For Immediate Release
July 9, 2011
ALL-AMERICANS WIN BIG IN NZ UNIVERSITIES OPENER
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-Americans won the opening match of a three-match series against the New Zealand Universities on Saturday with a final score of 60-17 at the Little Q in San Diego.
A concerted team effort and some individual brilliance from the All-Americans spurred the victory.
Three-time All-American and USA international, Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona), scored a hat trick in the encounter, continuing his stunning form coming off the recent College Premier Division (CPD) season and USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship Invitational last month.
Tiberio's instincts to find the tryline are fantastic and are only becoming more lethal with every game.
Loyola Marymount hooker, Zach Fenoglio, scored a brace of tries against the touring New Zealand side and his front row companions James Besser (University of California - Berkeley) and Andy Cooke (St. Mary's College of California) contributed a try apiece.
All-Americans Head Coach, Alex Magleby, also noted that the American loose forwards were outstanding.
The cohesive team effort from the All-Americans stemmed from a solid week of training together at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The team also trained at a local Navy base where they underwent intense physical training as a team unit, something All-American co-captain Blaine Scully credits with the rapid gelling of the side.
"Training with the Navy SEALS and going through that experience as a team really helped us come together. I think our win today came from great individual performances, but we were good as a team as well," Scully said.
Scully praised his teammates' efforts in the win and enjoyed playing with the student-athletes he faced all season in the CPD.
Magleby echoed Scully's sentiment that the team effort was outstanding, but the coach is also aware that the New Zealand team will be more acclimated to the California climate and will have recovered from their long trip.
"These guys just got off the plane and they came from the chilly and rainy New Zealand winter to the California summer. We know they will be adjusted next week and we aren't going to get complacent," said Magleby.
The All-Americans will face the New Zealand Universities twice more on July 13 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and on July 16 in Stanford, Calif.
Men's Collegiate All-Americans
15 Blaine Scully (University of California - Berkeley)
14 Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona)
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 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)
16 Matt Crawford (St. Mary's College of California)
17 Andy Cooke (St. Mary's College of California)
18 Ray Forrester (BYU)
19 Mark Bonham (BYU)
20 Cam Dolan (Life University)
21 Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State)
22 Kyle Grossheider (Life University)
23 Benji Goff (University of Tennessee)
Tries: Tiberio (3), Fenoglio (2), Besser, Jones, Muhn, Grossheider, Cooke Conversions: Eloff (5)
2011 MEN'S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS v. NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES SUMMER TOUR
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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ABOUT THE ALL-AMERICAN TOURING SQUAD
The All-American Touring Squad is separate to USA Rugby's previously named Collegiate All-American and Honorable Mention All-American list, which recognizes players outstanding on field form throughout the collegiate rugby season, playoffs, and all-star representative play. The All-American Touring Team is a specifically identified group of players who are believed to have the characteristics to develop into Senior National Team Players. The All-American Tour is meant to provide a development and competition component to develop those players toward full international honors.
In addition to recognizing outstanding rugby players, the All-American program is a development pathway to international honors. The program identifies and develops talent and character in order to prepare athletes for higher levels of rugby and life outside of the game. Beginning with the High School All-Americans, a player may progress to the U20-Junior All-Americans, and finally reach the pinnacle of the All-American program and become a Collegiate All-American.
All-American rugby has been in existence for more than a century in the United States. The original Collegiate All-American team, originally titled an "American Universities" team, traveled to New Zealand and Australia in 1910, marking the first ever American rugby tour. The All-American crest, adorned with 13 stars and stripes is the same one those athletes wore on the inaugural All-American tour and the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, a nod to America's rugby and national heritage.
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