All-Americans Target Sweep of NZ Unis

For Immediate Release


July 16, 2011



STANFORD, Calif. - The USA Men's Collegiate All-Americans will try to complete a sweep of the New Zealand Universities in the third and final match of their three-match July series.  The game will kickoff at Steuber Rugby Stadium on the campus of Stanford University at 1 p.m. PT.


After winning the first two games, the All-Americans are targeting a sweep and they know it won't come easy.


"We expect another physical, competitive match with New Zealand.  Our goal has been to be playing our best rugby by the end of match three.  That's a tough task, to constantly get better...It'll be interesting to see how much fight we put forth in this regard.  We are looking forward to it," said Alexander Magleby, the All-Americans head coach.


The front and back rows are the same that were named in the series opener last Saturday, but they were largely rested in the midweek victory Wednesday.  Mike Su'a (BYU), Zach Fenoglio (Loyola Marymount) and James Besser (University of California - Berkeley) more than held their own in the opener both in scrums and in open play.


The engine room consists of Texas A&M's Chris Parker and Darmouth lock, Nate Brakeley.


Ryan Roundy (BYU) has been named captain of the side and resumes his place at eight man.  He has a strong supporting cast of loose forwards in the form of Derek Asbun (University of California - Berkeley) and Garrett Lambert (Life University). The unit of loose forwards is versatile and very physical on both sides of the ball.  New Zealand should be concerned if they see any of these three loose forwards lurking around the breakdown.


The halfback pairing of Chris Saint (Penn State) and JP Eloff (Davenport University) has been very efficient and have played very well together.  Eloff's well-trained boot contributed 11 points to the 21-11 midweek victory.


The dynamic Cal and Xavier H.S.(New York) product Seamus Kelly gets his first selection of the series, playing outside of Gareth Jones (Temple University) in the centers.


Duncan Kelm (San Diego State) moves from center to fullback and Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona) starts on the right wing with Kyle Grossheider (Life University) covering the other side of the field.


The reserves are yet to be named as those selections will be made closer to kickoff and will be listed in the post game report.  


The game will be webcast on a delayed basis and will appear on USA Rugby's UStream channel next week.  For live match updates, follow the All-Americans on Twitter (@aarugby).



15 Duncan Kelm (San Diego State)

14 Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona, co-captain)

13 Seamus Kelly (University of California - Berkeley)

12 Gareth Jones (Temple University)

11 Kyle Grossheider (Life University)

10 JP Eloff (Davenport University)

9 Chris Saint (Penn State)

1 Mike Su'a (BYU)

2 Zach Fenoglio (Loyola Marymount)

3 James Besser (University of California - Berkeley)

4 Chris Parker (Texas A&M)

5 Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth)

6 Garrett Lambert (Life University)

7 Derek Asbun (University of California - Berkeley)

8) Ryan Roundy (BYU)
July 9: Little Q (Old Mission Bay Athletic Club) | 3 p.m.
July 13: Harder Stadium (UC- Santa Barbara) | 6:30 p.m.
July 16: Steuber Rugby Stadium (Stanford University) | 1 p.m.


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