Men’s Eagles name match-day 23 for test with Romania

Few changes made to the starting XV with three adjustments also reflected on the bench

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UPDATE 11/16 Will Magie replaced Will Hooley as a starter (injury); Tim Maupin added as a reserve 

BUCHAREST, ROU. – Men’s Eagles’ Head Coach Gary Gold has named his match-day 23 to face No. 16 Romania this Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 AM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

The starting lineup features a few changes with Marcel Brache jumping in at fullback and Captain Blaine Scully shifting to wing. John Quill recovers from injury as well, slotting in at flanker while Hanco Germishuys moves to the bench.

Moreover, the named reserves will see Nick Boyer and Gannon Moore take the place of Devereaux Ferris and Tim Maupin, respectively. After competing with the Men’s Selects for the Americas Pacific Challenge 2018, Boyer has the opportunity to earn his first cap as a reserve.

With Sean Davies still adhering to HIA protocol following the Eagles’ opening match against the Maori All Blacks, Ruben de Haas will once again take his place at scrum half. Davies continues to be evaluated each week with the hope of being available for selection against Ireland next week.

Still on an unbeaten run in test matches with a 9-1 overall record this year, the Men’s Eagles made history again when flyhalf Will Hooley’s penalty kick sealed the USA men’s first ever victory over Samoa last Saturday.

The win pushed the Samoans back to No. 17 in the World Rugby Rankings with Romania taking their place at No. 16. USA currently sits at No. 15, just .05 points shy of breaking the 14th place position held by Georgia.

“There is no doubt the Samoans gave us a good fight in every minute of our test last week,” said Head Coach Gary Gold. “While we are happy to have achieved the result we did, we know there are many factors of our performance that must be tightened up against Romania this week. The Romanian crowd will be incredibly vocal for their home side and that in and of itself will present an added factor for us to overcome this Saturday.”

The Men’s Eagles and Romania last met in November of 2016 where the Romanians prevailed 10-23. Despite the loss, the United States men still sit on the better side of a 3-2 overall record with the chance to increase that number on Saturday.

Where the Eagles claimed a historic win over Samoa last weekend, the Romanians achieved victory as well in a 36-6 defeat of Portugal.

Ready as ever, the U.S. Men’s National Team will kickoff against Romania at 7 AM ET this Saturday, LIVE on FloRugby.

U.S. Men’s National Team Starting Roster 

Player Position Club Caps
1. Titi Lamositele Prop Saracens (ENG) 24
2. Joe Taufete’e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 17
3. Paul Mullen Prop Unattached 4
4. Greg Peterson Lock Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 18
5. Nick CIvetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 16
6. John Quill Flanker Glendale Raptors 28
7. Tony Lamborn Flanker Rugby Southland (NZL) 17
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 38
9. Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 5
10. Will Hooley Flyhalf Bedford Blues (ENG) 5
11. Ryan Matyas Wing San Diego Legion 11
12. Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 7
13. Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 19
14. Blaine Scully Wing Cardiff Blues (WAL) 41
15. Marcel Brache Fullback Perth/Western Force (AUS) 10

U.S. Men’s National Team Reserves

Player Position Club Caps
16. Dylan Fawsitt Reserve Old Blue New York / Rugby United New York 5
17. David Ainuu Reserve Toulouse Rugby (FRA) 1
18. Dino Waldren Reserve London Scottish (ENG) 13
19. David Tameilau Reserve Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 10
20. Hanco Germishuys Reserve unattached 9
21. Nick Boyer* Reserve San Diego Legion 0
22. Will Magie Reserve Glendale Raptors 17
23. Gannon Moore Reserve North Harbour Rugby (NZL) 1

U.S. Men’s National Team Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach | Greg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Doctor | Richard Kim (Romania & Ireland)
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz (Samoa, Romania & Ireland)
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Kevin McCorry

U.S. Men’s National Team Schedule

vs Maori All Blacks | 22-59 (L)

vs Samoa | 30-29 (W)

vs Romania
Sat, Nov. 17 | 7 AM ET
Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, ROU

vs Ireland
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM ET
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE

*Times subject to change.