The U.S. Men’s National Team Eagles include a squad of 35-players for the annual Americas Rugby Championship 2019 that begins on Saturday, February 2.
The Eagles, the reigning two-time champions, will open on the road against Chile and Argentina XV before coming home to play Brazil, Uruguay, and rival-Canada. All but the match against Argentina XV will be test matches.
The USA had their most successful year during 2018, winning all five matches in the Americas Rugby Championship 2018 and claiming first-ever wins over then-No. 6 Scotland and Samoa. The ARC is the first competition of the year with the World Cup looming later in the year.
Several players will be returning to the team after injury. Flyhalf AJ MacGinty has been training with the Sale Sharks, Mike Te’o, whose injury kept him out of both the Summer and Autumn test matches last year, and Peter Malcolm are expected to make an appearance at some point during the tournament.
Malon Al-Jiboori also returns to fifteens after earning his first cap in the Americas Rugby Championship last season and then continuing to make appearances in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The team also has newly capped players Gannon Moore, Nick Boyer, Chance Wenglewski and David Ainuu who all made their Eagle debut in November of 2018. Three new players will have the opportunity to earn their first caps in Life University’s Duncan Van Schalkwyk, San Diego Legion’s Kipeli Pifeleti and New England Free Jacks’ Tadhg Leader.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will open the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 against Chile in Santiago on Feb 2. They’ll next face Argentina XV in Rio Negro on Feb 9 before all teams have a bye week. Canada announced that during the bye week that Major League Rugby players will return to their teams for that week. It is anticipated that that may also occur with a number of Eagles players.
The USA will play their final three matches of the competition in America with a Feb 23 matchup against Brazil in Texas; as well as two final games in Seattle against Uruguay on Mar 2 and rival-Canada on Mar 8. The first two are considered home games for the Eagles with the final counted as a home game for Canada.
Tickets to see the U.S. Men’s National Team face Brazil, Uruguay and rival-Canada are available now at usarugby.org/tickets.
All matches of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby in the United States.
USA Men’s Eagles Squad
|David Ainuu||Prop||Toulouse (FRA)||2|
|Malon Al-Jiboori||Flanker / No. 8||Glendale Raptors||1|
|Nick Boyer||Scrumhalf||San Diego Legion||1|
|Marcel Brache||Wing||Western Force/Perth (AUS)||12|
|Bryce Campbell||Center||London Irish (ENG)||21|
|Nick Civetta||Lock||Doncaster Knights (ENG)||18|
|Shaun Davies||Scrumhalf||Glendale Raptors||19|
|Ruben de Haas||Scrumhalf||Free State Cheetahs (RSA)||7|
|Cam Dolan||No. 8||NOLA Gold||40|
|Dylan Fawsitt||Hooker||Rugby United New York||7|
|Hanco Germishuys||Flanker||Glendale Raptors||11|
|James Hilterbrand||Hooker||Manly Marlins (AUS)||16|
|Luke Hume||Fullback||Rugby United New York||20|
|Will Hooley||Flyhalf||Bedford Blues (ENG)||6|
|Titi Lamositele||Prop||Saracens (ENG)||26|
|Ben Landry||Lock||Ealing Trailfinders (ENG)||15|
|Paul Lasike||Center||Harlequins (ENG)||9|
|Tadhg Leader||Flyhalf||New England Free Jacks||uncapped|
|AJ MacGinty||Flyhalf||Sale Sharks (ENG)||20|
|Will Magie||Flyhalf||Glendale Raptors||19|
|Peter Malcolm||Hooker||Austin Elite||11|
|Ryan Matyas||Wing||San Diego Legion||12|
|Tim Maupin||Fullback||NOLA Gold||9|
|Gannon Moore||Wing||Utah Warriors||2|
|Paul Mullen||Prop||Houston Sabercats||6|
|Greg Peterson||Lock||Bordeaux Bégles (FRA)||20|
|Kapeli Pifeleti||Hooker||San Diego Legion||uncapped|
|John Quill||Flanker||Rugby United New York||29|
|Tevita Tameilau||Flanker||Glasgow Warriors (SCO)||12|
|Joe Taufete’e||Hooker||Worcester Warriors (ENG)||19|
|Mike Te’o||Wing||San Diego Legion||21|
|Duncan Van Schalkwyk||Scrumhalf||Life University||uncapped|
|Dino Waldren||Prop||London Scottish (ENG)||15|
|Chance Wenglewski||Prop||Lindenwood University||1|
*Unavailable due to injury: Blaine Scully, Nate Augspurger, Psalm Wooching, Eric Fry, Tony Lamborn, Dylan Audsley
USA Men’s Eagles Staff
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan (Brazil)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 2
vs Chile | Time TBA
Saturday, Feb 9
vs Argentina XV | 3 PM ET
Rio Negro, ARG
Saturday, Feb 23
vs Brazil | 7:10 PM CT
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX
Saturday, Mar 2
vs Uruguay | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 8
vs Canada | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
About the Full Squad
USA Rugby has indicated that the full squad is a pool of athletes who will assemble with the team and be available for selection at some point within a competition window. Starting rosters for each game within the competition window can be selected from this pool of athletes with occasional replacements made to cover injuries and player availability.
About the Americas Rugby Championship
The Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) is an international, round-robin competition at the test level which features six competing teams from North and South America including Argentina XV, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay, and the USA. All matches contested in the ARC count for rankings points and test caps with the exception of those played against Argentina XV who compete as a secondary national team. Originally introduced as a development tournament, the Americas Rugby Championship began operating at the senior international level in 2016 where Argentina XV (who remained as part of the setup) claimed the inaugural championship and USA took runners-up. USA is currently reigning champions having won both the 2017 and 2018 ARC with Argentina XV runners-up in both years.
ARC Points Structure
Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
Loss – 0 points
Scoring 4+ tries – 1 point
Losing by 7 or fewer points – 1 point