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30 Man Squad For Eagles UK Trip Confirmed

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30 Man Squad For Eagles UK Trip Confirmed

Bryce Campbell (with ball, Marcel Brachet (at right) and AJ MacGInty all return to the USA team. David Barpal photo.

USA Men's 15s Head Coach Gary Gold has picked his traveling roster for the Eagles' tests against England (July 4, Twickenham) and Ireland (July 10, Aviva Stadium). 

Out of 30 total players, 22 hail from Major League Rugby clubs and 10 could earn their first test cap. A heavy representation of MLR players means that most athletes have either played with or against others in the roster, creating a synergy for the program to leverage in preparation for both tests. AJ MacGinty will captain the squad in what is the first Eagles assembly since Rugby World Cup 2019. 

The choice of MacGinty is not surprising given his role as a flyhalf and playmaker for Sale and for the USA. MacGinty has been in excellent form and playing a lot, and all of that makes him an excellent candidate to lead the team.

When the last World Cup cycle began, most players struggled to find a consistent daily training environment. Now, each athlete has been embedded in a high performance setting that delivers quality competition and preparation, a factor that makes all the difference when considering the disruption to play due to the pandemic. 

“It has been a tough road for us in terms of organizing travel logistics and narrowing in on this 30-player roster but I am excited to see these guys perform in July," said Gold. What we’ve seen in the MLR has made an immeasurable impact on our ability to select players who have the talent and capability to compete at a high level. 

“We have two highly difficult tests in England and Ireland and with a large number of uncapped players, we want to use this as an opportunity to expose our young guys to the rigorous demands of facing the top teams in the world. These are the types of matches that will force us to be at our best and build a meaningful depth chart in the leadup to France in 2023. 

“I know I speak for everyone involved when I say we are incredibly anxious to get together as a group and see the young talent grow alongside our experienced players. This will be a cycle like no other and we welcome the challenge.” 

Following July, the Eagles will assemble again in September for a two-part Rugby World Cup qualification series against rivals Canada. The Eagles will host the second match on Sept 11 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. with details for the first match to be confirmed. A final qualification series against a team from South America will follow in October. 

David Ainu'u Prop Toulouse (FRA) 9
Michael Baska Scrumhalf Utah Warriors Uncapped
Marcel Brache Wing/Center Western Force (AUS) 23
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 23
Bryce Campbell Center Austin Gilgronis 32
Luke Carty Flyhalf/Center LA Giltinis Uncapped
Nick Civetta Lock Rugby United New York 26
Ryan Rees Scrumhalf Rugby ATL Uncapped
Mike Dabulas Fullback Old Glory DC Uncapped
Ruben De Haas Scrumhalf Austin Gilgronis 17
Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 51
Jameson Faanana Schultz Flanker / No. 8 Old Glory DC 2
Mikey Sosene Feagai Hooker Old Glory DC 5
Hanco Germishuys Flanker Rugby United New York 21
Andrew Guerra Flanker NOLA Gold Uncapped
Riekert Hattingh No. 8 Seattle Seawolves Uncapped
Will Hooley Flyhalf/Fullback Saracens (ENG) 15
Ryan James Wing LA Giltinis Uncapped
Mika Kruse Center/Wing Utah Warriors Uncapped
Titi Lamositele Prop Montpellier (FRA) 32
AJ MacGinty (C) Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 28
Siaosi Mahoni Lock San Diego Legion 2
Conner Mooneyham Wing Austin Gilgronis Uncapped
Paul Mullen Prop Utah Warriors 18
Greg Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 30
Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker Saracens (ENG) 3
Joe Taufete'e Hooker Lyon (FRA) 27
Mike Te'o Wing Utah Warriors 28
Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL 6
Psalm Wooching Flanker San Diego Legion 4

USA Men’s Eagles Staff | July 2021 Tests 
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Asst Coach | Rob Hoadley
Coach Consultant | Neal Hatley
Coach Consultant | Chris Wyles
Head of Strength & Conditioning | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Marc Kowalsky
Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan
Athletic Trainer | Ron Klingensmith
Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez
Asst Manager | Will Bevan

USA vs England
July 4, 2021
Twickenham Stadium, England
KO and Broadcast TBA

USA vs Ireland
July 10, 2021
Aviva Stadium, Ireland