Wednesday, May 25, 2011

USA squad named for Churchill Cup

USA Eagles head coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has confirmed his squad of players to play in next months Churchill Cup in England. The side is not at full strength as O’Sullivanhas opted to rest a number of top players including Taku Ngwenya and Chris Wyles who are to be given rests after enduring long seasons for their French and English clubs. Similarly secondrower, Samu Manoa, who is to join Northampton in July on a professional contract has been rested. Complications with Premiership Rugby in England mean another secondrower is unavaliable as Saracens´ Hayden Smith has been released for international duty by his club but not Premiership Rugby. All four are certain to be selected for Rugby World Cup 2011 which gives other players a chance to start in their places and push for World Cup selection.

The USA Eagles squad includes 13 professional players and 7 members of the USA Rugby Sevens teams presently competing in the HSBC Sevens World Series. The USA´s matches will be broadcast in the United States on Universal Sports who will show USA vs England Saxons and USA vs Tonga in addition to the Bowl and Cup Finals. The broadcasts will be shown live online and delayed on Television.

USA Squad
Forwards: Inaki Basauri (L' Aquila, Italy), Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate), Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan), Pat Danahy (Life University), Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa), Nic Johnson (Unattached), Will Johnson (London Irish, England), Danny LaPrevotte (San Francisco Golden Gate), Scott LaValla (Unattached), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England), Louis Stanfill (Mogliano, Italy), Phil Thiel (Life University), John van der Giessen (Utah Warriors)

Backs: Paul Emerick (Life University), Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore), Troy Hall (New York Athletic Club), Colin Hawley (Olympic Club), Nese Malifa (Glendale), Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors), Mike Petri (Newport-Gwent Dragons, Wales), Mile Pulu (San Francisco Golden Gate), Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC), Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), Kevin Swiryn (Agen, France), Zack Test (Unattached), Tim Usasz (Nottingham, England)

Eagles´ Churchill Cup Schedule
June 4, 2011: USA vs. England Saxons (Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton)
June 8, 2011: USA vs. Tonga (Moseley Road, Surrey)
June 18, 2011: Elimination Match (Sixways, Worcester)

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