USA Rugby Eagles Play Australia Wallabies: Squads

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September 4, 2015

USA Rugby Eagles Play Australia Wallabies: Squads

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Doug Coil

Today is the calm before the storm as the Captain’s run and press conferences are over and the players can concentrate on the task at hand. Tomorrow is the big event. The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles play the Australia Wallabies at 6:30pm CT at Solider Field in Chicago. The match will be on national television on NBC Sports Network.

The Eagles enter the match ranked 16th in the World, while the Wallabies are 2nd. This is the last match before both teams travel to England for the Rugby World Cup which begins September 18th. Along with the 31 man Rugby World Cup squad, Australia has brought an extended squad of ten players for this match and three will be reserves.

In preparing for the Rugby World Cup, the Eagles have spent a longer period of time together. That has been evident in producing very competitive performances. They played four Pacific Nations Cup matches against Samoa, Japan, Tonga and Canada with wins against Japan and Canada. They then added another win against Canada and a close loss to the Harlequins from the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The Eagles will travel to England prepared and ready to challenge teams in their Pool. At the Rugby World Cup, they will play against the following teams in Pool B:

  • Samoa – Sunday, September 20 – 7am ET
  • Scotland – Sunday, September 27 – 9:30am ET
  • South Africa – Wednesday, October 7 – Noon ET
  • Japan – Sunday, October 11 – 3pm ET

Against Australia, the Eagles will showcase Chris Wyles, USA captain, who will earn his 50th cap for the United States. Chris, who plays for the Saracens in the Aviva Premiership, will be playing Wing for this match. He becomes the 9th player to have 5o international test matches for the U.S.

Don’t miss the action at Soldier Field. Tickets may still be purchased on Ticketmaster. If that is not possible, then watch the match on NBC Sports Network. In other words, support the growth of USA Rugby!

Men’s Eagles | v. Australia (with USA Rugby Player Profiles)
1. Eric Fry
2. Zach Fenoglio
3. Titi Lamositele
4. Cameron Dolan
5. Greg Peterson
6. Al McFarland
7. Andrew Durutalo
8. Samu Manoa
9. Mike Petri
10. AJ MacGinty
11. Chris Wyles (C)
12. Thretton Palamo
13. Seamus Kelly
14. Takudzwa Ngwenya
15. Blaine Scully

Men’s Eagles | Reserves
16. Phil Thiel
17. Olive Kilifi
18. Chris Baumann
19. Louis Stanfill
20. John Quill
21. Danny Barrett
22. Shalom Suniula
23. Folau Niua

Australia | v. USA
1. James Slipper (C)
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
3. Greg Holmes
4. Kane Douglas
5. Rob Simmons
6. Ben McCalman
7. Sean McMahon
8. Wycliff Palu
9. Nick Phipps
10. Bernard Foley
11. Rob Horne
12. Matt Giteau
13. Henry Speight
14. Joe Tomane
15. Kurtley Beale

Australia | Reserves
16. James Hanson*
17. Scott Sio
18. Toby Smith
19. Dean Mumm
20. Sam Carter*
21. Quade Cooper
22. Will Genia
23. Taqele Naiyaravoro*

The rest of the Eagles Rugby World Cup squad include, Matt Trouville, Matekitonga Moeakiola, Joseph Taufete’e, Hayden Smith, Niku Kruger, Andrew Suniula, Zack Test and Brett Thompson.

Other members of Australia’s Rugby World Cup squad include, Forwards – Stephen Moore (C-RWC), Michael Hooper (VC-RWC), Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton, Scott Fardy, David Pecock and Backs – Adam Ashley-Cooper (VC-RWC), Matt Toomua, Israel Folau, Drew Mitchell and Tevita Kuridrani.

Australia’s Extended squad* includes, Sam Carter, David Dennis, Tetera Faulkner, James Hanson, Scott Higginbotham, James Horwill, Samu Kerevi, Christian Lealiifano, Tagele Naiyaravoro and Nic White.

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