USA Men’s National Team XVs vs Canada Preview

Kickoff in Glendale, CO Sat, July 27 at 6 PM MT on NBC Sports Gold

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The USA Men’s National Team XVs are set to face rival-Canada in the opening round of Pacific Nations Cup 2019 this Saturday, July 27 at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. It will be the final home game for the Eagles before the group departs for Rugby World Cup Japan in September. Kick off is set for 6 PM MT on NBC Sports Gold with tickets available at usarug.by/pnc2019.

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MATCH

Head Coach Gary Gold has named his match-day roster after a rigorous four-week preparation camp in Colorado.

The starting XV will see Chance Wenglewski earn his third cap at prop while Malon Al-Jiboori will claim his second cap at flanker.

USA Sevens players Martin Iosefo and Madison Hughes both earn selections with Iosefo suiting up at wing and Hughes ready to jump in as a reserve. Iosefo played his last test match in June of 2017 against Ireland while Hughes earned his last cap in XVs in July of 2017 when the Eagles defeated Canada to qualify for the upcoming World Cup.

The reserves will also see Paddy Ryan return for the first time since November of 2017 when the USA faced Georgia. Alongside him will be Houston SaberCats Jamason Faanana-Schultz who could make his national team debut from the bench.

Saturday’s full lineup features 330 cumulative test caps.

STARTERS

PLAYER NAME1. Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL  3
2. Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York 8
3. Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 10
4. Ben Landry Lock Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 18
5. Nick Civetta Lock Unattached 22
6. Malon Al-Jiboori Flanker Glendale Raptors 2
7. John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 33
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 44
9. Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 22
10. AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 21
11. Martin Iosefo Wing USA Sevens 3
12. Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 25
13. Marcel Brache Center Western Force (AUS) 16
14. Blaine Scully Wing Unattached 46
15. Will Hooley Fullback Bedford Blues (ENG) 8

RESERVES

PLAYER NAME16. Kapeli Pifeleti Reserve San Diego Legion 2
17. David Ainuu Reserve Toulouse Rugby 5
18. Paddy Ryan Reserve Rugby United New York 4
19. Greg Peterson Reserve Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 22
20. Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz Reserve Houston SaberCats  0
21. Ruben de Haas Reserve Free State Cheetahs 11
22. Gannon Moore Reserve Utah Warriors  3
23. Madison Hughes Reserve USA Sevens 3

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM XVs STAFF

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


LAST TIME ON THE PITCH AGAINST CANADA

In March, the Men’s Eagles concluded the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship with a dramatic 30-25 victory over their North American rivals. In the final minute, a crucial line break by Mike Te put the USA deep inside Canadian territory where Ruben de Haas dove over the tryline at fulltime to claim the lead and the win.

A back and forth battle through the first half allowed Canada to take a 12-15 lead at halftime, after which the Eagles rallied to come back despite a continuously competitive affair. The Canadians had managed to use Eagle penalties to maintain a favorable scoreline and put the game within two points with only minutes to spare.

The near 60-meter run by Te’o was a massive momentum change, leading the Eagles into the try zone before the Canadians held them up. It was then that a scrum allowed young scrumhalf Ruben de Haas to dummy his way around the defense and leap over the line to give the USA a closing that fans were screaming for.

FULL MATCH RECAP


THE MATCHUP | UNITED STATES vs CANADA

Saturday’s matchup will be the first of two games the USA will play against Canada before Rugby World Cup. After a heavily contentious battle in March, fans at Infinity Park in Glendale can prepare for another game worth every minute of play.

The United States are currently ranked No. 15 where Canada sit at No. 21 in the World Rugby Rankings. Both teams have met 61 times in history with the Canadians owning a 38-21 advantage on the overall record and three matches ending in a draw.

As the opening round to Pacific Nations Cup 2019, the Men’s Eagles and Canada are equally anxious to get a winning start, knowing only two more games lay ahead in the competition.

Following Canada, the United States will face Samoa and Japan in Fiji.


THOUGHTS FROM HEAD COACH GARY GOLD

“We’ve had a very productive month from a training perspective and we know that we will see a really well-coached and prepared Canadian side on Saturday. We know that what we saw in Seattle was only a taste of what this Canada side can do and with Rugby World Cup in the forefront of everyone’s minds this match in Glendale will be no different.

“It is absolutely critical that we remain disciplined through this game and continue to make the right decisions in tight situations. We are in every way focused on preparation for Rugby World Cup but, before that, we have four very important test matches and a responsibility to deliver a competitive performance in every one of them.”


CURTAIN RAISER

Saturday’s event will feature not one but two USA-Canada matchups with the Men’s Collegiate All-American XVs kicking off against All-Canadian University XVs at 3 PM MT. The game will mark the first time the United States and Canada have met at the collegiate level, with First, Second and Third team All-Americans announced after the two-part event. Both games — collegiates and senior national teams — will be broadcast LIVE on NBC Sports Gold.


WHAT IS THE PACIFIC NATIONS CUP

The Pacific Nations Cup is an annual tournament hosted by World Rugby that features an expanded number of teams in Rugby World Cup years, when the United States competes. Featuring six teams for 2019, nations are split into two pools where each team faces the opposing sides in the opposite group to accumulate points after each matchup. The team who finishes with the most points at the end of its three games will win the title.

Pool A features the United States, Fiji and Tonga while Pool B features Canada, Samoa and Japan. The USA will face Canada first at home in Glendale, CO, followed by Samoa and Japan in Suva, Fiji to conclude its campaign.

POINTS STRUCTURE

  • Win – 4 points
  • Draw – 2 points
  • Loss – 0 points
  • BonusScoring 4 tries – 1 point
    Losing by less than 7 – 1 point


TICKETS

Tickets start at only $30 for general admission including access to the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans curtain raiser against All-Canadian University XVs at 3 PM MT. One ticket is valid for both games with VIP packages also available at usarug.by/pnc2019.

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