HSAA roster announced for first match of South American Tour

HSAA roster announced for first match of South American Tour

The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans open their Argentina tour against Cordoba Academy at the Jockey Club's outstanding rugby facilities Thursday evening with a 7:00 P.M local time kick-off. Argentina is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time.

Argentina have developed a regional academy system to better serve their age grade development and it s paying off with improved performances from the U18s through U20s. It is the pathway to the Pumas in sevens and 15s.

The HSAAs arrived Monday and have had five practices to prepare for this first of two games in Cordoba. Both teams are using 25-man rosters for the opener and also starting their U17s which, for the HSAAs, includes three sophomores born in 1997 - Steven Branham, (hooker from Fallbrook, in Calif.), Siaosi Mahoni (six-foot-seven lock from East Palo Alto) and wing Aaron Matthews from the Back Bay Sharks in Calif.

The HSAAS will start four seniors: Titi Lamositele (loose-head, from Chuckanut Bay, Wash.) Valdemar Lee-Lo (tight-head from Dixon H.S. and Dixon, Calif.) Malcolm May, (six, from St Ignatius, Chicago) and Zach Webber, ((full-back, from United Club in Orem, Utah).

Eight juniors make up the rest of the starting 15, including the half-back pairing of Michael Reid, (New Plymouth H.S. and Taranaki, New Zealand) and Ben Cima (fly-half from Gonzaga H.S. and Bethesda, Md.

"Tonight's game will set the bar for us after three days of practice,” Head Coach Salty Thompson said. “There are so many areas where our game can and will improve over the two-week tour but the emphasis will be on defense, possession, go-forward, continuity and tactically playing the game in the Cordoba end. A tall order against the best academy in Argentina who will pressure the HSAA defense.”

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | vs. Cordoba
1. Titi Lamositele
2. Steven Branham
3. Valdemar Lee-Lo
4. Siaosi Mahoni
5. Justin Allen
6. Malcolm May
7. Hanco Germishuys
8. Viliami Helu
9. Michael Reid
10. Benjamin Cima
11. Joeli Tikoisuva
12. Calvin Whiting (C)
13. Seth Halliman
14. Aaron Matthews
15. Zachary Webber

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Reserves
16. Jesus Arias
17. Suwaiter Poch, Jr.
18. John Marti
19. Andrew Naylor
20. Anthony Fotu
21. Reed Heynen
22. Gabriel Ruflin
23. Jimmy Ronan
24. James Wolfer
25. Christian Adams

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