SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – All Americans Head Coach Alexander Magleby has named a much-changed side with an extended bench to face New Zealand Universities in the second of their three-game series – this one at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California – Santa Barbara at 6:30 pm Pacific on Wednesday.
The game will be webcast live on USA Rugby’s UStream channel.
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 No. 8 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), who had a fantastic 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 last Saturday, but knows that the All-Americans can’t afford to sit on its 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,” said Magleby.
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)
Nick Mostyn (University of Utah)
Mike Su’a (BYU)
Fenoglio, Zach (Loyola Marymount)
James Besser (University of California – Berkeley)
Chris Parker (Texas A&M)
Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth)
Dave Martini (University of California – Los Angeles)
Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont McKenna)
Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State)
Benji Goff (University of Tennessee)