USA HSAAs Match Preview

USA HSAAs Match Preview

Santiago, CHILE -- The USA High School All-Americans (HSAAs) have made 10 changes to the starting line-up for game two against Chile. The teams will square off today in the capital city of Santiago.

 

Following a 24-17 win on Sunday, the HSAAs are using the 32 man squad to the full. The bench is also a new line-up with seven players that didn't feature in game one.

 

Oliver Drew and Joe Whalen are the returning starters at lock. Drew led the team in tackles and Whalen wasn't far behind. Their work rate in defense was outstanding and Whalen (Gonzaga senior) will captain the side. "I've been very impressed with the leadership in the squad. We've created a leadership group and Joe is one of a core group that will captain the team on tour." said Head Coach Salty Thompson.

 

The front row shows a promising pair of props in Solomone Anitema (Maui Rugby) and junior Inoke Raikadroka (South Bay Youth Rugby Spartans). Andrew Iscaro (Gonzaga) will be the starting hooker backed by Codi Jones (Oceanside Hurricanes) on the bench.

 

The back row starts Zach Bonte (Back Bay) at six, who begins UCLA in the fall along with juniors Nick Gadbaw (Camas, Washington) and Brad Luvender (Katy, Texas).  The starting forwards will be an even split between seniors and juniors.

 

Michael Reid (Warrenton) and Ben Cima (Gonzaga) make up the 9-10 pairing. Both are talented sophomores supported by another 10th grader in United's Calvin Whiting. These young men have the skills, game understanding and commitment to really excel over the next few years.

 

Zach Webber (United, Utah) and Joe Kelly (Greenwich HS) made up the center pairing while Brad Shaw (Columbus) makes his tour debut on the wing. Nuu Aiava, (Keauka'a Sharks) who scored two tries against Chile on Sunday, returns to the right wing along with Anthony Salaber (Dixon) at full-back. Salaber had some outstanding counter attacking runs in game one while Nuu is a gifted finisher.

 

The HSAAs and staff were invited to the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Alejandro D. Wolff on Tuesday morning. Ambassador Wolff gave the team a warm welcome and will supports the team at Wednesday's 3pm game

 

#

Last Name

First 

2012 HS Class

Rugby Club

1

Anitema

Solomone

Senior

Maui Rugby

2

Iscaro

Andrew

Senior

Gonzaga 

3

Raikadroka

Inoke

Junior

South Bay Youth Rugby Spartans

4

Whalen

Joe

Senior

Gonzaga

5

Drew

Oliver

Junior

Bryanston School, Salisbury 

6

Bonte

Zach

Senior

Back Bay Rugby

7

Gadbaw

Nick

Junior

Camas

8

Luvender

Bradley

Junior

Katy Barbarians

9

Reid

Michael

Sophomore

Warrenton Wolfpack

10

Cima

Benjamin

Sophomore

Gonzaga 

11

Shaw

Bradley

Junior

Columbus

12

Webber

Zach

Junior

United Rugby

13

Kelly

Joseph

Junior

Greenwich HS

14

Aiava

Nuulaiti

Senior

Keauka'a Sharks

15

Salaber

Anthony 

Senior

Dixon Rugby

16

Kinney

Levi

Senior

Cathedral Royal Irish

17

Jones

Codi

Senior

Oceanside Hurricanes

18

Fifita

Kelepi

Sophomore

Tempe Youth Rugby

19

Harr

Stuart

Junior

Chapin Eagles

20

Salvalaggio

Matteo

Junior

Latymer Upper School

21

Chinen

Isaiah

Senior

Kona Bulls

22

Whiting

Calvin

Sophomore

United Rugby

23

Maggs

Billy

Junior

San Diego Mustangs

 

Fisiiahi

Fitou

Sophomore

Titans Rugby Club

 

Lamositele

Titi

Junior

Chuckanut Bay

 

Mander

Jesse

Sophomore

London Wasps

 

Norris

Tyler

Junior

Katy Barbarians

 

Paogofie

Tama

Senior

 Kona Bulls

 

Peri

Sam

Senior

Lamorinda

 

Sandoval

Andy

Junior

Los Angles Cougars

 

Toluta'u

Vili Kihe

Senior

Mana O Maui Rugby

 

Wood

Greg

Senior

Cathedral Royal Irish

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