Denver Camp selections announced for Men's Eagles

Denver Camp selections announced for Men's Eagles

BOULDER, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected 40 players for the upcoming Denver Camp ahead of the Summer Series, in which the Eagles will face IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 pool rival Scotland and potential pool opponent Japan before a match against Canada.

Along with the 13 overseas internationals – each of whom appeared in at least one leg of the Qualifier series against Uruguay in March – Nick Civetta will join the Eagles at camp for the first time since the 2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship. The lock spent the past season with Lazio in the National Championship of Excellence, the top rugby league in Italy.

“We needed to see some improvement in his upper-body strength and his tight play,” Tolkin said of the six-foot-eight Civetta’s performance in 2012. “He worked hard on that and then he went over to Italy and really did well with Lazio. In some of the video I’ve seen of him he’s really improved on those things.

“We want to see him be a real ball-winner in the lineout, and we’d like to see him be a physical force on the field and tackle area and with ball in hand.”

AIG Men’s Junior All-American Ben Pinkelman and AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Garrett Brewer have also been selected for camp, highlighting the High Performance Pathway’s effectiveness in identifying talent. Pinkelman recently helped the MJAAs finish third at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong, while Brewer started at flyhalf for Saint Mary’s College as the Gaels defeated Life University in the D1A College Rugby National Championship Final in Stanford, Calif., earlier this month.

“Ben did really well with the MJAAs,” Tolkin said. The coaching staff in Hong Kong thought he was the player of the group. We want to make it a consistent policy to bring in players from the age-grade teams and continue that link between guys getting experience from the All-Americans and learning under the older guys, veterans on the senior team.

“I think it’s really important, especially in the positions we don’t necessarily have a lot of depth. We have to build those from within. If we can get our nines and tens from the All-Americans and get them into senior camp with a lot of experience under their belt then the better off we are.”

Recently contracted with the Men’s Eagles Sevens, Thretton Palamo will also join the Eagles in Colorado. The former University of Utah football player was the youngest-capped Eagle when he was substituted into the Eagles’ match against South Africa at the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 in France. Palamo has played with Tiger Rugby this year and will be considered at the center and wing positions for the Summer Series.

“Building into the next few months, he’ll be shaking off the rust and getting into rugby shape,” Tolkin said. “We’re looking forward to getting him back; he’s obviously a great talent. The quicker he can get back into rugby form the better.”

Todd Clever, Civetta, Cameron Dolan, Brian Doyle, Graham Harriman, Scott LaValla, Samu Manoa, Pinkelman, Hayden Smith, Louis Stanfill, Kyle Sumsion, and Tai Tuisamoa represent the depth the Eagles have in the lock and flanker positions, with five of the players currently playing professionally in Europe.

“It’s a position that we went from little depth in November to getting deep in that position now,” Tolkin said. “The guys are just going to have to battle it out and the best ones will rise to the top. The pressure’s on them, but it’s a great competition to have.”

Adam Siddall will participate in non-contact training with the team as he recovers from injury, while Danny Barrett, Tim Maupin, and Brett Thompson will also represent the Men’s Eagles Sevens in Colorado.

The Eagles will assemble at Infinity Park at Glendale May 29 to June 4, then head to Houston, Texas, for the first match of the summer against Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium June 7. The Eagles have hosted the RBS Six Nations side twice, the most recent in 2002 in San Francisco, Calif.

The match against Scotland is a precursor to next year’s World Cup in England. Should Japan win the 2014 HSBC Asian 5 Nations Sunday, the Cherry Blossoms will also qualify for the World Cup in the Eagles’ pool, setting up another pre-World Cup match June 14 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Tolkin does not expect preparations for the matches to be any different knowing his team could face both in his first World Cup as head coach.

“The Summer Series will be interesting with two teams in our pool,” Tolkin said. “It’d be a good preview. We’ll prepare like we do for every international – prepare our guys to play. We’ll just have a good look at them. Things change over the year so it’s not going to be anything over the top.”

Hear Tolkin's thoughts on the Summer Series:

The overseas players will join the team midway through camp, as club seasons are still ongoing. Dolan and Manoa’s Northampton Saints will finish the season against Titi Lamositele, Smith, and Wyles of Saracens in the Aviva Premiership Final May 31, the same day Phil Thiel’s Life will battle for the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Division I Club National Championship in Madison, Wis.

Stay up-to-date with the Eagles on Twitter and Facebook as they head into an important Summer Series.

Men's Eagles | Denver Camp
Nate Augspurger (Men's Eagles Sevens)
Danny Barrett (Men's Eagles Sevens)
Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
Nick Civetta (Lazio RFC)
Todd Clever (NTT Shining Arcs)
Tom Coolican (Richmond RFC)
Miles Craigwell (Seattle-OPSB)
Cameron Dolan (Northampton RFC)
Brian Doyle (NYAC)
TC Elliott (Seattle-OPSB)
Zach Fenoglio (Glendale Raptors)
Eric Fry (London Scottish FC)
Troy Hall (Seattle-OPSB)
Graham Harriman (James Bay RFC)
Luke Hume (Narbonne)
Seamus Kelly (University of California)
Olive Kilifi (Seattle-OPSB)
Titi Lamositele (Saracens RFC)
Scott LaValla (Stade Francais)
Chad London (Glendale Raptors)
Samu Manoa (Northampton RFC)
Tim Maupin (Men's Eagles Sevens)
Folau Niua (Glasgow Warriors)
Thretton Palamo
Mike Petri (NYAC)
Ben Pinkelman (Denver Barbarians)
Shawn Pittman (Seattle-OPSB)
Blaine Scully (Leicester FC)
Adam Siddall (Belmont Shore RFC)
Hayden Smith (Saracens RFC)
Louis Stanfill (Seattle-OPSB)
Kyle Sumsion (Brigham Young University)
Andrew Suniula (London Wasps)
Shalom Suniula (Seattle-OPSB)
Phil Thiel (Life Rugby)
Brett Thompson (Men's Eagles Sevens)
Matt Trouville (Seattle-OPSB)
Tai Tuisamoa (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club)
Nick Wallace (James Bay RFC)
Chris Wyles (Saracens RFC)

Men's Eagles | Coaching Staff
Mike Tolkin - Head Coach
William Millard - Assistant Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach
Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach
Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach
David Williams - Assistant Coach
Hamish Kerr - Doctor (USAvSCO)
Sam Akhavan - Senior Doctor (USAvJPN & USAvCAN)
Thomas Jordan - Doctor (USAvJPN & USAvCAN)
Justin Zenner - Doctor (USAvJPN & USAvCAN)
Richard Quincy, Jr. - Physiotherapist
Zach Vyhananek - Physiotherapist
Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist
Tristan Lewis - Manager


UPDATE: Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected a 28-player squad to travel to Houston for the Eagles’ opening match of the Summer Series against Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Danny Barrett
Todd Clever
Tom Coolican
Miles Craigwell
Cameron Dolan
Eric Fry
Troy Hall
Luke Hume
Seamus Kelly
Olive Kilifi
Titi Lamositele
Scott Lavalla
Chad London
Samu Manoa
Tim Maupin
Folau Niua
Mike Petri
Shawn Pittman
Blaine Scully
Hayden Smith
Louis Stanfill
Kyle Sumsion
Andrew Suniula
Shalom Suniula
Phil Thiel
Tai Tuisamoa
Nick Wallace
Chris Wyles

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Comments (7)

  • Guest (Tolkin's little favorites)

    Only 2 specialist scrumhalves...is Tolkin afraid of competition for his pet favorite?

    No Kingsley McGowan is also a joke.

  • Guest (JMD)

    Takudzwa Ngwenya is Dead?

  • Guest (5Lock4ward)

    In reply to: Guest (JMD)

    I continue to be shocked by the repeated omission of Ngwenya along with James Paterson. The two best wings available to the Eagles are nowhere to be found. On the other hand I am incredibly happy to see Palamo back in the fold. He could be the 13 we've been waiting for. The time is also right to cap Danny Barrett. I see him as the future at open-side for the US, with his speed, power and ball-carrying ability.

  • Guest (ElTrut)

    No Zee, well I think it's safe to assume that he has played his last game for USA. His repeated omission is his choice or the coaching staff not wanting him on the team whatever reason I like those him back.
    No L'Estrange...any info on him.
    GREAT NEWS!! Fry is still playing. We are in a prop crisis and therefore every scum is a potential disaster.
    I'll agree we Ned to start looking at another #9 option, Petrie is not getting any younger and his play in the last two games was poor. I'll give credit. For the try, quick thinking and good experience on that play, but the rest of the time he was no impressive.
    Palamo is back, that is a good thing IMO.
    Want to see Craigwell get some playing time...give him a shot at #22

  • Guest (Gues)

    In reply to: Guest (ElTrut)

    L'Estrange is out with a broken leg suffered while playing for the London Welsh.

  • Guest (RugbyDUck)

    I think the reason why Zee isn't listed has a lot to do with happened to his club (Biarritz) this past season in the French Top 14: relegation to Pro D2. Unless Zee requested otherwise, I really don't Tolkin would willingly leave Zee off the roster knowing full-well how invaluable he is at wing.

  • Guest (USA Rugby Fan)

    What I'd hope to see vs Japan.

    1. Fry (only at LH)
    2. Coolican
    3. Pittman
    4. Manoa
    5. Smith
    6. Clever
    7. LaValla
    8. Dolan
    9. Shaw
    10. Suniula
    11. Scully
    12. Niua
    13. Kelly or Palamo
    14. Zee
    15. Wyles

    16. Fenoglio
    17. Lamositele
    18. Killifi
    19. Tuisamoa or Doyle
    20. Petri...unless there is another choice
    21. Holder
    22. Craigwell
    23. Hume