GLENDALE, Colo. – Head Coach Mike Tolkin has named his starting lineup for his USA Eagles squad that will take on Georgia at Infinity Park on Saturday, June 16. Kickoff is set for 7pm, MDT.
Tolkin has made three changes to the team that faced Canada one week ago in Kingston, Ont. Perhaps most notable is Roland Suniula of the Chicago Griffins at flyhalf over Will Holder. Taylor Mokate earns a spot at #6, replacing Andrew Durutalo, and Shawn Pittman will start at loosehead prop.
Paul Emerick gets a milestone start at outside center this weekend, earning his 50th cap for the Eagles. Emerick was first capped for the USA in May of 2003.
Coach Tolkin makes the switch at flyhalf in an effort to weigh his options and see where Suniula’s game can take the Eagles. Will Holder performed admirably in his first National Team experience last week against Canada, and is expected to see some minutes at #10 against Georgia.
Mokate makes his way into the starting lineup after subbing on for Durutalo last week and playing well enough to get the nod this week. Mokate will start at #6, while Scott Lavalla moves to #7.
Similarly, Shawn Pittman earned minutes last week against Canada as a sub, and Tolkin will give him the start over Mike MacDonald at loosehead.
Todd Clever remains in the #8 position, and will again Captain the side.
Other than the three changes mentioned above, the reserves remain largely unchanged. The only change in personnel comes from Andre Liufau who will stand on the ready to sub into the front row, replacing Tom Katzfey, a second row substitute.
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15 Chris Wyles (Saracens)
14 Luke Hume (Old Blue)
13 Paul Emerick (London Wasps)
12 Andrew Suniula (Cornish Pirates)
11 James Paterson (Glendale Raptors)
10 Roland Suniula (Chicago Griffins)
9 Mike Petri (NYAC)
1 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh)
2 Chris Biller (Northampton Saints)
3 Eric Fry (Wellington Old Boys RFC)
4 Louis Stanfill (NYAC)
5 Brian Doyle (NYAC)
6 Taylor Mokate (Wellington Old Boys RFC)
7 Scott Lavalla (Stade Francais)
8 Todd Clever* (NTT Shining Arcs)
16 Derek Asbun (Oxford University – England)
17 Tolifili (Andre) Liufau (l'Uson Rugby)
18 Mike MacDonald (At Large)
19 Andrew Durutalo (USA Rugby Sevens/Old Puget Sound Beach)
20 Shaun Davies (BYU)
21 Will Holder (Army)
22 Colin Hawley (USA Rugby Sevens)
* = Captain
Georgia Roster to face USA
1 MIKHEIL NARIASHVILI
2 REVAZ BELKANIA
3 DAVIT ZIRAKASHVILI
4 BEKA BITSADZE
5 VAKHTANG MAISURADZE
6 GREGORI LABADZE
7 GIVI BERISHVILI
8 GIORGI CHKHAIDZE
9 IRAKLI ABUSERIDZE*
10 MERAB KVIRIKASHVILI
11 ALEXANDER TODUA
12 MERAB SHARIKADZE
13 DAVIT KACHARAVA
14 IRAKLI MACHKHANELI
15 LASHA KHMALADZE
16 SHALVA MAMUKASHVILI
17 IRAKLI MIRTSKHULAVA
18 ZVIAD MAISURADZE
19 GIORGI TKHILAISHVILI
20 GIORGI BEGADZE
21 LASHA MALAGURADZE
22 IRAKLI KIASASHVILI
* = Captain