Saturday, August 13, 2011

USA vs Canada - teams announced

The second of two pre Rugby World Cup matches between the North American powers, Canada and the United States, will be played today at the home of USA rugby, Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. The game kicks off at 7:15pm local time and the USA Eagles are expecting a capacity crowd for the fixture. It is the final international match to be played in North American before Rugby World Cup 2011. The USA will face Japan in Tokyo next weekend while Canada will travel to Australia for a training camp. Both sides need a win to build confidence ahead of New Zealand 2011 which is just four weeks away. Last weekend the two sides clashed in Toronto and the SUA held a hafltime lead but, in the end, Canada fought back to win the match 28-22.

Both sides have made a number of changes for the match. The most interesting talking points being that Nese Malifa has retained the flyhalf spot after his poor performance in Toronto for the Eagles last week, the other being Jebb Sinclair´s move to the secondrow for Canada to make way for Adam Kleeberger. The move, no doubt, was motivated in large part to counter USA captain, Todd Clever who was clearly thw best lpayer on the park in Toronto. There have also been three changes in the Canadian backline. Scrumhalf, Ed Fairhurst misses out due to work commitments and has been replaced by Sean White with Jamie Mackenzie taking his spot on the bench. Winger Ciaran Hearn has been given a start to enable Matt Evans sufficient time to recover from his minor knee injury. The loss of Evans means James Pritchard will play at fullback. The home side have made four changes with veteran loosehead prop, Mike MacDonald replacing Mate Moeakiola, and hooker Phillip Thiel being replaced by Chris Biller. In the backs Colin Hawley gets a huge chance to shine as he replaces Agen winger, Kevin Swiryn on the left wing, while Tim Usasz returns at scrumhalf in place of Mike Petri.

United States

1 Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie, England)
2 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh, England)
4 John van der Giessen (Utah)
5 Hayden Smith (Saracens, England)
6 Louis Stanfill (Mogliano, Italy)
7 Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan) *Captain
8 Nic Johnson (Unattached)
9 Tim Usasz (Nottingham, England)
10 Nese Malifa (Glendale Raptors)
11 Colin Hawley (Olympic Club)
12 Andrew Suniula (Cornish Pirates, England)
13 Paul Emerick (Life University)
14 Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz, France)
15 Blaine Scully (Unattached)

Reserves: 16 Phillip Thiel (Life University), 17 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), 18 Scott LaValla (Stade Francais, France), 19 Jonathan ‘JJ’ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa), 20 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club), 21 Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), 22 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)

Unavailable: Troy Hall (NYAC), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), James Paterson (Highlanders, New Zealand), Junior Sifa (Unattached), Chris Wyles (Saracens, England)
 
Canada

1. Hubert Buydens (Prairie Wolf Pack)
2. Pat Riordan (BC Bears) * Captain
3. Jason Marshall (BC Bears)
4. Jebb Sinclair (London Irish)
5. Jamie Cudmore (Clermont, France)
6. Adam Kleeberger (BC Bears)
7. Chauncey O'Toole (Ospreys, Wales)
8. Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion, England)
9. Sean White (BC Bears)
10. Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)
11. Phil Mackenzie (Esher, England)
12. Mike Scholz (Ontario Blues)
13. DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
14. Ciaran Hearn (The Rock)
15. James Pritchard (Bedford, England)

Reserves: 16. Ryan Hamilton (BC Bears), 17. Andrew Tiedemann (Prairie Wolf Pack), 18. Brian Erichsen (BC Bears), 19. Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion, England), 20. Jamie Mackenzie (Esher, England)
21. Ryan Smith (Prarie Wolfpack), 22. Nathan Hirayama (BC Bears)

Unavailable: Ed Fairhurst, Matt Evans, Nanyak Dala and Jeremy Kyne.
 

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