Update: Kiwis beat All Americans 23-20.
Game 3 kicks off live from Stanford University 1pm pst and 8am NZST.
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STANFORD, Calif. – The USA Men’s Collegiate All-Americans will take the field against the New Zealand Universities for the third and final match of their July tour. After winning the first two games, the All-Americans are targeting a sweep of the touring squad but 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 row is the same that was named in the series opener last Saturday, but they were largely rested in the midweek victory. The starting second row is changed entirely from the midweek game as well.
Ryan Roundy (BYU) has been named captain of the side and resumes his place at eight man. He has a strong supporting cast in the loose forwards in the form of Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley) and Garrett Lambert (Life University). Lambert and Asbun both started in the last game.
The halfback pairing of Chris Saint (Penn State) and JP Eloff (Davenport University) has been very efficient and those two have played every minute of every game of the series so far.
Seamus Kelly (University of California – Berkeley) gets his first playing time of the series playing outside of Gareth Jones (Temple University) in the centers.
Duncan Kelm (San Diego State) moves from center to fullback, Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona) starts at wing as does Kyle Grossheider (Life University).
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, captain)
RESERVES TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY