USA Rugby has named its squad to play for the USA Selects at the Americas Pacific Challenge.
The games will be played in Montevideo, Uruguay, the same venue for last year. The USA will play Samoa A, Uruguay A, and Canada A. Also in the competition are Argentina XV and Tonga A
Uruguay A defeated the USA Selects 47-15 Sunday to cap off the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge for both outfits.
The USA Selects finish the tournament in 5th place with five standings points, just ahead of Canada, the only team the Americans beat.
The USA Selects endured about 55 minutes of being the second-best team Wednesday, only to finish off much the stronger and pull out a 47-37 comeback win over Canada A in the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge in Uruguay.
The USA Selects were thumped 62-12 by the Fiji Warriors in the opening round of the Americas Pacific Challenge at Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, Uruguay Saturday.
The Americans were more competitive than the score suggests, but struggled to contain a fast, elusive, and physical Warriors team - especially No. 8 Eremasi Radrodro.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The USA Rugby Selects lineup to face the Fiji Warriors on Saturday has been picked.
Head Coach Ray Egan has named Joe Taufete'e as starting hooker and gameday captain, choosing a capped Eagle and World Cup veteran who also played for Egan in the Belmont Shore U19s and senior men's club system.
Ray Egan will be coaching the USA Selects competing in the Americas Pacific Challenge October 8-16 in Uruguay, and he's got a big job ahead of him.
The USA Selects team that will go to Uruguay to play in the Americas Pacific Challenge will be a team of college players and young up-and-comers, led by a few players with a small number of caps.
USA Rugby has not released the roster, but Goff Rugby Report has obtained a player list we are fairly sure is close to the final roster.
The Americas Pacific Challenge is the latest venture backed by World Rugby to give Tier 2 nations a step between pro/provincial/domestic competition and full internationals - this time, it might be the right fit.
World Rugby has confirmed the schedule for the Americas Pacific Challenge 2016, a new "A” team tournament funded by the game's governing body.
The inaugural event, which includes two teams each from the Pacific Islands, North America and South America, will be hosted in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 8-16 October, 2016.
The USA Selects play Uruguay on Thursday after a five days of training in Florida in this, the first outing for the USA program in a World Cup year.
Head Coach Mike Tolkin doesn’t have his overseas players for this tour, but this is an opportunity for players working their way into the Eagles’ RWC squad to get more playing time.