. "Our boys are understandably very passionate about representing their country and they have to be able to control their emotions and play under pressure. Nobody's to be underestimated in this competition because the Europeans are very eager to improve as much as we are."

Any information related to a potential broadcast available to viewers in the United States will be released in due course. The BHSAAs will also tour Canada this summer.

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