Tolkin starts Lamositele, LaValla in London

Tolkin starts Lamositele, LaValla in London

LONDON, England – The starting roster for the Men’s Eagles’ match against Russia at Allianz Park Saturday, Nov. 23, has been announced, with prop Titi Lamositele earning his first starting cap.

Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin’s decision to start Lamositele alongside Nick Wallace and Phil Thiel in the front three means the Chuckanut Bay 18-year-old will be able to sign professional contracts abroad in the future. Lamositele has previously trained with Saracens, whose home ground will host Saturday’s match.

Chris Wyles has scored 13 tries for Saracens since 2008, but was in Georgia last weekend while his club played its final game before the international break. Wyles will start at fullback between wing Tim Maupin and Blaine Scully.

The Eagles defeated Georgia 25-23 for their first win in 2013 Saturday, Nov. 16. Adam Siddall kicked an added-time penalty goal and earned his second consecutive start at flyhalf for this weekend’s match.

In his first match with the team since the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers against Canada in August, Robbie Shaw will start at scrumhalf. Todd Clever will captain the team in London at blindside flanker alongside Scott LaValla, who missed the previous two matches of the November Tour.

No stranger to Allianz Park, Samu Manoa will get the start at lock alongside Tai Tuisamoa. Tuisamoa, along with a number of Eagles such as Wallace, Thiel, Dolan and Maupin, will be playing in his sixth match since October due to the 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship. The Eagles Select XV finished second behind Argentina with a 2-1 record, defeating Canada and Uruguay.

The Eagles fell just short to the New Zealand Maori All Blacks at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov 9. Leading 9-7 at the half and drawing to 22-19 with less than ten minutes remaining, the Eagles pleased a sold-out crowd and followed it up with the win against Georgia Saturday.

The match at Allianz Park will be the last before the Rugby World Cup Qualifier playoff against Uruguay in March 2014. Follow the Eagles on Twitter (@USARugby) for live updates from 10:00 A.M. ET Saturday, Nov. 23.

Men's Eagles | v. Russia
1. Nick Wallace
2. Phil Thiel
3. Titi Lamositele
4. Tai Tuisamoa
5. Samu Manoa
6. Todd Clever (C)
7. Scott LaValla
8. Cameron Dolan
9. Robbie Shaw
10. Adam Siddal
11. Tim Maupin
12. Andrew Suniula
13. Folau Niua
14. Blaine Scully
15. Chris Wyles

Men's Eagles | Reserves
16. Zach Fenoglio
17. Olive Kilifi
18. Eric Fry
19. Graham Harriman
20. Derek Asbun
21. Shaun Davies
22. Seamus Kelly
23. Luke Hume

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Comments (11)

  • Guest - Miami Maddogs

    This is going to be an exciting match. USA rugby is getting stronger!

  • Guest - TD

    Any online viewing information to share yet, please?

  • Guest - Robb

    Hopefully the Eagles can build on their last couple of performances & get a good result & have a solid showing. Go USA Eagles!1

  • Guest - Lincoln

    What happened to Zee Ngwenya?

  • Guest - RugbyDUck

    In reply to: Guest - Lincoln

    From what I've read, because Zee plays for Biarritz in the French Top 14, and also because they [Biarritz] are having one of their worst seasons ever and are on the verge of relegation, Tolkin is letting Zee skip the November test so that he can help his club avoid relegation. Either way, Zee will be back come RWCQ time. There's more info over at TIAR:

  • Guest - 5Lock4ward

    In reply to: Guest - Lincoln

    @Lincoln, The real answer to your question about Ngwenya has been answered in the article that named this current touring squad a few weeks ago; he was left out by coach Tolking, for better or worse, because he felt that the other backs were making too big an effort to get him the ball as opposed to running a team based offense and making their own contributions. Therefore he left Ngwenya home for this tour so that the backs would be forced to develop as a unit instead of a group of feeders to one individual. The article also stated that Ngwenya, in previous Eagles matches under Tolkin, had been veering off course and doing his own thing instead of sticking to the attacking plan. So it's safe to assume then that Tolkin was sending him a message that he (Ngwenya) is not bigger than the team and thus a message to the rest of the team that nobody's spot is safe or guaranteed. It goes on to state the he is still in the team's plans for the future and will be involved in the RWC qualifiers against Uruguay in March.

  • Guest - Rugby Fan

    Are you saying that the only way to follow this match is on Twitter?! No TV, not even an online webcast?! Please say it ain't so, USA Rugby!!!

  • Guest - RugbyDUck

    In reply to: Guest - Rugby Fan

    The IRB streamed it live on their website last year. I'd assume they're doing it again this year?

  • Guest - Joe Smith

    It is a shame that Joe Cowley did not get a start or even a reserve game. He played extremely well in the ARC Games , has left school to make this tour, is missing his teams 7's National tournament where he is a key player. He is a strong wing or full back with an excellent foot. What a waste.

  • Guest - cocky bill

    Disappointed to see Manoa pushed inside to lock, he makes zoo many great plays for the Saints off the scrum in the loose forward positions. That being said, it is hard to point out who's spot he should take on the back row.

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