UPDATE:"Billy Millard will replace Brett Taylor as assistant coach of the Eagles Select XV," head coach Mike Tolkin said. "Taylor became unavailable due to a sudden and urgent work commitment. Millard will primarily work with the backs."
BOULDER, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin announced the Eagles Select XV roster for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship, to be hosted by Canada at Westhill Stadium at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford, British Columbia.
The Eagles Select XV will go up against Canada, Argentina and Uruguay from October 11-19 with a lineup full of both experience and youth.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to build and nurture our player pool through this year’s ARC,” Tolkin said. “We have a more balanced squad this year with a moderate number of players with international experience as well as many prospects who are looking to make strides within the National Team setup for the first time.
“The ARC is an important process for us in that players will continue to get a High Performance experience at the assembly as well as play in highly competitive international matches, which will test what they are capable of doing against greatly increased pressure.”
Shawn Pittman, Phil Thiel, Nick Wallace and Toby L’Estrange are among the Eagles in the squad who were a part of this season’s busy summer schedule, which included three matches against Canada and a visit from Tier One nation Ireland.
Titi Lamositele, currently considering an opportunity to play at Saracens of the Aviva Premiership with fellow Eagle Chris Wyles, makes the Eagles Select XV after earning his first two international caps against Canada in Charleston and Toronto. Adam Siddall returns from an injury sustained prior to the two-leg IRB Rugby World Cup Qualifier.
In 2012, the Eagles Select squad lost all three of its matches at the Americas Rugby Championship in Langford. This year, the Eagles’ match against Uruguay holds special significance, as the Teros stand in the way of the Eagles qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The two teams will face each other in a home-and-home series next year for a chance to qualify as Americas 2.
Former Ireland international Justin Fitzpatrick will serve as Forwards Coach and Brett Taylor will join Tolkin’s coaching staff as Backs Coach for the Americas Rugby Championship.
“I am also excited about working with a new coaching staff, who have each familiarized themselves with and dedicated themselves to American rugby with tremendous enthusiasm and success,” Tolkin said.
Argentina is up first for the Eagles Select XV October 11 at 9:00 P.M. ET. For more information, visit the official Americas Rugby Championship website.
Eagles Select XV | Americas Rugby Championship
Liam Og Murphy
Maximo De Achaval
Selected but unavailable: Tom Bliss, Logan Collins, John Cullen, Dean Gericke, Colin Hawley, Seki Kofe
Selected but injured: Benji Goff
Eagles Select XV | Coaching Staff
Mike Tolkin - Head Coach
Billy Millard - Assistant Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach
Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach
Neil McMillan - Strength and Conditioning Coach
James Walton - Video Analyst
Dr. Terrence Cronin
Richard Quincy - Physio
Bethany Desimone - Physio
Neil Chasan - Physio
Tristan Lewis - Manager