Thursday, February 4, 2016

U20 All American and Aurora Saracens: Will Fifita

Rugby Colorado’s foremost student-athlete, Will Fifita, is on a fast track and has attained the highest level at age-grade in the nation. The Aurora Saracens center recently returned from USA Eagles U20 camp where he earned placement into the USA Eagles U20 squad that will face Canada, Saturday 2.13, ahead of the USA-Canada Test in an Austin qualifier for the Junior World Cup Tournament.
Saracens coach, Scott Bredehoeft, informs Will might miss a portion of the upcoming season while on duty with the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans v Canada U20 Men’s National  Team (Saturday, February 13 ), though “he’ll be  bringing back a treasury full of rugby when he returns to the (Saracens) club.” The length and duration of young Mr. Fifita’s duty on the national squad will depend on the outcome of the Canada match, but Will’s spring could include a trip to Zimbabwe and the Junior World Cup, April 19 through May 1.
Saracens head to the St. Louis Ruggerfest the weekend of April 1-3 for the tournament that celebrates near seven decades of our game in the city called “Gateway to the West,” certainly a portal and forum within which the facile Fifita will test his rugby mettle.
"Will is a very good young footballer. He's great in contact and has good pace. At the MJAA level the speed and physicality is something in which he has not shied away from… very promising, and we're excited to see Will reach his potential", says Junior All-Americans interim head coach JD Stephenson. Will is now preparing, along with his Rugby Colorado high school XV, for the spring campaign. Fifita is from a rugby-rich family that includes former Glendale Raptors and Golden Dragons front row, Sione Fifita, Will’s older brother Filipe (#8), his younger twin Dieon (#9), and younger brother Steve (#8).
Will gained a vast amount of experiential rugby education at U20 Eagles camp last December in Missouri. The combine of 50 eminent potentials was held on campus at Lindenwood University (home of Lindenwood University Lions, currently rated #3 on the national charts). There, under scrutiny of age-grade selectors, Will was introduced to a higher level of rugby.

The Rangeview High School senior obtains inspiration from older brother, Filipe, who played for Saracens and is regarded as a major motivator by his younger brother(s). Will reckons New Zealand All Blacks star, Julian Savea, his favorite international player and one after whom he models his style of play – evidenced by Fifita’s powerfully swift and ghostly bursts to space through the center line, aided and abetted by his well-placed, savvy flipper.

Will sees his younger brothers, Dieon and Steve, as his most valuable teammates; at 20% of the starting XV, Team Fifita makes up a significant part of the Saracens tightly-run offensive pattern. Post-high school, Will intends to enter

college, though he has not committed to a school yet and he’s keeping options open as he considers a number of universities and their offers. His short term goal is to, “Get fit and exposed for college scholarships” while long term, he’s targeting, “becoming a USA Eagles player.” Wherever the U20 outside center eventually winds up, we can expect to hear much more from him in the near future as his rugby prowess and purpose grows.

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