Eagles veterans return to starting lineup against Ireland

Eagles veterans return to starting lineup against Ireland

Shirt No.

Position

Selected players

15

Full Back

Robbie Henshaw

14

Wing

Fergus McFadden

13

Centre

Darren Cave

12

Centre

Stuart Olding

11

Wing

Simon Zebo

10

Outside Half

Ian Madigan

9

Scrum Half

Isaac Boss

1

Prop

David Kilcoyne

2

Hooker

Richardt Strauss

3

Prop

Mike Ross

4

Lock

Mike McCarthy

5

Lock

Devin Toner

6

Flanker

Iain Henderson

8

No. 8

Peter O’Mahony

7

Flanker

Chris Henry

Substitutes

16

 

Mike Sherry

17

 

Tom Court

18

 

Jamie Hagan

19

 

Dan Tuohy

20

 

Tommy O’Donnell

21

 

Paul Marshall

22

 

Paddy Jackson

23

 

Felix Jones

Read more about the Ireland roster here.

SHIRT NUMBER

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

1. LOOSE HEAD

shawn

pittman

2. HOOKER

chris

biller

3. TIGHTHEAD

eric

fry

4. LOCK

brian

doyle

5. LOCK

louis

stanfill

6. BLINDSIDE

samu

manoa

7. OPENSIDE

scott

lavalla

8. NO.8       C

todd

clever

9. SCRUM HALF

mike

petri

10. OUTSIDE HALF

toby

l’estrange

11. WING

takudzwa

ngwenya

12. CENTRE

andrew

suniula

13. CENTRE

Seamus

Kelly

14. WING

luke

hume

15. FULLBACK

chris

wyles

16. HOOKER

Zachary

fenoglio

17. PROP

nicholas

wallace

18. PROP

phil

thiel

19. LOCK

peter

dahl

20. LOOSE FORWARD

john

quill

21. SCRUM HALF

robbie

shaw

22. INSIDE BACK

James

Paterson

23. OUTSIDE BACK

adam

siddall

HOUSTON, Texas – USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has released the 23-man roster for Saturday’s international test match against Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium (buy tickets here).

Todd Clever will captain an experienced Eagles side against the ninth-ranked Irish at 7:30 P.M. CT June 8, which includes the likes of international professionals Samu Manoa, Takudzwa Ngwenya, and Chris Wyles. Chris Biller and Mike Petri have also recovered from recent injuries and will return to the starting 15 following the Eagles’ Pacific Nations Cup loss to Canada May 25.

“I think they bring a lot of veteran leadership,” Tolkin said of the returning players. “That’s important. When we were away we had a lot of veterans out. This squad introduces veterans and pros back into the system and they’re great athletes that bring fresh, new energy. They exude confidence and it resonates within the squad.”

Manoa and Ngwenya were recently selected for the Barbarian Football Club for its tour with matches against England and the British and Irish Lions this summer and met up with the Eagles in Houston earlier this week.

“It’s an honor to play with the guys with the Barbos,” Ngwenya said. “But I’m back home, I get to play in Texas, I get to play with the boys again. This is where it all started. I’m just happy to be back with the family.”

The Eagles fell to Ireland in the Pool Stage of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and will have 10 players on the roster who were there on September 11, 2011. Seamus Kelly will start at center and Adam Siddall will start the match on the bench, with each player earning his first Eagles cap against Canada.

“In the World Cup you face almost all Tier One nations, so when you face a Tier One nation outside that framework it brings a lot of excitement,” Tolkin said. “It still brings all of the possibilities and challenges of the World Cup. That’s the atmosphere in the group and the psyche of the guys in the squad going into this.

“We have some good players on the bench who normally would’ve started. We feel like we’re getting some good depth. Going into this game we’re going to give a good fight--the guys know what they can do and what they’re capable of.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. CT on Universal Sports. DirecTV customers can watch with the provider’s free preview on channel 625. Follow live updates on Twitter @USARugby and tweet your thoughts with the #USAvIRE hashtag.

Men's Eagles | vs. Ireland
1. Shawn Pittman
2. Chris Biller
3. Eric Fry
4. Brian Doyle
5. Louis Stanfill
6. Samu Manoa
7. Scott LaValla
8. Todd Clever (C)
9. Mike Petri
10. Toby L'Estrange
11. Takudzwa Ngwenya
12. Andrew Suniula
13. Seamus Kelly
14. Luke Hume
15. Chris Wyles
16. Zach Fenoglio
17. Nick Wallace
18. Phil Thiel
19. Peter Dahl
20. John Quill
21. Robbie Shaw
22. James Paterson
23. Adam Siddall

See the Ireland roster here.

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