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USA Names Side to Face Uruguay in Qualifier #2

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USA Names Side to Face Uruguay in Qualifier #2

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay—USA Men's 15s Head Coach Gary Good has made two changes to his match-day 23 for Saturday’s finale of the Americas 1 Rugby World Cup Qualifier.

Having beaten their South American hosts last week 19-16, the USA Eagles need one more victory, on aggregate, to confirm their place in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2023. Kick off is set for 4:30 PM local time with a live stream on florugby.com.

Too Close For Comfort: USA Edges Uruguay

Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz will start in place of Hanco Germishuys, who did not travel to Montevideo due to family obligations. Connecticut-born, Argentinian-raised flanker/lock Benjamin Bonasso could make his national team debut from the bench.

“It was a long travel day into the country but now that we’re here; and with one good training session under our belts, things are going smoothly and we look forward to the weekend," Gold said. "Looking back on this journey from our first match with Canada to where we are at the moment, this group of guys have put in a tremendous amount of work and now it’s all about making some significant improvements, maintaining our discipline and playing our brand of rugby. Uruguay continues to prove how capable they are of shaking things up and we know this will be an 80-minute shift for us.”

The USA hosted the first leg of the series last Saturday in Glendale. After building a 19-3 lead, the South Americans came back to bridge the gap from a few untimely U.S. penalties late in the second half. Those penalties produced a momentum shift that allowed Los Teros to close the gap.

Match Information
Date: October 9, 2021
Venue: Estadio Charrua, Montevideo, Uruguay
Kick off: 4:30PM Uruguay Time (3:30PM ET, 12:30PM PT)
Broadcast: FloRugby.com

USA Men’s XVs National Team Roster
1. David Ainu'u Prop Toulouse (FRA) 14
2. Kapeli PIfeleti Hooker Saracens (ENG) 7
3. Joe Taufete'e Prop Lyon (FRA) 32
4. Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 28
5. Nick Civetta Lock Rugby United New York 26
6. Andrew Guerra Flanker NOLA Gold 4
7. Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz Flanker Old Glory DC 5
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 56
9. Ruben De Haas Scrum half Saracens (ENG) 22
10. Will Magie Flyhalf Austin Gilgronis 30
11. Mika Kruse Wing Utah Warriors 4
12. Tavite Lopeti Center Seattle Seawolves 3
13. Bryce Campbell Center Austin Gilgronis 37
14. Christian Dyer Wing USA Sevens 5
15. Marcel Brache Fullback Austin Gilgronis 27
16. Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York 18
17. Matt Harmon Prop NOLA Gold 3
18. Paul Mullen Prop Utah Warriors 23
19. Greg Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 33
20. Benjamin Bonasso Flanker Rugby United New York Debut
21. Nate Augspurger Scrumhalf/Wing San Diego Legion 29
22. Luke Carty Flyhalf LA Giltinis 4
23. Will Hooley Fullback Unattached 16

Men’s XVs National Traveling Team Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold

Asst Coach | Rob Hoadley

Asst Coach | Steve Brett

Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Team Doctor | Brady Bowen

Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan

Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz

Athletic Trainer | Ron Klingensmith

Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez