Men’s Eagles named for test match with Uruguay

USA enters fourth round of Americas Rugby Championship 2019 in second-place

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SEATTLE, WA. – The USA Men’s Eagles have named their match-day 23 to face Uruguay this Saturday (Mar 2) in the fourth round of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 at Starfire Sports. Kickoff is set for 10 PM Eastern Time, LIVE on FloRugby.

Head Coach Gary Gold has made five changes to the starting roster with hooker Joe Taufete’e back in to start and Tevita Tameilau suiting up at flanker. Taufete’e is only one try away from passing Keith Wood as the highest scoring front row forward in test match rugby history.

With Shaun Davies using this week to rest, Ruben de Haas will have an opportunity to start at scrum half. Marcel Brache will jump back into his position at wing and Will Hooley will fill a spot at fullback.

The named reserves will give newcomer Nick Boyer the opportunity to make his first ever Americas Rugby Championship appearance after earning his first cap last November. John Quill, Dylan Audsley and Gannon Moore will also be ready to energize the squad from the bench.

Saturday’s match-day 23 features 342 cumulative caps.

“We had a number of penalties which put us in a really compromising position against Brazil last week. Especially in the second half when the match almost got away from us,” said Head Coach Gary Gold. “Our performance in these next two games is absolutely crucial, not only from a competitive point-of-view, but also from a preparation point-of-view as consistency in execution is a key focus in a World Cup year. We’re in the home stretch now and look forward to closing out the ARC with our vibrant home fans in Seattle.”

The Men’s Eagles and Uruguay have faced each other 17 times with the United States on top of a 14-1-2 overall record. Uruguay are currently third in the ARC standings, own eight tournament points and will be anxious to rectify their 35-10 loss last week to Argentina XV. The USA will return from their second bonus point win this year in a tight 33-28 defeat of Brazil in Austin.

Like the Eagles, Uruguay have also qualified for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 making Saturday’s matchup an exciting and possible preview of what could come later this year.

With only two matchups remaining in the Americas Rugby Championship 2019, the United States have a significant task ahead. Consistency will be key as the squad continues its World Cup preparation on home soil.

Following Uruguay, the Men’s Eagles will close out the tournament against rival-Canada with a matchup also taking place at Starfire Sports in Seattle, WA. Tickets for both games are available at usarugby.org/tickets with a live stream available on FloRugby exclusively in the United States.

Men’s Eagles Starting Roster | vs Uruguay 

Player Position Club Caps
1. Chance Wenglewski Prop Lindenwood University 3
2. Joe Taufete’e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 20
3. Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 8
4. Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 17
5. Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 20
6. Tevita Tameilau Flanker Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 14
7. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 13
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 42
9. Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 9
10. Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 21
11. Marcel Brache Wing Western Force (AUS) 14
12. Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 11
13. Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 23
14. Blaine Scully (C) Wing Cardiff Blues (WAL) 44
15. Will Hooley Fullback Bedford Blues (ENG) 7

Men’s Eagles Reserves | vs Uruguay 

Player Position Club Caps
Kapeli Pifeleti Reserve San Diego Legion 1
David Ainuu Reserve Toulouse (FRA) 3
Dino Waldren Reserve London Scottish (ENG) 16
Ben Landry Reserve Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 15
John Quill Reserve Rugby United New York 30
Nick Boyer Reserve San Diego Legion 1
Dylan Audsley Reserve San Diego Legion 7
Gannon Moore Reserve Utah Warriors 3

USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Defense Coach | Jaque Fourie 
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule & Results

LIVE on FloRugby in the United States

vs Chile | 71-8 (W)

vs Argentina XV | 45-14 (L)

BYE WEEK

vs Brazil 33-28 (W)

Saturday, Mar 2
vs Uruguay | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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Friday, Mar 8
vs Canada | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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About the Americas Rugby Championship

The Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) is an international, round-robin competition at the test level which features six competing teams from North and South America including Argentina XV, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA. All matches contested in the ARC count for rankings points and test caps with the exception of those played against Argentina XV who compete as a secondary national team. Originally introduced as a development tournament, the Americas Rugby Championship began operating at the senior international level in 2016 where Argentina XV (who remained as part of the setup) claimed the inaugural championship and USA took runners-up. USA are currently reigning champions having won both the 2017 and 2018 ARC with Argentina XV runners-up in both years.

ARC Points Structure

Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
Loss – 0 points

BonusScoring 4+ tries – 1 point
Losing by 7 or fewer points – 1 point

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