USA Men’s Eagles Face Ireland in Dublin

Head coach Gary Gold has made four changes to the starting XV with three new reserves as the USA Men’s XVs National Team faces Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, KO 2:15 PM ET, on

Bryce Campbell will be the captain and the team enters the match against Ireland after an impressive performance against England on July 4 at Twickenham. The USA was rusty in the first half but came back in the second half outscoring England 26-17 for a final score of 43-29.

Roster Changes

  • Joe Taufete’e starts at hooker (previously on the bench vs England)
  • Hanco Germishuys starts at flanker (previously on the bench vs England)
  • Marcel Brache is out due to HIA, Mike Te’o jumps in at fullback
  • Christian Dyer starts at wing after scoring a try in his national team debut last week (previously on the bench vs England)
  • Kapeli Pifeleti (hooker), Andrew Guerra (flanker), and Will Magie (fullback) added to the bench


Head Coach Gary Gold said: “I’m proud of the guys for the fight they showed against England last week but obviously we have a new and difficult task ahead with Ireland. While we did some very good things last week, it’s important that we improve on those and eradicate the silly errors that allowed us to give away soft tries. We need to keep building on our basics and enjoy the opportunity to learn from teams who play in this environment regularly.

“Luke and Christian did themselves proud last week, as did the rest of the boys. It was a great occasion for them and they showed the carefree exuberance of youth. We hope to see them build on that energy this weekend with a focus on improving.”

The USA Men and Ireland last met in 2018 when the Irish were ranked No. 2 in the world. While the Eagles fell 14-55, it was their first test match loss all year. They face an Irish team ranked fourth in the world, having defeated Japan in a close 39-31 last week at home. The USA is ranked at No. 16.

reland Head Coach Andy Farrell has included 𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀 in his Ireland Match Day Squad against the United States. There are four new caps in the starting XV and a further four uncapped players in the replacements.

James Ryan is the captain and with the uncapped Nick Timoney at openside flanker. In the front row, Tom O’Toole is set to make his international debut. Craig Casey will debut at scrumhalf and James Hume at the outside center.

The replacements include Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Will Addison, and the uncapped quartet Fineen Wycherley, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, and Harry Byrne. 

USA Men’s XVs National Team Roster 

1. David Ainu’u Prop Toulouse (FRA) 10
2. Joe Taufete’e Hooker Lyon (FRA) 28
3. Paul Mullen Prop Utah Warriors 19
4. Gregory Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 31
5. Nick Civetta Lock Rugby United New York 27
6. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Rugby United New York 22
7. Riekert Hattingh Flanker Seattle Seawolves 1
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 52
9. Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Austin Gilgronis 18
10. Luke Carty Flyhalf LA Giltinis 1
11. Mika Kruse Wing Utah Warriors 1
12. Bryce Campbell (C) Center Austin Gilgronis 33
13. Calvin Whiting Center Utah Warriors 2
14. Christian Dyer Wing USA Sevens 1
15. Mike Te’o Fullback Utah Warriors 29
16. Kapeli Pifeleti Reserve Saracens (ENG) 3
17. Matt Harmon Reserve NOLA Gold 1
18. Dino Waldren Reserve NOLA Gold 20
19. Nate Brakeley Reserve Rugby United New York 24
20. Psalm Wooching Reserve San Diego Legion 5
21. Andrew Guerra Reserve NOLA Gold uncapped
22. Michael Baska Reserve Utah Warriors 1
23. Will Magie Reserve Austin Gilgronis 26

USA Men’s XVs National Team Staff 

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Asst Coach | Rob Hoadley
Coach Consultant | Neal Hatley
Coach Consultant | Chris Wyles
Head of Strength & Conditioning | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Marc Kowalsky
Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan
Athletic Trainer | Ron Klingensmith
Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez
Asst Manager | Will Bevan

USA vs England | 43-29 (L)
July 4, 2021
Twickenham Stadium, England

USA vs Ireland
July 10, 2021
Aviva Stadium, Ireland
Streamed LIVE on in the USA

Ireland Squad

  • 1. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 44 caps
  • 2. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 12 caps
  • 3. Tom O’Toole (Ballynahinch/Ulster) uncapped
  • 4. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) 4 caps
  • 5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 36 caps captain
  • 6. Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 8 caps
  • 7. Nick Timoney (Banbridge/Ulster) uncapped
  • 8. Gavin Coombes (Young Munster/Munster) 1 cap
  • 9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster) 2 caps
  • 10. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 23 caps
  • 11. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 24 caps
  • 12. Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 5 caps
  • 13. James Hume (Banbridge/Ulster) uncapped
  • 14. Robert Baloucoune (Enniskillen/Ulster) uncapped
  • 15. Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster) 12 caps
  • 16. Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 5 caps
  • 17. Ed Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
  • 18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 15 caps
  • 19. Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster) uncapped
  • 20. Paul Boyle (Buccaneers/Connacht) uncapped
  • 21. Caolin Blade (Galwegians/Connacht) uncapped
  • 22. Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster) uncapped
  • 23. Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) 4 caps

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