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The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans will embark on a demanding four-game tour of Argentina from July 13 to July 28 thanks to the sponsorship of Aircraft Charter Solutions.
Following on from the 2012 tour where the HSAAs went 3-2 against Chile, Uruguay and Argentina, the HSAAs have taken on a more challenging schedule with two opening games against Cordoba, the best regional academy in Argentina, July 18 and 21. Those games will be followed by a double-header test series against Argentina u18s July 24 and 27 in Rio Cuarto.
The HSAA roster includes the best young players in the country: 13 seniors, 12 juniors and four sophomores. Eighteen members of the squad are HSAA returners and five played against Argentina last July in the 52-3 loss.
“The theme for the tour is to narrow the gap between the Pumas and us,” Head Coach Salty Thompson said. “Our boys are outstanding domestic high school players but they’re unaccustomed to the pace and pressure against a tier one nation. Exposure to this level of rugby will challenge our squad to step up and test themselves early in their careers.”
Potentially this is the best HSAA team in recent years. There is a mix of experience and new talent. Titi Lamositele, a senior prop, has played in South Africa, England, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina leading up to his final HSAA tour. He has already been in camp with the Eagles this year.
Zachary Webber and Calvin Whiting have become an experienced pairing for the HSAAs in 15s and sevens. Webber will attend Brigham Young University after his mission while Whiting is still a junior. Michael Reid and Ben Cima partnered at 9 and 10 as u17s last year then played on the South American tour as sophomores. Reid left school in Virginia to attend New Plymouth High School and train at Taranaki Academy in New Zealand while Cima has started with Gonzaga since his freshman year.
Among the new players, Justin Allen, Siaosi Mahoni and Andrew Naylor bring a new dimension at lock, where it is more common to find six-foot-three high school second rows……. Ful story CLICK HERE