Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Saracens vs USA

Teams confirmed for Tuesday´s fixture in London, England:

15 Ben Ransom
14 Noah Cato
13 Sam Stanley
12 Kevin Sorrell
11 James Short
10 Owen Farrell
9 Kevin Barrett
8 Justin Melck
7 Will Fraser
6 Don Barrell
5 George Kruis
4 Steve Borthwick (captain)
3 Carlos Nieto
2 Schalk Brits
1 Jared Saunders

Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 James Ellershaw, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Matt Hankin, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Jake Sharp, 23 Luke Baldwin.

USA Eagles

1 Eric Fry (Unattached)
2. Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
3. Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England)
4. Scott LaValla (Dublin University, Ireland)
5. Samu Manoa (San Francisco Golden Gate)
6. JJ Gagiano (Eastern Province Kings, South Africa)
7. Inaki Basauri (L’Aquila, Italy)
8. Nic Johnson (Denver Barbarians)
9. Mike Petri (Sale, England)
10. Nese Malifa (Glendale Raptors)
11. Paul Emerick (Ulster, Ireland)
12. Alipate Tuilevuka (Old Puget Sound Beach)
13. Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier, France)
14. Zack Test (Loughborough University)
15. Colin Hawley (Unattached)

The Eagles reserves will be named today and this match will be certain to give O’Sullivan a good indication on a number of players. Centre, Seta Tuilevuka who was interviewed last month on this site, gets his first start for the Eagles, alongside his brother Alipate. In a remarkable turn of events the Montpellier centre will play for the USA after only weeks ago thinking it was a long shot. His selection at 13 sees USA Eagles regular, Paul Emerick start the match at wing which is very interesting considering the competition at wing with both Kevin Swiryn (Agen) and Zee Ngwenya (Biarritz) in great form in the French Top 14. It is not only Emerick at wing that is a surprize. The USA side in general is very experimental with no Todd Clever or Louis Stanfill in the backrow. The fact both are rested but the USA will still field tow professional players in their backrow underlines the progress of the USA since France 2007.

Because of the autumn internationals taking place across Europe, Saracens will be without a number of players on international duty. Two such players are USA Eagles Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles who will have to watch the match from the sidelines as 30 of their friends fight it out on the field. One player from the Americas will play for Saracens, as Italian international prop Carlos Nieto who is from Argentina not Italy will play for the English club. In addition to Smith and Wyles, players missing to international duty include David Strettle (England), Michael Tagicakibau (Fiji), Jacques Burger (Namibia) and Kelly Brown (Scotland).

With thanks: www.eaglesxv.com

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