USA Men’s Eagles Head Coach Gary Gold continues to juggle his match-day squad as he attempts to cooperate with European and Major League Rugby Clubs. The 13th ranked Eagles will face 17th ranked Uruguay this Saturday, March 2 in the fourth round of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 at Starfire Sports. Kickoff is set for 10 PM Eastern Standard Time, LIVE on FloRugby.
Head Coach Gary Gold has made five changes to the starting roster forwards Joe Taufete’e at hooker and Tevita Tameilau at flanker. Taufete’e is only one try away from passing Keith Wood as the highest scoring front row forward in test match rugby history.
There are three changes in the backs with Shaun Davies getting a week’s rest and Ruben de Haas gaining a start at scrumhalf. Marcel Brache returns at wing and Will Hooley will be at fullback.
Nick Boyer, who earned his first cap in November, could make his first Americas Rugby Championship appearance off the bench. John Quill, Dylan Audsley and Gannon Moore will also be key contributors from the bench.
Saturday’s match-day 23 features 342 cumulative caps.
Head Coach Gary Gold said “We had a number of penalties which put us in a really compromising position against Brazil last week. Especially in the second half when the match almost got away from us. Our performance in these next two games is absolutely crucial, not only from a competitive point-of-view but also from a preparation point-of-view as consistency in execution is a key focus in a World Cup year. We’re in the home stretch now and look forward to closing out the ARC with our vibrant home fans in Seattle.”
Both teams have qualified for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 and the USA will look for greater consistency as the squad continues its preparation for the World Cup.
Next week the Men’s Eagles will close out the tournament against rival-Canada with a matchup also taking place at Starfire Sports in Seattle, WA. Tickets for both games are available at usarugby.org/tickets with a live stream available on FloRugby exclusively in the United States.
Uruguay has selected a very strong squad against the U.S. The team is utilizing eight Major League Rugby players, with one as a reserve. An additional player was part of the extended squad.
USA: 1. Chance Wenglewski (Lindenwood University 3) 2. Joe Taufete’e (Worcester Warriors -ENG, 20) 3. Paul Mullen (Houston SaberCats 8) 4. Nate Brakeley (Rugby United New York 17) 5. Nick Civetta (Doncaster Knights ENG 20) 6. Tevita Tameilau (Glasgow Warriors SCO 14) 7. Hanco Germishuys (Glendale Raptors 13) 8. Cam Dolan (NOLA Gold 42) 9. Ruben de Haas (Free State Cheetahs RSA 9) 10. Will Magie Glendale Raptors 21) 11. Marcel Brache (Western Force AUS 14) 12. Paul Lasike (Harlequins ENG 11) 13. Bryce Campbell (London Irish ENG 23) 14. Blaine Scully (C) (Cardiff Blues WAL 44) 15. Will Hooley (Bedford Blues ENG 7) 16 Kapeli Pifeleti (San Diego Legion 1) 17 David Ainuu (Toulouse FRA 3) 18 Dino Waldren (London Irish ENG16) 19 Ben Landry (Ealing Trailfinders ENG15) 20 John Quill (Rugby United New York 30) 21 Nick Boyer (San Diego Legion 1) 22 Dylan Audsley (San Diego Legion 7) 23 Gannon Moore (Utah Warriors 3)
Uruguay: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti (Houston SaberCats) 2 Germán Kessler (Los Cuervos) 3 Juan Rombys (Trébol) 4 Ignacio Dotti (NOLA Gold) 5 Diego Magno (Houston SaberCats) 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (Cap., Old Boys) 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea (Carrasco Polo) 8 Alejandro Nieto (Houston SaberCats) 9 Santiago Arata (Houston SaberCats) 10 Juan Manuel Cat (Old Boys) 11Nicolás Freitas (Carrasco Polo) 12 Andrés Vilaseca (Austin Elite 13 Joaquín Prada (Los Cuervos) 14 Federico Favaro (Old Christians) 15 Gastón Mieres (Toronto Arrows 16 Facundo Gattas (Hindú, AR) 17 Juan Echeverría (Austin Elite) 18 Mario Sagario (Carrasco Polo) 19 Franco Lamanna (Darlington Mowden Park, UK) 20 Leandro Segredo (Old Christians) 21Tomás Inciarte (Old Christians) 22 Manuel Blengio (Old Christians) 23 Agustin Della Corte (Trébol de Paysandú)
USA Men’s Eagles Staff
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Defense Coach | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule & Results
- vs Chile 71-8 (W)
- vs Argentina XV 45-14 (L)
- BYE WEEK
- vs Brazil 33-28 (W)
- Saturday, Mar 2 vs Uruguay 7:10 PM PT Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA Get Tickets
- Friday, Mar 8 vs Canada 7:10 PM PT Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA