Thursday, July 21, 2011

USA name Rugby World Cup Build-up Squad

USA Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has taken another step closer to confirming his official squad of 30 players for New Zealand 2011 with today´s announcement of a squad of 36 for the final stages of preparation. Of the players selected, several are currently training in Glendale, Colorado with strength & conditioning coach Dave Williams, with the rest of the squad set to join them on July 31. The team will then travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first of three Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, the first being vs Canada at Toronto´s BMO Field on August 6. Following that the USA will then host Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 13. Both matches are expected to attract big crowds with USA Rugby and Rugby Canada both hoping for full houses. In the days before the match in the USA, the Glendale Raptors will take on a USA Select team on August 10 also at Infinity Park. The USA Eagles will then travel to Tokyo for their final match against Japan on August 21.

The Eagles last played Canada in 2009 as part of the RWC qualifying process, winning the first clash 12-6, and going down 41-18 in the second. Canada is currently ranked 16th on the IRB world rankings, one place ahead of the USA. Japan has improved tremendously over the last few years, moving into 12th place on the IRB world rankings and are intending on leaving a mark at New Zealand 2011. All three international matches will be broadcast live in the United States on USA Rugby's broadcast partner, NBC Universal.

One important omission from the squad is San Francisco Golden Gate lock Samu Manoa, who has signed a professional contract with English Premiership Club, Northampton Saints and will not feature at New Zealand 2011. A clause in his contract prevents him from playing at Rugby World Cup 2011. The USA Eagles squad consists of 18 forwards and 18 backs, and is boosted by the availability of several professionals that did not take part in the recent Churchill Cup such as Taku Ngwenya, Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles.

USA EAGLES Build-Up Squad

Forwards

Iñaki Basauri (L' Aquila, Italy)
Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
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)
Nic Johnson (Unattached)
Will Johnson (London Welsh, England)
Scott LaValla (Stade Francais, France)
Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England)
Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club)
Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93, France)
Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England)
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)
Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors)
James Paterson (Highlanders, New Zealand)
Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)
Blaine Scully (University of California - Berkeley)
Robbie Shaw (Bristol, England)
Junior Sifa (Nottingham, England)
Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)
Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)
Kevin Swiryn (Agen, France)
Zack Test (Unattached)
Tim Usasz (Nottingham, England)
Chris Wyles (Saracens, England)

Rugby World Cup Build-Up Schedule
August 6, 2011, 2.00 P.M: Canada vs USA (BMO Field, Toronto, Canada)
August 10, 2011, 7.00 P.M: USA Select vs Glendale Raptors (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)
August 13, 2011, 7.15 P.M: USA vs Canada (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)
August 21, 2011, 6.00 P.M: Japan vs USA (Prince Chichbu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tokyo, Japan)

New Zealand 2011 SCHEDULE

September 11, 2011: USA vs. Ireland (New Plymouth)
September 15, 2011: USA vs. Russia (New Plymouth)
September 23, 2011: USA vs. Australia (Wellington)
September 27, 2011: USA vs. Italy (Nelson)

With Thanks: www.eaglesxv.com

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