Eagles Named for First Canada Clash

Eagles Named for First Canada Clash

Glendale, Colo. – Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has named his best possible squad for the Canada encounter set to take place at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday.

 “It’s important that we get a solid start to this August tour, with the Rugby World Cup (RWC) only weeks away. The squad has switched on right from the start, and realize that their RWC campaign is in their hands,” said O’Sullivan.

The 35-man Eagles squad arrived in Glendale on Sunday, July 31, hitting the ground running with two-a-day sessions on both Monday and Tuesday.

“Some players were not available during the Churchill Cup, so this is our first real opportunity to work those combinations that will allow us to achieve our goals,” explained the Head Coach.

The 22-man traveling squad will depart for Toronto on Thursday morning, looking to start their RWC campaign on a high note.

Canada are currently ranked 16th on the IRB World Rankings, one place ahead of the United States. Next week the Eagles will host Canada at Infinity Park on Saturday, August 13, after which the squad will travel to Tokyo to take on Japan on Sunday, August 21.

Two players that are not available for this upcoming match include veteran fullback Chris Wyles and Highlanders winger James Paterson. Wyles is nursing an ankle problem, and Paterson is continuing his rehabilitation.

“We need to give both Chris and James time to get back to full health,” added O’Sullivan.

The Eagles are led by the outstanding Todd Clever, with hard working Louis Stanfill (flank) and Nic Johnson (8th man) completing the loose forwards. In the tight five, the experienced props Mate Moeakiola and Shawn Pittman will look to dominate up front. Phillip Thiel – one of Life University’s standouts - starts at hooker.

Hayden Smith returns at lock for the USA after helping Sacarens win the Premiership title in London earlier this year. He will be partnered by John van der Giessen who secures the other lock position.

In the backline, Mike Petri starts in the number 9 jersey alongside veteran flyhalf Nese Malifa. The powerful duo of Andrew Suniula and Paul Emerick are at center, and this midfield will be key in creating space on offense and halting the Canadian attack. Fresh from Biarritz is the exciting right wing Takudzwa Ngwenya. On the other wing – also playing professional rugby in France – is Kevin Swiryn. All American captain Blaine Scully gets his second start in an Eagles jersey, at fullback.

The forward reserves include: San Francisco Golden Gate hooker Chris Biller, Las Vegas Blackjack’s prop Eric Fry, flanker Inaki Basauri (who is now with French club, Perigueux) and the University of Cape Town’s JJ Gagiano. Covering in the backs are scrumhalf Tim Usasz, and utility players Roland Suniula and Tai Enosa.

“The rivalry we have with Canada is extremely fierce and we are very excited to face them in Toronto and get our RWC campaign underway,” said Eagles captain Clever.  

The USA will kick-off against Canada at 2.00 P.M on Saturday, August 6, with the United States time zones, and broadcast information below.

 

USA EAGLES TO FACE CANADA

15 Blaine Scully (Unattached)

14 Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz)

13 Paul Emerick (Life University)

12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)

11 Kevin Swiryn (Agen)

10 Nese Malifa (Glendale)

9 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)

1 Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93)

2 Phillip Thiel (Life University)

3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh)

4 John van der Giessen (Unattached)

5 Hayden Smith (Saracens)

6 Louis Stanfill (Unattached)

7 Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath) *Captain

8 Nic Johnson (Unattached)

 

Reserves:

16 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)

17 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)

18 Inaki Basauri (Perigueux)

19 Jonathan ‘JJ’ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town)

20 Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC)

21 Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)

22 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)

Unavailable through injury: James Paterson (Highlanders), Chris Wyles (Saracens)

USA EAGLES STAFF

Eddie O’Sullivan (Head Coach), Dave Hodges (Forwards Coach & Technical Analyst), Matt Sherman (Backs Coach), Mike Tolkin (Defensive Coach), Dan Payne (Skills Coach), Chris O’Brien (Kicking Coach), David Williams (Strength & Conditioning), Jarrad Griffiths (Assistant Technical Analyst), Tristan Lewis (Team Manager), Kevin Battle (Assistant Manager), Alex Garibay (Physio), Michael Keating (Physio), Sarah Sall (Masseuse), Thomas Mick (Doctor), Dallen Stanford (Media Manager)

RWC BUILD-UP SCHEDULE

August 6, 2011: USA v. Canada (BMO Field, Toronto, Canada)

Kickoff 11.00 A.M PST / 12.00 P.M MST / 1.00 P.M CST / 2.00 P.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

 

August 10, 2011: USA Select XV v. Glendale Raptors (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)

Kickoff 6.15 P.M PST / 7.15 P.M MST / 8.15 P.M CST / 9.15 P.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

August 13, 2011: USA v. Canada (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)

Kickoff 6.15 P.M PST / 7.15 P.M MST / 8.15 P.M CST / 9.15 P.M EST

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August 21, 2011: USA v. Japan (Prince Chichbu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tokyo, Japan)

Kickoff 2.00 A.M PST / 3.00 A.M MST / 4.00 A.M CST / 5.00 A.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

USA Rugby's broadcast partner, NBC Universal, will be showing all three USA warm-up matches LIVE on UniversalSports.com! Click here to find out more details.

RWC 2011 SCHEDULE | NEW ZEALAND

September 11, 2011: USA vs. Ireland (New Plymouth)

September 15, 2011: USA vs. Russia (New Plymouth)

September 23, 2011: USA vs. Australia (Wellington)

September 27, 2011: USA vs. Italy (Nelson)

 

Further Information:

Dallen Stanford | USA Eagles Rugby World Cup Media Manager | USA Rugby | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 512-565-5737

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