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USA Names Squad to Face Canada in RWC Qualifier

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USA Names Squad to Face Canada in RWC Qualifier

Bryce Campbell captains the USA again. Ian Muir photo.

St. John's, Nfld.—Bryce Campbell leads as captain when the No. 16 USA Men’s 15ss National Team faces No. 22 Canada this Saturday in the first of a two-leg series for Rugby World Cup qualification.

Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM local time // 1:30 PM Eastern at Swilers Rugby Club in St John’s, Newfoundland. The game will be live-streamed on florugby.com.

Due to travel complications, AJ MacGinty arrived late into camp and will be named to the reserves. McGinty actually arrives in camp today, September 2, after a very difficult trip to North America during which he had to stay in New Jersey training on his own. 

Starting hooker Dylan Fawsitt and reserve Nate Augspurger feature for the first time since Rugby World Cup 2019  Christian Dyer (wing) and Luke Carty (fullback) will start after two impressive performances this summer against England and Ireland, while reserve Tavite Lopeti, just recently graduated from Saint Mary's College of California, could earn his first cap from the bench. 

“This is the first of two very crucial games for us in terms of Rugby World Cup qualification," said USA Head Coach Gary Gold. "We are very clear on what our roles are and what we need to do this weekend and now it’s time to execute against those plans.

“As a squad we have had to adapt not only over the past year, but in these last two weeks as the travel restrictions and safety requirements due to COVID-19 have changed the preparation landscape for everyone. On top of that, Canada bring a well-coached and formidable side with a wealth of talented players. They have proven time and time again just how much of a threat they are in terms of their game plan, experience and rugby intelligence as we all saw at our warm up match back in 2019. 

“All our focus and energy right now is on Canada this weekend in St John’s as they pose a massive challenge for us.”

Game 1 of 2

Saturday’s matchup is the first of two-games in a home and away series that serves as Part One of the overall World Cup qualification process. The United States will host Canada on September 11 in Glendale, Colo. for the final leg where the team who scores the most points across both games will emerge as the top seed for North America. 

If the Eagles win the series, they’ll face Uruguay — the top seed for South America — in another home and away series on Oct 2 in Glendale, Colo. and Oct 9 in Montevideo. If they lose, the USA will face Chile on the same dates in October for a separate home and away series to determine placings for the next stage of qualification in 2022. 

Tickets for both USA home matches on Sept 11 and Oct 2 are available now at usarug.by/RWCQ. Both matches are broadcast LIVE on florugby.com. 

The Last Meeting 

The United States and Canada will meet for the first time since 2019 when the Canadians hosted a nailbiter at B.C. Place as a warmup for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

After starting with a 12-0 deficit, the Eagles came back to defeat their rivals 20-15, retaining the Can-Am trophy and extending their winning streak over Canada to six games. The USA have not lost to their North American counterparts since 2013 but logged a draw in the 2017 qualification series. 

USA Men’s Eagles vs Canada Match Day Roster

1. Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL 6
2. Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New york 15
3. Paul Mullen Prop Utah Warriors 20
4. Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 25
5. Nick Civetta Lock Rugby United New York 28
6. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Rugby United New York 23
7. Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz Flanker Old Glory DC 3
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 53
9. Ruben De Haas Scrumhalf Saracens (ENG) 19
10. Will Magie Flyhalf Austin Gilgronis 27
11. Mika Kruse Wing Utah Warriors 2
12. Bryce Campbell (C) Center Austin Gilgronis 34
13. Marcel Brache Center Unattached 24
14. Christian Dyer Wing USA Sevens 2
15. Luke Carty Fullback LA Giltinis 2
16. Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker Saracens (ENG) 4
17. David Ainu'u Prop Toulouse (FRA) 11
18. Joe Taufete'e Hooker Lyon (FRA) 29
19. Siaosi Mahoni Lock San Diego Legion 2
20. Andrew Guerra Flanker NOLA Gold 1
21. Nate Augspurger Wing/Scrumhalf San Diego Legion 26
22. Tavite Lopeti Center Saint Mary's uncapped
23. AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 28

USA Men’s 15s 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
Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez