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Boys High School All American Announcement

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Boys High School All American Announcement

HSAA Head Coach Salty Thompson will be looking for other opportunities for his players, just not a tour. David Barpal photo.

Robin Reid, who owns Aircraft Charter Solutions, which is a sponsor of Goff Rugby Report and also of the High School All Americans, has released a statement about the High School All Americans 2015 season:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that the planned High School All American Tour to Argentina has been cancelled for this year due to lack of funding.  We had built up our relationship with the Argentineans starting from an initial 1 game as part of a 3 nation tour in 2012 to a regular item on the HSAA calendar, now in the form of a Quad Nation Tournament in Argentina, and growing. In the first year the Argentineans were understandably reluctant to play against us because we were an unknown quantity, but in the following years our friendships and their respect for us grew as we improved each year."

“With the changes in the markets within which ACS operates we knew last year that we would not be able to fund the full HSAA budget in 2015 and we set the wheels in motion to find additional sources to make up the shortfall. Unfortunately those plans did not work out for a number of reasons, leaving us no alternative but to cancel the tour” said Robin Reid of ACS the primary sponsor of the HSAA."

HS All American Head Coach Salty Thompson also commented on this development:

“Since we started developing the HSAAs under the current sponsorship we have seen huge growth and development in the players in the HSAA pool, with several of them like Titi Lamotsitele, Michael Reid, Ben Cima, Calvin Whiting and Hanco Germishuis, to name just a few, now playing their rugby either on the international stage or for the Eagles.  In addition to the development in the standard of our teams and players we have seen huge growth in professionalism and character.  So we are really very disappointed by this because we have some really very promising new talent coming through this year (and next) and are looking forward to watching them grow as individuals and as a group.  We are already looking at creating other opportunities for this player pool, including possibly getting back into this competition next year, probably in a different format, as well as  a proposed international age grade competition here in the US either next year or the year after that which is already in the planning stages.”