Three members of the BYU rugby team are heading to South Africa after being named to the USA Collegiate All-Americans Rugby squad.
Back Dylan Lubbe and Forwards Steve St. Pierre and Mike Su'a will be taking on the South Africa Varsity Cup Students in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on August 1.
The Varsity Cup Students team is an all-star side that hails from the top eight university teams in South Africa, which include the vaunted University of Stellenbosch Maties and the University of Cape Town Ikey Tigers—two university teams that have produced numerous Springboks throughout their histories.
The Collegiate All-Americans will then take on the Argentina Jaguars on August 5 in Stellenbosch, before moving to the University of Cape Town to take on the Western Province Students on Saturday, August 8. The team will then depart Cape Town later that night after taking in the Tri-Nations match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium.
Many of the players from the SA Varsity Cup Students and the Argentina Jaguars are in each of their respective countries’ national team pipelines and will likely be pushing for international representative honors in the coming months and years ahead.
“This will be a tough tour, but it will be a quality experience for our All-Americans,” Magleby said. “Many of the players will return to the U.S. collegiate and club ranks with the challenges of this opportunity met; and with the next Rugby World Cup on the horizon, it’s a worth-while endeavor to expose these athletes to the benefits of international play.”
Four other BYU players were considered for the team, but were unavailable due to injury or schedule conflicts.