Roster, coaching staff announced for Americas Rugby Championship

Roster, coaching staff announced for Americas Rugby Championship


"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
Derek Asbun
Danny Barrett
Trevor Cassidy
Cam Dolan
Cam Falcon
Graham Harriman
Will Haydock
Titi Lamositele
Liam Og Murphy
Shawn Pittman
Chris Sullivan
Phil Thiel
Tai Tuisamoa
Nick Wallace

Chris Chapman
Joe Cowley
Maximo De Achaval
Shaun Davies
Toby L'Estrange
Tim Maupin
Ed Mills
Peter Moala
Mile Pulu
Mark Roberts
Chris Saint
Adam Siddall

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

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Comments (6)

  • Guest - Sean

    I think Coach Tolkin should try and utilize more of the 7's players and get them to work with the 15's. Our neighbors to the north have done this with much success, especially against the US.

  • Guest - Tolkin 2.0

    With Tolkin as head coach we can expect more ineptitude regardless of the selections. Hopefully these new assistant coaches have the will to sit Mike "Boy Scout" Tolkin in a corner and keep him away from the men's work. The guy is the worst head coach in Eagles' history.

  • Guest - V

    Okay! Couple of things. 1) I think the USA Rugby is playing what I called a 'Routine Platform' type of rugby - I don't seems to see that drive, aggression and cohesiveness in the players in that 80 minutes period. Its almost like boring again. We need some inpirational attitudes on the field to spark the entire team. It is over structured I think that individual skills are deprive to shine. We need to 'nip it in the bud' so that we can overwhelm our opponent. There shouldn't be any smooth sailing ball going to the opposition, should all be stressful one.
    We might need to select some players who are good finisher and could creat something out of nothing. Last but not least, 'keep it simple stupid". Its no rocket science..catch first, pass when you can and commit when you can't, get your advantage line first (5m) whether you defending or you have the possesion, make the tackle and get up first etc...etc...Good Luck!!!

  • Guest - Graham

    Spoke rugby with Tolkin some years back...he's a fraud.

  • Guest - 5Lock4ward

    I can't wait to see what Danny Barrett can do. His highlight film from Manoa's twitter page was unreal. Also, not sure why Jason Law and Nate Brakeley continue to be left out.

  • Guest - Steve

    Tolkin, has been horrible for quite sometime, However at least they are trying something different now and trying to build with youth! That being said L'estrange should be packed off to France or Canada in a tomato box, he is horrible at this level and always will be. How he got a call up is a mystery and certainly not deserved. In my eyes Titi is still to young props generally don't flourish until the mid 20's so I hope they don't burn this talented player out. Argie by 24 points