U.S. Men’s National Team announces starters for test match with Brazil

Eagles open three-game homestand of Americas Rugby Championship 2019 with a fresh lineup

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AUSTIN, TX. The U.S. Men’s National team has named it’s match-day 23 to face Brazil in Round Three of the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) 2019 this Saturday, Feb. 23 at Dell Diamond in Austin, TX.

The Eagles lineup will feature a collection of changes from the team’s previous matchup with Argentina XV, including the return of Captain Blaine Scully and the chance for one new cap to be awarded from the bench. In total, the full squad owns 360 cumulative caps.

Props Chance Wenglewski fill out the front row alongside hooker James Hilterbrand. Hilterbrand jumps in for Joe Taufete’e who continues his recovery from injury. Locks Nate Brakeley make up the second row while the back row remains consistent with flankers John Quill Hanco Germishuys; as well as No. 8 Cam Dolan.

The backs will feature Will Magie at flyhalf and the much-anticipated return of wing Mike Te’o. Te’o last suited up for the Eagles a year ago during the Americas Rugby Championship 2018 in March. The duo of Bryce Campbell will cover at center, with Captain Scully at wing and Marcel Brache at fullback.

David Ainuu all have the opportunity to come on as reserves, along with San Diego Legion’s Kapeli Pifeleti who could make his national team debut.

“It’s been a long couple of weeks but we’re ready to continue with the ARC and have used our disappointing result against Argentina XV as a learning experience,” said Head Coach Gary Gold. “We know Brazil will bring an incredibly strong set piece; and in order to overcome that, we’ll need to remain patient and focus on getting the small things right through each phase. We’ll be in front of a vocal home crowd this weekend and that atmosphere will be a vital component in keeping momentum on our side.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team and Brazil have met three times — all in the Americas Rugby Championship — with the Eagles owning two wins from the 2017 and 2018 ARCs. Brazil will be no easy opponent, however, sporting a notorious set piece which allowed their side to overcome Canada in the last round of the tournament.

Currently sitting in third place following their loss to Argentina XV, the United States will have the energy of a strong home crowd to back them in Saturday’s contest. The match kicks off at 7:10 PM Central Time.

Following Brazil, the Eagles will travel to Seattle for two final games against Uruguay (Mar 2) and rival-Canada (Mar 8) at Starfire Sports. Tickets for all three remaining matches are available at usarugby.org/tickets. All games will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby, exclusively in the U.S.

Men’s Eagles Roster | vs Brazil 

Player Name Position Club Caps
Chance Wenglewski Prop Lindenwood University 2
James Hilterbrand Hooker Manly Marlins (AUS) 17
Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 7
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 16
Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 19
John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 30
Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 12
Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 41
Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 20
Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 20
Mike Te’o Wing San Diego Legion 21
Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 10
Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 22
Blaine Scully (C) Wing Cardiff Blues (WAL) 43
Marcel Brache Fullback Western Force (AUS) 13

Men’s Eagles Reserves 

Player Name Position Club Caps
Dylan Fawsitt Reserve Rugby United New York 7
David Ainuu Reserve Toulouse (FRA) 2
Dino Waldren Reserve London Scottish (ENG) 16
Ben Landry Reserve Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 15
Tevita Tameilau Reserve Glasgow Warriors 13
Kapeli Pifeleti Reserve San Diego Legion 0
Ruben de Haas Reserve Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 8
Will Hooley Reserve Bedford Blues (ENG) 6

USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan (Brazil)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
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

Saturday, Feb 23
vs Brazil | 7:10 PM CT
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX
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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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