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Eagles RWC Qualification Squad Named

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Eagles RWC Qualification Squad Named

David Ainu'u with the USA against England this summer. Ian Muir photo.

GLENDALE, Colo.—USA Men's 15s Head coach Gary Gold has selected 31-players for the opening stage of Rugby World Cup qualification against rivals Canada. 

The first match takes place on Sept 4 (KO 1:30 PM ET) in St. John’s, NL, with the second on Sept 11 (KO 9PM ET) at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. Broadcast info will be confirmed closer to date. Tickets for the Glendale match are available at www.usa.rugby/tickets

A total of 24 players will return from the Eagles’ July tests against England (L 29-43) and Ireland (L 10-71) with flyhalf AJ MacGinty returning as Captain. MacGinty recently healed from an injury that forced him to miss the aforementioned summer fixtures. The 2020-21 Fans Player of the Year for Sale will be a massive addition to the USA team.

Additional roster highlights include:
Ryan Matyas who last featured in 2018 against Romania
Nate Augspurger, Dylan Fawsitt and Chance Wenglewski who last featured at Rugby World Cup 2019 
Luke Carty and Christian Dyer return after promising performances in July
Benjamin Bonasso and Moni Tonga’uiha could earn their first cap 
Will Hooley remains out to continue rehab from injury 

Assistant Coach Shawn Pittman is back with the squad after being named MLR Head Coach of the Season with Utah Warriors 

“We’re looking forward to picking up where we left off in July with the bulk of our players from that group and some returning faces to compliment the squad," Gold said. "Obviously, we’re all excited to have AJ back and to see him lead the team as Captain. Bryce did an excellent job as Captain against England and Ireland, as well, so having them both to guide this group will be a huge benefit.

“Canada has certainly improved as a team, they are a well-coached and formidable opponent that we need to respect. It is extremely important for us to be efficient and effective in our training so we can execute effectively, gain success on the field and hopefully progress. Overall, I’m excited to get this group back together and hit the ground running.” 

Men’s XVs National Team Roster
PLAYER NAME POSITION CLUB CAPS
David Ainu'u Prop Toulouse 11
Nate Augspurger Scrumhalf / Wing San Diego Legion 26
Michael Baska Scrumhalf Utah Warriors 2
Benjamin Bonasso Back Row Rugby United New York Uncapped
Marcel Brache Center / Fullback Unattached 24
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 25
Bryce Campbell Center Austin Gilgronis 34
Luke Carty Flyhalf / Center LA Giltinis 2
Nick Civetta Lock Rugby United New York 28
Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Saracens (ENG) 19
Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 53
Christian Dyer Wing USA Sevens 2
Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz Flanker / No. 8 Old Glory DC 3
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York 15
Hanco Germishuys Flanker Rugby United New York 23
Andrew Guerra Flanker NOLA Gold 1
Matt Harmon Prop NOLA Gold 2
Ryan James Wing LA Giltinis uncapped
Mika Kruse Wing / Center Utah Warriors 2
AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 28
Will Magie Fullback Austin Gilgronis 27
Siaosi Mahoni Lock San Diego Legion 2
Ryan Matyas Wing / Center San Diego Legion 12
Paul Mullen Prop Utah Warriors 20
Gregory Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons 32
Kapeliele Pifeleti Hooker Saracens (ENG) 4
Mikey Sosene-Feagai Hooker Old Glory DC 6
Joe Taufete'e Prop Lyon (FRA) 29
Tesimoni Tonga’uiha Flanker NOLA Gold uncapped
Dino Waldren Prop NOLA Gold 21
Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL 6
       
Men’s XVs National Team Staff      
Head Coach | Gary Gold      
Asst Coach | Rob Hoadley      
Asst Coach | Steve Brett      
Asst Coach | Shawn Pittman      
Head of Strength & Conditioning | Huw Bevan      
Asst Strength & Conditioning | Josh Schnell      
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison      
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan      
Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan      
Athletic Trainer | Ron Klingensmith      
Sports Massage Therapist | Dahlia Hurwitz      
Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez    

 

Men’s XVs National Team Fall Schedule
Broadcast details are TBA
 
September 4, 2021
vs Canada
KO 3 PM NT
Swilers Rugby Club, St John’s, Newfoundland
 
September 11, 2021
vs Canada
KO 7 PM MT
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Tickets Here
 
October 2, 2021
vs South America TBC
KO 6 PM MT
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Tickets Here
 
October 11, 2021
vs South America TBC
Time and location TBC
 
October 23, 2021
vs All Blacks
KO 3 PM ET
FedEx Field, Washington, D.C.
Tickets Here
 
October 30, 2021
vs Ireland
KO To be Confirmed
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Tickets Here