By Adam Bushell, Public Relations Chair
USC Rugby would like to congratulate Corbin Bennett as Team Captain and Guido Scassellati as Backs Captain for the immediate future. Bennett, a returning starter for the program will also be the team’s Forwards Captain.
Bennett will be assuming the responsibilities for the role after long standing captain Joseph Krassenstein decided it was in the team’s best interest to hand the reigns down to the next generation of Trojan Ruggers. Krassenstein, now a graduate student, will however continue to play for USC during the spring season.
Bennett possesses natural leadership characteristics and although this is only his second year playing the game, he has proven to be an incredibly quick learner. Rugby does run deep in the Bennett lineage however as his father, Tom Bennet, also played for USC (Class of ’87). Corbin Bennett however focused on baseball as his sport of choice and played at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon for two years before arriving at USC. After realizing his desire for contact sports and oddly shaped balls, he decided to give rugby a try and has excelled at it ever since.
“As coaches we chose Corbin because he has strong potential to lead the team and the quality of work he has put into this team is amazing. He gets respect from all the players on the team and will lead by example,” commented Head Coach Loa Milford.
Bennett will also have the resources of Guido Scassellati, a third-year starter from Rome, Italy who is no newcomer to the game. Scassellati, the team’s scrum-half, has had a long development experience with Unione Rugby Capitolina in Rome and has proved that he is very capable in his knowledge of the game.
“We’ve given Guido the responsibility as assistant captain as he’s proven to be responsible and resourceful in the game of rugby. Especially at scrum-half where he’ll have to talk a lot throughout the game, the captaincy gives Guido a greater say in the team’s on-field and off-field decisions,” said Coach Milford.
USC is currently undefeated in the XV’s preseason after defeating UNLV, UCSB, Pepperdine, CSUN, and the Alumni. The Trojans finish the preseason against crosstown rivals, UCLA, on December 5th in Westwood.