The second round of the Americas Pacific Challenge will be held October 11, 2017. The USA Selects will play Uruguay A at 3pm ET. The Selects were defeated by Samoa A 48-26 in the first round. Uruguay A beat Tonga A 34-25.
Americas Pacific Challenge – USA Selects
USA Selects have made eight changes in the starters and have a new addition in the reserves. Chance Wenglewski will start at loosehead prop, while captain Peter Malcolm and Angus MacClellan retain their positions at Hooker and tighthead prop, respectively. Brendan Hardiman comes in at lock and will partner with Brendan Daly. Flankers Ben Landry will have his first APC action, while Psalm Wooching was a reserve against Samoa A. Aladdin Schirmer retains his position at No. 8.
In the backs, Holden Yungert and JP Eloff move from reserves to starters at scrum half and inside center, respectively. Mike McCarty and Josh Whippy see their first APC action at Flyhalf and wing. Rounding out the backs are Bryce Campbell at outside center, Tim Maurine at wing and Mitch Wilson at fullback.
Kelipi Fifita also will see his first Americas Pacific Challenge action should he enter as a reserve.
Scott Lawrence confirmed Hanco’s availability for Wednesday’s match, “Hanco’s card was immediately dismissed by the citing commissioner upon our appeal, he will make the roster this Wednesday. It was an unfortunate call as we were on our way to the go ahead try with momentum in our favor.”
Read more at https://www.usarugby.org/2017/10/mens-selects-look-to-gain-momentum-against-uruguay-a-at-apc/?CGdUO4sjXZrKxIx3.99
Americas Pacific Challenge – Uruguay A
Uruguay A will have ten changes from their win over Tonga A. Six of these changes are in the forwards, as the front row has changed. Facundo Gattas and Carlos Arboleya will be the loosehead and tighthead props, while Carlos Pombo is the Hooker. Mathias Palomeque will pair with Diego Magno, who retains his position at lock. In the back row, flanker Leandro Segredo and No.8 Juan Diego Ormaechea will start with Marcos Chamyan retained at flanker.
The halfback combination of captain Guillermo Lijtenstein and Lucas Duran, along with outside center Joaquin Prada return. Rodrigo Bocking will start at inside center, Francisco Lopez at fullbacks, and wings changes Nicholas Freitas and Gaston Mieres.
Americas Pacific Challenge – USA Selects & Uruguay A Squads
USA Selects: 1 Chance Wenglewski 2 Peter Malcolm (C) 3 Angus MacClellan 4 Brendan Daly 5 Brendan Hardiman 6 Ben Landry 7 Psalm Wooching 8 Aladdin Schirmer 9 Holden Yungert 10 Mike McCarthy 11 Josh Whippy 12 JP Eloff 13 Bryce Campbell 14 Tim Maupin 15 Mitch Wilson 16 Alex Vorster 17 Huluholo Moungaloa 18 Kelipi Fifita 19 Matt Jensen 20 Hanco Germishuys 21 Ruben De Haas 22 Ben Cima 23 Zach Pangelinan
Uruguay A: 1 Facundo Gattas 2 Carlos Pombo 3 Carlos Arboleya 4 Diego Magno 5 Mathias Palomeque 6 Marcos Chamyan 7 Leandro Segredo 8 Juan Diego Ormaechea 9 Guillermo Lijtenstein (C) 10 Lucas Duran 12 Rodrigo Bocking 13 Joaquin Prada 14 Gaston Mieres 15 Francisco Lopez 16 Matias Benitez 17 German Kessler 18 Felipe Inciarte 19 Diego Ayala 20 Gonzalez Soto Mera 21 Baltasur Brum 22 Frederico Favaro 23 Gaston Gibernau