USA Rugby Selects Squad: Americas Pacific Challenge

USA Rugby Selects & Americas Pacific Challenge

By Doug Coil
The Americas Pacific Challenge is being held in Montevideo, Uruguay. USA Rugby Selects Head Coach Scott Lawrence will meet in Fort Lauderdale with 27 athletes and the 10 home reserves prior to leaving for the competition in South America.
Alex Maughan, Benjamin Cima, Bryce Campbell, Hanco Germishuys, Jean-Paul Eloff and Matthew Jensen, who played in the 2016 tournament, will travel to Montevideo. Chance Wengleski also played in the tournament and will be a home reserve.

The United States finished with a 1-2 record following 2016 play.

The Americas Pacific Challenge is a round robin competition with three competitive rounds. Teams will play opponents in their opposite pool once, with the tournament winner determined by the total number of competition points accrued across the three rounds. No caps however are awarded during the tournament as the competition is developmental and the teams participating are not the senior squads.

Men’s USA Rugby Selects – APC2017

  • Peter Malcolm (Austin Huns) Hooker
  • Alex Vorster (Brigham Young University) Hooker
  • Huluholo Moungaloa  (Life West) Prop
  • Kelepi Fifita (Glendale Raptors) Prop
  • Alex Maughan (Life University) Prop
  • Patrick Ryan (Bath United) Prop
  • Angus Maclellan (Chicago Lions) Prop
  • Matthew Jensen (Brigham Young University) Lock
  • Brendan Hardiman (San Francisco Golden Gate) Lock
  • Ben Landry (Glendale Raptors) Lock
  • Brendan Daly (San Francisco Golden Gate) Lock
  • Jack Kaka (Brigham Young University) Flanker
  • Aladdin Schirmer (Seattle Saracens) Flanker
  • Psalm Wooching (Seattle Saracens) Flanker
  • Hanco Germishuys (Austin Huns) No.8
  • Ruben De Haas (Llittle Rock Stormers) Scrumhalf
  • Holden Yungert  (Saint Mary’s College) Scrumhalf
  • Ben Cima (Rocky Gorge) Flyhalf
  • Mike McCarthy (Saint Mary’s College) Flyhalf
  • Bryce Campbell (Glendale Raptors) Center
  • Lemoto Filikitonga (San Francisco Golden Gate) Center
  • Josh Whippy (Brigham Young university) Center
  • Martini Talapusi (Life West) Center
  • Zach Pangelinan (Strikers Rugby) Wing
  • Tim Maupin (Saint Mary’s College, Dublin) Wing
  • Mitch Wilson (Life University) Fullback
  • Jean-Pierre Eloff (Chicago Lions) Fullback

Home Reserves

  • Jacob Finau (San Francisco Golden Gate) Hooker
  • Chance Wengleski (Lindenwood University) Prop
  • John Hayden (Seattle Saracens) Prop
  • Siaosi Mahoni (Life West) Lock
  • Maciu Koroi (Life University) Back row
  • Devreaux Ferris (Life West) Scrumhalf
  • Kalei Konrad (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club) Flyhalf
  • Lorenzo Thomas (Lindenwood University) Center
  • Vetekina Malafu (Kutztown University) Wing
  • Marcus Tupuola (Notre Dame College) Wing
Men’s USA Selects Tour Staff:
Head Coach: Scott Lawrence
Assistant Coach: JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach: Scott Murray
Assistant Coach/Analyst: James Harrison
Team Manager: Chris Hanson
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Ng
Team Physician: Alexandra Myers

Americas Pacific Challenge 2017 Schedule

  • Rd1 Oct. 7 USA Rugby Selects v Samoa A 11:30am ET
  • Rd1 Oct. 7 Argentina XV v Canada A 2:00pm ET
  • Rd1 Oct. 7 Tonga A v Uruguay A 4:30pm ET
  • Rd2 Oct. 11 Tonga A v Canada A 11:30am ET
  • Rd2 Oct. 11 Argentina XV v Samoa A 2:00pm ET
  • Rd2 Oct. 11 USA Rugby Selects v Uruguay A 4:30pm ET
  • Rd3 Oct. 15 Tonga A v Samoa A 11:30am ET
  • Rd3 Oct. 15 USA Rugby Selects v Canada A 2:00pm ET
  • Rd3 Oct. 15 Argentina XV v Uruguay A 4:30pm ET
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