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Name: Alejandro “Gonzo” Gonzalez

Year: Freshman

Position: Prop

Hometown: Temecula

High School: Great Oak

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: My first match against UNLV

Favorite Post-Game Meal: A Quality Sandwich

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Anything Rap

If I were an animal, I would be: Probably a slow one…

 

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Name: Joseph Krassenstein

Year: Graduate Student

Position: Center

Hometown: Shanghai, China

High School: Shanghai American School

Masters: Public Diplomacy

Club: Shanghai Rugby Football Club/ Santa Monica Rugby Club

Most Memorable Moment with USC Rugby: Seeing the Growth of the USC Rugby program

Favorite Rugby Player: Sonny Bill Williams 

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Ramen

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Meek Mill, Ice Cube, Notorious BIG, or anything that goes hard.

If I were an animal, I would be: A Monkey

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: A Fishing Pole, Speakers, and a Surf Board

Celebrity Crush: Shay Mitchell

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Name: Jonathan So

Year: Senior

Position: Lock

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

High School: St. Georges

Major: Business 

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: High School tour to Australia and New Zealand

Favorite Rugby Player: Bakkies Botha

Favorite Post-Game Meal: My Opponent’s Tears

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Tsunami – DVBBS

If I were an animal, I would be: A Velociraptor

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: A Yacht, a Satellite Phone, and Live Chickens

Celebrity Crush: Margot Robbie

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Name: Mitch Suzuki

Year: Sophomore

Position: Wing

Hometown: Summit, New Jersey

High School: The Pingry School

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Most Memorable Moment Watching Rugby: When Japan beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup.

Favorite Rugby Player: Nick Cummins

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Core Power

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Taylor Swift

If I were an animal, I would be: A Dinosaur

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: A Machete, fire, and a fishing rod.

Celebrity Crush: Silje Norendal

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Name: Marco Scavuzzo

Year: Junior

Position: Lock

Hometown: La Jolla, California

High School: La Jolla Country Day

Major: Sociology

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: Watching the Rugby World Cup Finals with the University of Sydney Rugby Team

Favorite Rugby Player: Bakkies Botha 

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Roscoes

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Dr. Dre and Chief Keef

If I were an animal, I would be: A West Nile Crocodile

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: The Bible, a Rugby Ball, and a Fishing Pole

Celebrity Crush: Sofia Vergara

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Name: Cody Po’okela

Year: Senior

Position: Hooker

Hometown: Mililani, HI

High School:Kamehameha Schools

Major: Philosophy, Politics and Law

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: Tackling Loa

Favorite Rugby Player: Richie McCaw

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Laulau and Poi

Favorite Pre-Game Music:Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu

If I were an animal, I would be: A Turtle 

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: An Airplane, beer, and cigarettes.

Celebrity Crush: Grace Park

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Name: Guido Scassellati

Year: Junior

Position: Scrum Half

Hometown: Rome, Italy

High School: Lycee Chateaubriand

Club: Unione Rugby Capitolina

Major: Business with emphasis on Public Relations 

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: Most memorable game played is winning the Italian National Under 16 title. Favorite game I have been too was when Italy beat France 22-21 in Rome, 2011, in the 6 Nations.

Favorite Rugby Player: Mike Phillips 

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Core Power!

Favorite Pre-Game Music: I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles

If I were an animal, I would be: A Honey Badger

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: A Rugby Ball, a Chicken, and a Cow

Celebrity Crush: Gigi Hadid

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Name: Austin Giles

Year: Junior

Position: Fullback

Hometown: Fort McMurray, Canada

High School: Brentwood College

Major: Business

Most Memorable Moment Playing Rugby: Winning the BC Provincial Championship in 2012

Favorite Rugby Player: James O’Connor

Favorite Post-Game Meal: Copenhagen Wintergreen (long cut)

Favorite Pre-Game Music: Taylor Swift

If I were an animal, I would be: A chinchilla

Three items I would bring to a deserted island: A boat, a compass, and a salt water filter.

Celebrity Crush: Lindsay Lohan

By Adam Bushell

Our very own Joey Krassenstein returned from Santiago, Chile earlier this month after representing the USA in the Pan American Maccabi Games. The Maccabi Games is the third-largest sporting event in the world with over 78 countries participating. They take place every 4 years in Israel. On the offset 4 years, there are regional games such as the Pan-American Maccabi Games, European Maccabi Games, and others. 20 teams participated in this year’s games, with Argentina, Chile, the Prince of Whales Rugby Club (Chile), and USA comprising the rugby competition. Krassenstein had a wickedly successful tournament, winning gold and silver in rugby sevens and fifteens respectively, scoring a hat-trick against Chile in sevens. He played the entirety of every game, including a sevens thriller against Argentina that saw the US win by a mere conversion. 

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The USC center commented on his experience at the games, “It was an amazing opportunity being a part of a team that represents not only my religion but also my country. I got a chance to play rugby in a new country against opponents with very different playing styles, and got to enjoy socializing and exchanging with them afterwards.” He co-captained the sevens side and was the fifteen’s MVP in the backs.

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Krassenstein now returns to USC Rugby with new skills that will surely do USC great service in the upcoming Spring season.