USA Men’s Eagles name preliminary training squad for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

40 of the 50 selected players will assemble next week in preparation for Pacific Nations Cup 2019

With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup.

The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid-September. Over the next several months, Head Coach Gary Gold and staff will use the upcoming camp in Colorado and Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) to make final selections. 

Of the 50 players chosen, three are uncapped including Houston SaberCats’ Jamason Fa’anana Shultz, Seattle Seawolves’ Riekert Hattingh.

Long-time Eagles Mike PetriThretton Palamo and Ben Cima all have a chance to appear in the final World Cup squad having not played with the Men’s National Team in some time. Mikey Sosene also joins the preliminary squad after earning four caps with the Eagles in 2016.

Similarly, three players from the USA Men’s Sevens who recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are named, including Eagles Sevens Captain Madison Hughes.

General Manager of the Men’s National Team 15s Dave Hodges said: “We’re really looking forward to working with this group of men over the next several months as our staff make final preparations for Rugby World Cup. As Japan 2019 is set to be one of the most exciting and successful rugby events to do date, we as a program are heavily focused on improving upon our past World Cup performances, as a representation of the growth of rugby in the United States.

“While the weeks and months to follow will be filled with tireless work, I’m confident that our coaches and staff will prepare these men not only for the Rugby World Cup, but four crucial matchups ahead of that in the Pacific Nations Cup and our final test match with Canada in Vancouver.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team 15s will assemble next week in Colorado as the final stretch to Rugby World Cup begins. Beginning with the Pacific Nations Cup, the USA will face rival-Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale on July 27, followed by Samoa and Japan in Fiji on August 3 and 10, respectively.

One final test match between the U.S. and Canada will take place at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver on September 7. The Eagles will then head to Japan to face England, France, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C at Rugby World Cup 2019.

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David Ainuu Prop Toulouse (FRA) 5  
Malon Al Jiboori Flanker Glendale Raptors 2  
Nate Augspurger Scrumhalf / Wing San Diego Legion 21  
Marcel Brache Wing Western Force (AUS) 16  
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 18  
Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 25  
Ben Cima Flyhalf Seattle Seawolves 10 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 22  
Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors  22  
Ross Deacon No. 8 Rugby United New York Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Free State Cheetahs 11
Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 44  
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York 8  
Mikey Sosene-Feagai Hooker Auckland (NZL) 4  
Eric Fry Prop Vannes (FRA) 44  
Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 15  
Riekert Hattingh No. 8 Seattle Seawolves   Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
James Hilterbrand Hooker Manly Marlins (AUS) 18  
Will Hooley Fullback Bedford Blues (ENG) 8  
Madison Hughes Fullback USA Sevens 3  
Martin Iosefo Center USA Sevens 3  
Olive Kilifi Prop Seattle Seawolves 26  
Tony Lamborn Flanker Melbourne Rebels (AUS)  18  
Titi Lamositele Prop Saracens (ENG) 27  
Ben Landry Lock/Flanker Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 18  
Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 13  
AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 21  
Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 23  
Siaosi Mahoni Lock San Diego Legion 2 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Samu Manoa Lock Seattle Seawolves 22  
Ryan Matyas Wing San Diego Legion 12 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Tim Maupin Wing NOLA Gold 9 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Gannon Moore Wing Utah Warriors 3  
Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 10  
Thretton Palamo Center Houston SaberCats 17  
Greg Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 22  
Mike Petri Scrumhalf Rugby United New York 57 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker San Diego Legion 2  
Ben Pinkelman Flanker USA Sevens  
John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 33  
Paddy Ryan Prop Rugby United New York 4  
Blaine Scully Wing Unattached 46  
Jamason Fa’anana Shultz Flanker Houston SaberCats  
Lou Stanfill Lock San Diego Legion 56 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Tevita Tameilau Lock / Back row Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 15 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Joe Taufete’e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 22  
Mike Te’o Wing San Diego Legion 23  
Dino Waldren Prop San Diego Legion 19 Won’t assemble for PNC at this stage
Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL 3  
Psalm Wooching Flanker San Diego Legion 4


General Manager | Dave Hodges
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach, Defense | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Assistant S&C and Analyst | Tom Kindley
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Mark Drown


*All times local 

Pacific Nations Cup 

vs Canada
Sat, July 27 | 6 PM MT
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
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Rugby World Cup Warm-up

vs Canada
September 7 | 7 PM PT
B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, B.C.
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Rugby World Cup Japan 

Broadcast on NBC Networks

vs England
September 26 | 6:45 AM ET
Kobe Misaki Stadium

vs France
October 2 | 3:45 AM ET 
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

vs Argentina
October 9 | 12:45 AM ET
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

vs Tonga
October 13 | 1:45 AM ET
Hanazono Rugby Stadium 

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