Friday, August 5, 2016

College All-Americans Announce Starters For Tour Opener

The College All-Americans have picked their side for the tour of Australia opener against Darling Downs. The team is loaded with players that have played at the Junior All-American level. Aladdin Schirmer will lead the team out and he'll be joined by Vili Helu and West Hartmann in the back-row. Malong Al-Jiboori and Matt Jensen are the locks. Mason Pedersen, the only player with PRO Rugby experience in the line-up, will be one of the props along with Chance Wenglewski. Chad Gough will be the hooker.

Cal's Nick Boyer will get the nod at scrumhalf while former Junior All-American Conor Kearns, who normally plays fullback with Trinity in Ireland, will be the fly-half. Deion Mikesell and Vetekina Malafu are the wings. BYU's Tua Laei will bring a lot of energy from the fullback spot. Cody Melphy and Bryce Campbell are the centers.

Tomorrow's match from Toowoomba will not be aired on television or streamed. Roster:

Forwards: Chance Wenglewski, Chad Gough, Mason Pedersen, Malong Al-Jiboori, Matt Jensen, Wes Hartmann, Aladdin Schirmer, Vili Helu

Backs: Nick Boyer, Conor Kearns, Deion Mikesell, Cody Melphy,  Bryce Campell, Vetekina Malafu, Tui Laei

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