For Immediate Release
July 13, 2011
ALL-AMERICANS GEAR UP FOR SECOND MATCH OF NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES SERIES
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After defeating the New Zealand Universities 60-17 in the first of a three-match series last Saturday, the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans are set for the second encounter. The game kicks off at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California – Santa Barbara at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game will be webcast live on USA Rugby’s UStream channel.
All-Americans Head Coach, Alexander Magleby has made numerous changes to the forward pack, replacing entirely the front and second rows from the first game. Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley) moves from the flank to eight man and Garrett Lambert (Life University) will start at openside flanker. Lambert's Life teammate and USA international, Cam Dolan, will look to make an impact on the blindside.
The backline has fewer changes with Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona), following a three-try performance in the series opener, sliding to fullback in place of Blaine Scully (University of California – Berkeley). Life University’s Kyle Grossheider will start on the wing.
Magleby was pleased with the team’s performance on Saturday, but knows that the All-Americans can’t afford to sit on their laurels in the second match.
“We have been getting better, but the time for improvement is quickly running out on this tour. We have targeted a few areas we feel we can control and improve in a short amount of time and the players have done a great job taking them on board in the last couple of days,” Magleby said.
The coach also acknowledged that that the traveling New Zealand team shouldn’t be taken lightly, and will be looking to exact revenge on the hosts.
“There will be plenty of work to do against a quality, skilled, and wounded opponent. That’s an enormously exciting challenge.”
The match will be webcast live on www.ustream.tv/usarugby. Follow the All-Americans on Twitter (@aarugby) for real time match updates.
Men’s Collegiate All-Americans
15 Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona)
14 Kyle Grossheider (Life University)
13 Duncan Kelm (San Diego State)
12 Gareth Jones (Temple University)
11 Dustin Muhn (University of California – Berkeley)
10 JP Eloff (Davenport University)
9 Chris Saint (Penn State)
1 Matt Crawford (St. Mary’s College of California)
2 Andrew Cooke (St. Mary’s College of California)
3 Ray Forrester (BYU)
4 Mark Bonham (BYU)
5 Nick Civetta (Notre Dame)
6 Cam Dolan (Life University)
7 Garrett Lambert (Life University)
8 Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley)
16 Nick Mostyn (University of Utah)
17 Mike Su’a (BYU)
18 Fenoglio, Zach (Loyola Marymount)
19 James Besser (University of California – Berkeley)
20 Chris Parker (Texas A&M)
21 Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth)
22 Dave Martini (University of California – Los Angeles)
23 Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont McKenna)
24 Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State)
25 Benji Goff (University of Tennessee)
2011 MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS v. NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES SUMMER TOUR
July 9: Little Q (Old Mission Bay Athletic Club) | 3 p.m.
July 13: Harder Stadium (UC- Santa Barbara) | 6:30 p.m.
July 16: Steuber Rugby Stadium (Stanford University) | 1 p.m.
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ABOUT THE ALL-AMERICAN TOURING SQUAD
The All-American Touring Squad is separate to USA Rugby’s previously named Collegiate All-American and Honorable Mention All-American list, which recognizes players outstanding on field form throughout the collegiate rugby season, playoffs, and all-star representative play. The All-American Touring Team is a specifically identified group of players who are believed to have the characteristics to develop into Senior National Team Players. The All-American Tour is meant to provide a development and competition component to develop those players toward full international honors.
In addition to recognizing outstanding rugby players, the All-American program is a development pathway to international honors. The program identifies and develops talent and character in order to prepare athletes for higher levels of rugby and life outside of the game. Beginning with the High School All-Americans, a player may progress to the U20-Junior All-Americans, and finally reach the pinnacle of the All-American program and become a Collegiate All-American.
All-American rugby has been in existence for more than a century in the United States. The original Collegiate All-American team, originally titled an “American Universities” team, traveled to New Zealand and Australia in 1910, marking the first ever American rugby tour. The All-American crest, adorned with 13 stars and stripes is the same one those athletes wore on the inaugural All-American tour and the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, a nod to America’s rugby and national heritage.
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