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USA High School All Americans Head Coach Salty Thompson has selected his side to face Chile's U19s in Santiago Wednesday afternoon.

Kickoff is 3pm local time, 3pm ET, Noon PT.

Five starters from Sunday's game return to the 1st 15 - locks Joe Whalen and Oliver Drew, scrumhalf Michael Reid, wing Nuulaiti Aiava, and fullback Anthony Salaber.

The rest of the players are new starters, as Thompson attempts to get as many players as possible playing time earlier in the tour. The remaining six players who have not seen action yet are all on the subs bench and are expected to get some time.



Lock Drew led the team in tackles and his partner in the 2nd row, Whalen, wasn't far behind. Their work rate in defense was outstanding and Whalen (Gonzaga senior) will captain the side. "I've been very impressed with the leadership in the squad. We've created a leadership group and Joe is one of a core group that will captain the team on tour," said Thompson.

The front row shows a promising pair of props in Solomone Anitema (Maui Rugby) and junior Inoke Raikadroka (South Bay Youth Rugby Spartans). Andrew Iscaro (Gonzaga) takes the hooker starting position backed by Codi Jones (Oceanside Hurricanes) on the bench.

The back row starters are Zach Bonte (Back Bay) at 6, who begins UCLA in the fall, along with juniors Nick Gadbaw (Camas, Washington) and Brad Luvender (Katy, Texas).  In the starting forwards its an even split between seniors and juniors.

Michael Reid (Warrenton) and Ben Cima (Gonzaga) make up the 9-10 pairing. Both are talented sophomores supported by another 10th grader in United's Calvin Whiting. These young men have the skills, game understanding and commitment to really excel over the next few years.

Zach Webber (United, Utah) and Joe Kelly (Greenwich HS) make up the center pairing while Brad Shaw (Columbus) makes his tour debut on the wing. Nuu Aiava, (Keauka'a Sharks) who scored two tries against Chile on Sunday returns to the right wing along with Anthony Salaber (Dixon) at full-back. Salaber had some outstanding counter attacking runs in game one while Nuu is a gifted finisher.

The HSAA players and staff were invited to the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Alejandro D. Wolff on Tuesday morning. Ambassador Wolff gave the team a warm welcome and will support the team at Wednesday's game


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Last Name

First

2012 HS Class

Rugby Club

1

Anitema

Solomone

Senior

Maui Rugby

2

Iscaro

Andrew

Senior

Gonzaga

3

Raikadroka

Inoke

Junior

South Bay Youth Rugby Spartans

4

Whalen

Joe

Senior

Gonzaga

5

Drew

Oliver

Junior

Bryanston School, Salisbury

6

Bonte

Zach

Senior

Back Bay Rugby

7

Gadbaw

Nick

Junior

Camas

8

Luvender

Bradley

Junior

Katy Barbarians

9

Reid

Michael

Sophomore

Warrenton Wolfpack

10

Cima

Benjamin

Sophomore

Gonzaga

11

Shaw

Bradley

Junior

Columbus

12

Webber

Zach

Junior

United Rugby

13

Kelly

Joseph

Junior

Greenwich HS

14

Aiava

Nuulaiti

Senior

Keauka'a Sharks

15

Salaber

Anthony

Senior

Dixon Rugby

16

Kinney

Levi

Senior

Cathedral Royal Irish

17

Jones

Codi

Senior

Oceanside Hurricanes

18

Fifita

Kelepi

Sophomore

Tempe Youth Rugby

19

Harr

Stuart

Junior

Chapin Eagles

20

Salvalaggio

Matteo

Junior

Latymer Upper School

21

Chinen

Isaiah

Senior

Kona Bulls

22

Whiting

Calvin

Sophomore

United Rugby

23

Maggs

Billy

Junior

San Diego Mustangs


Fisiiahi

Fitou

Sophomore

Titans Rugby Club


Lamositele

Titi

Junior

Chuckanut Bay


Mander

Jesse

Sophomore

London Wasps


Norris

Tyler

Junior

Katy Barbarians


Paogofie

Tama

Senior

Kona Bulls


Peri

Sam

Senior

Lamorinda


Sandoval

Andy

Junior

Los Angles Cougars


Toluta'u

Vili Kihe

Senior

Mana O Maui Rugby


Wood

Greg

Senior

Cathedral Royal Irish