Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 27 July 2012 20:49    PDF Print Write e-mail
HS All Americans Pick for Final Tour Match
National Teams - Age-Grade Men

USA High School All American Head Coach Salty Thompson has selected his lineup top face the Argentina U18s in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

P. Crane photoGonzaga’s Joe Whalen will captain a team that includes five seniors, seven juniors, and three sophomores. The 23-man roster is entirely U18 except replacement back Greg Wood (Cathedral Royal Irish, Indianapolis) who turns 19 on August 1. 

The front row includes Titi Lamositele, a junior from  Chuckanut, Wash. at loosehead, Andrew Iscaro (Gonzaga, Md.) at hooker, and Tyler Norris (Katy, Texas) at tighthead. The replacement front row players are Kelepi Fifita (Tempe, Az.) Codi Jones (Oceanside Hurricanes, Calif.), and Inoke Raikadroka (South Bay Youth Rugby Spartans).

Whalen starts at lock along with Oliver Drew of Bryanston School and Salisbury in England. Sam Peri (Lamorinda, Calif.) is on the bench covering lock and back row. The back row sees Matteo Salvalaggio (Latymer Upper School, London) at blindside, Vili Toluta'u (Mana O Maui, Hawaii) at openside flanker and Texan Brad Luvender (Katy) at No. 8.  Zach Bonte (Back Bay, Calif.) will be a back row replacement.

Michael Reid (Warrenton, Va.) starts at scrumhalf alongside Ben Cima (Gonzaga) at flyhalf. Both have two years of high school left and make a promising combination for the future.

Zach Webber and Calvin Whiting, teammates for United Club in Utah, start at center while Brad Shaw (Columbus, Ind.) and Nuulaiti Aiava (Keauka'a Sharks, Hawaii) are at left and right wings, respectively. Anthony Salaber (Dixon, Calif.) is at fullback, making his 4th start of the tour.

Replacement backs are Joe Kelly (Greenwich, Conn. HS), Jesse Mander (St Paul’s School and Wasps, London) and Greg Wood (Cathedral, Indianapolis).

The remaining squad players not on the roster include Hawaiians Tama Paogofie (Kona Bulls) and Solomone Anitema (Maui Rugby) along with Levi Kinney (Cathedral). The tour has taken its toll through injuries. Fitou Fisiiahi (Titans, Hawaii) is out with a broken foot. Isaiah Chinen (Kona Bulls) needed stitches in his face. Stuart Harr (Chapin Eagles, SC) broke his collarbone. Billy Maggs (San Diego Mustangs) picked up a quadricep contusion, and Nick Gadbaw (Camas, Wash.) is recovering from illness.

ASC Tours

"Playing a Tier 1 nation such as Argentina is an exciting opportunity to test ourselves," said Thompson. “The Argentina age grades at U18 and U20 levels dominate South American rugby and their U20s finished 4th, beating Australia, France, and Scotland, in June's World Junior Championships.”

The HSAA team is 3-1 on their five-match South American tour, having scored 105 points and given up 71.

Scores on tour so far:
HSAA 24 Chile U19s 17
HSAA 43 Chile U19s 15
HSAA 15 Uruguay U19s 17 
HSAA 23 Uruguay U19s 22

USA High School All Americans lineup to face Argentina U18s Saturday, July 28
. Titi Lamositele
2. Andrew Iscaro
3. Tyler Norris
4. Sean Whalen
5. Oliver Drew
6. Matteo Salvalaggio
7. Vili Toluta’u
8. Brad Luvender
9. Michael Reid
10. Ben Cima
11. Brad Shaw

12. Zach Webber
13. Calvin Whiting
14. Nuulaiti Aiava
15. Anthony Salaber

16. Kelepi Fifita
17. Codi Jones
18. Inoke Raikadroka
19. Sam Peri
20. Zach Bonte
21. Joe Kelly
22. Jesse Mander
23. Greg Wood