The Boys High School All-Americans (HSAAs) takes on Glenwood High School in the second game of their four-match South African tour on Saturday at 15.15.
The HSAAs consist of 30 of the best American High School players, selected on the basis of their performances in domestic US rugby competitions. The goal of the programme, which incorporates this tour, is to improve skills and prepare players for the next level with the hope that some players will eventually go on to represent the USA at senior level.
Glenwood should prove to be the Americans’ most difficult opponents on African soil. Although the home team are resting a number of key players, they still have a useful starting line-up which includes the likes of SA Academy scrumhalf Mkhabela, Craven Week prop Worral-Clare and a formidable No.8 in the shape of the fit again Wayne Dalton.
The HSAAs opening game was against a KwaZulu Natal development team. From Durban, the team will travel to Cape Town to face Tygerberg Rugby Club and end their tour with a match against Durbanville High School.
The HSAA squad: Michael Bush (Sacramento Jesuit High School), Jeffrey Calzaretta (Marin Highlanders), Christian Castro (Davis Rugby), Joseph Corrado (Xavier High School), Pierce Dargan (Blackrock College, Dublin), Cameron Falcon (Shaw Eagle Rugby), Henry Hall (St George’s School), Brendan Hardiman (Marin Highlanders), Richard Korvick (Kansas City Junior Blues), Titi Lamositele (Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club), Peyton Lauber (Southside Under-19 Rugby Club), Christian Ostberg (Stony Point High School), Andy Sandoval (Los Angeles Cougars), Blake Simons (De La Salle Rugby Club), Colin Snyder (Rugby Indiana), Seteone Vaitafa (Red Mountain Youth Rugby), Ekapatelisio Veamatahau (San Mateo Warriors),Sione Aisea (Rugby Oregon), Taryn Allbritton (Alliance RFC), Gavin Brown (North Central HS), Matthew Chipman (Jesuit Rugby), Charlie Hutchings (Tampa Barbarians), Saaitua Laei (Lowland Varsity), Sione Letoi (Tempe Under-19 Rugby Club), Zachary Miller (Raiders Rugby), Jesse Milne (PITS Rugby), George Naufahu-Talakai (San Mateo Warriors), Michael Reid (Warrenton Wolfpack), Sakalia Alofagia (East Palo Alto Razorbacks), Alexander Taefu (Tempe Under-19 Rugby Club)
The Glenwood team: 15 Lwandile Nthlangulela 14 Xolani Ngeleka 13 Dylan Coulson 12 Craig Geldenhuys 11 Sphamandla Ngcobo 10 Unathi Makasi 9 Mtokosisi Mkhabela 8 Wayne Dalton 7 Jaques Meintjies 6 Brian Potgieter (c) 5 Sihle Ngxabi 4 Bradley Mcneill 3 Thabiso Zondi 2 Devon Osbourne 1 Matthew Worral-Clare
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