Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Canada vs United States - USA Eagles team named

The countdown towards Rugby World Cup 2011 continues to reach its final stages as Canada are set to host the United States this Saturday in the first of two international matches between the North American countries. The governing body of Canadian rugby, Rugby Canada, hosted a press conference today in Toronto to discuss the match to take place at BMO Field. Canadian international coach Kieran Crowley was joined by international players Jeremy Kyne and Ander Monro as a large group of Toronto Sports media gathered on Wednesday. If the number of media personal  present and the length of the interviews is anything to go by then Saturday´s match is to be a huge success. Ticket sales have been groundbreaking with a record attendance guaranteed for the Toronto showdown. The Canadian players and staff are excited by the response they have recieved for what is to be Canada´s first home match since November 2009.

Meanwhile, United States Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has named a strong side for the match but not the USA´s actual best XV. Fullback, Chris Wyles (Saracens, England) is unavailable through injury as is the exciting young winger James Paterson (Highlanders, New Zealand). O’Sullivan has nonetheless named a powerful USA side which contains at least thirteen players who are certain to make the squad for New Zealand 2011. He confirmed that Wyles and Paterson were being rested to give them time to return in better condition. Backrower, Todd Clever has been confirmed as captain and will form a strong backrow combination with Lou Stanfill and Nic Johnson. The backrow contest looms as being the most interesting given the form of Canada´s 6-7-8 unit in the recent Churchill Cup competition. The USA welcome back first choice secondrower, Hayden Smith, who is to lock the scrum with John van der Giessen. Mike Petri has won the battle for the scrumhalf position and will combine with Nese Malifa at flyhalf. They will be charged with the responsibility of creating space and opportunities for the centre duo of Andrew Suniula and Paul Emerick who should provide the Eagles with a significant advantage. The other area whcih the USA looks impressive is on the wings. The French based combination of Taku Ngwenya and Kevin Swiryn will form a new look back-three with All American captain Blaine Scully starting at fullback in place of Chris Wyles.

The USA Eagles have a 35 player squad which has been training together in Glendale, Colorado since Sunday in preperation for the match. The 22 players named to face Canada will travel to Toronto on Thursday morning. The match is to kick-off at 2:00pm with Canada entereing as slight favorites according to the IRB World Rankings which has Canada at 16th in the world and the USA at 17th. The second test match will take place at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado seven days latter and the USA will then travel to Tokyo to play Japan on Sunday, August 21.

15 Blaine Scully (Unattached)
14 Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz, France)
13 Paul Emerick (Life University)
12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)
11 Kevin Swiryn (Agen, France)
10 Nese Malifa (Glendale)
9 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)
8 Nic Johnson (Unattached)
7 Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan) *Captain
6 Louis Stanfill (Mogliano, Italy)
5 Hayden Smith (Saracens, England)
4 John van der Giessen (Utah)
3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England)
2 Phillip Thiel (Life University)
1 Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93, France)


16 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
17 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)
18 Inaki Basauri (Perigueux, France)
19 Jonathan Gagiano (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
20 Tim Usasz (Nottingham, England)
21 Roland Suniula (Boston)
22 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)

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  1. since when did Basauri play for Perigueux?

  2. He has joined the club from L´aquila in Italy. He will start playing for Periguex in the Pro d2 after the World Cup.

  3. good move for him, ProD2 is better standard of rugby I think

    hasn't A Suniula signed for Cornish Pirates as well?

  4. Thats correct. I´ll put a piece on Andrew Suniula on the site in a week or so.