Wednesday, June 22, 2011

USA name 50 man training squad


USA Eagles national coach, Eddie O´Sullivan has named a prelimerary squad of 50 players which will be cut to 30 for New Zealand 2011. The squad will train together and play three tests in August before the cut-off-date of August 22nd when all teams must submit their Rugby World Cup squad of 30 players to the IRB. O´Sullivan´s squad of 5o players includes 36 forwards and 24 backs including players based in England, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and from all corners of the United States. The side will be captained by backrower, Todd Clever.

The USA players have an exciting six weeks ahead before the first international vs Canada in Toronto. The schedule of three matches in fifteen days is ideal preperation for New Zealand 2011.

Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Schedule

August 6 Canada vs USA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 13 USA vs Canada, Glendale, Colorado, USA
August 21 Japan vs USA, Tokyo, Japan

Forwards

Inaki Basauri (L' Aquila, Italy)
Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbarians)
Ryan Chapman (Utah Warriors)
Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan)
Pat Danahy (Life University)
Cameron Dolan (Life University) Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)
JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa)
Matt Hawkins (Belmont Shore)
Nic Johnson (L' Aquila, Italy)
Will Johnson (London Irish, England)
Tom Katzfey (New York Athletic Club)
Danny LaPrevotte (San Francisco Golden Gate)
Scott LaValla (Stade Français, France)
Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England)
Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints, England)
Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club)
Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93, France)
Alec Parker (Glendale)
Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England)
Anthony Purpura (Boston Rugby)
Hayden Smith (Saracens, 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)
Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz, France)
Folau Niua (San Francisco Golden Gate)
Thretton Palamo (University of Utah)
Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors)
James Paterson (Otago Highlanders, New Zealand)
Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)
Volney Rouse (San Francisco Golden Gate)
Blaine Scully (University of California - Berkeley)
Robbie Shaw (Bristol, England)
Junior Sifa (Nottingham, England)
Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)
Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)
Shalom Suniula (Unattached)
Kevin Swiryn (Agen, France)
Zack Test (Unattached)
Pate Tuilevuka (Old Puget Sound Beach)
Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier, France)
Tim Usasz (Nottingham, England)
Chris Wyles (Saracens, England)

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