Men’s Eagles await first ever matchup with Germany

Men’s National Team looks to close 2017 on high note in first of two test matches

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – 140 days’ time since last taking the pitch against Canada in their 2019 World Cup Qualifying victory, the Men’s Eagles have begun preparing for their first of two final test matches to close out 2017. First stop, Frankfurt for a clash with Germany that will be featured live on The Rugby Channel.

A collection of “firsts” highlight the initial match as USA v Germany will be the inaugural match of the Gary Gold era with USA Rugby. As Gold transitions from his current positon as Director of Rugby with the Worcester Warriors, he will remotely play an integral role in preparation with interim Head Coach, Dave Hewett, leading up to and on match day.

“I am really looking forward to working with the team for the upcoming tour to Germany and Georgia,” said Hewett, “Having the opportunity to lead the side in these Tests, as Interim Head Coach while working alongside a really positive and enthusiastic coaching and management group will be a privilege.”

Hewett fills the lead role after serving as forwards coach for the 2017 Men’s U20 World Cup champions, New Zealand. Hewett also had a tenure with, Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby, as forwards coach from 2011-2016.

Continuing on the first-ever theme, November 18th will mark the first time the United States and German National Rugby team have played one another. As part of a home-and-away series, the Eagles will play host on US soil in June.

Men’s USA Eagles | United States vs. Germany | November 18, 2017

Player Club Position
Nate Augspurger Old Blue New York Scrum-half
Marcel Brache Perth Spirit Center
Nate Brakeley New York Athletic Club Lock
Bryce Campbell  Glendale Rugby Center
Nick Civetta Newcastle Falcons Lock
Shaun Davies Glendale Rugby Scrum-half
Cam Dolan Old Blue New York No. 8
Andrew Durutalo Worcester Warriors Flanker
Jean-Pierre Eloff Chicago Lions Fullback
Eric Fry RC Vannes Prop
Hanco Germishuys Austin Elite Flanker
Olive Kilifi Seattle Saracens Prop
Tony Lamborn Hawke’s Bay Magpies Flanker
Ben Landry Glendale Rugby Lock
A.J. MacGinty Sale Sharks Fly-half
Will Magie Glendale Rugby Fly-half
Samu Manoa RC Toulon No. 8
Peter Malcolm Austin Elite Hooker
Ryan Matyas Old Blue New York Wing
Greg Peterson Glasgow Warriors Lock
John Quill Glendale Rugby Flanker
Paddy Ryan Highfield RFC Prop
Blaine Scully Cardiff Blues Fullback
David Tameilau RC Narbonne Lock
Joe Taufete’e Worcester Warriors Hooker
Mike Te’o Men’s USA Eagles Fullback
Dino Waldren London Scottish Prop
Josh Whippy Brigham Young University Wing

Men’s USA Eagles Staff | United States vs. Germany
Dave Hewett: Interim Head Coach/Set Piece
Greg McWilliams: Assistant Coach – Backs & Attack
David Williams: Assistant Coach – Defense
Shawn Pittman: Assistant Coach – Set Piece
Jon Hood: Strength and Conditioning
Chris Hanson: Team Manager
Jimmy Harrison: Analyst
Kevin Ng: Head ATC
Matt Lopez: Assistant ATC 
Dr. Mark Sakr: Team Doctor
Dave Hodges: Men’s Eagles General Manager

The Germans are .500 through six matches in 2017, a record that includes a loss to the Georgian Lelos and a win against No. 15 Romania, the latter being the highest-ranked team Germany has beaten in the modern era. The United States will also play Georgia only a week after in Tbilisi, on November 25th. 

Americas Pacific Challenge stand out Josh Whippy will have an opportunity for his first senior team cap as he travels with the squad to Frankfurt, Men’s National Team General Manager Dave Hodges saw promising potential in the Junior from BYU, “Josh is an exciting player, we saw an added attacking threat with the Selects in Uruguay,” noted Hodges, “Exposure with the senior Men’s team is going to be important to his development.”

Overall, the Men’s Eagles ride high in confidence on their way to Germany for the close of the calendar year. Catch the Men’s Eagles go head to head with Germany on The Rugby Channel, Saturday November 18, time TBD.